northeastern university seal

Implications of MLOA

Grades for term: Students on a MLOA receive all “W” (withdrawal) on their transcript for the term.

Tuition Refund Guidelines: The tuition refund for students who withdraw or take a leave of absence on or after the first day of classes is calculated in accordance with the university’s withdrawal refund policy.

Students who have been granted a medical or emergency leave of absence due to extenuating circumstances may submit a Leave of Absence Refund Appeal Form for financial consideration. If the appeal is approved, please note that housing and other fees will not be included in the appeal decision; refer to the Residence Hall and Dining License Agreement. Please only complete the Leave of Absence Refund Appeal Form if you have been approved for a medical or emergency leave of absence.

Please note that any outstanding balance (including unpaid balances) for the academic term in which the leave is taken are still due to the university.

Loans and Repayment: Please review the Student Financial Services’ policy on Withdrawal/Leave of Absence. Financial aid recipients must contact their financial aid counselor to understand the effects on aid received.

Access on campus: Students on a MLOA will no longer have Husky Card access to the Marino Center, libraries, dining services, residence halls, and UHCS. If a student is in treatment at UHCS, they will be provided with referral resources for care in the community where they will reside during their medical leave of absence. Students are not to be participating in student groups while on medical leave.

On-campus housing: Once a MLOA is approved, students are asked to leave the residence halls within 24-48 hours. Students must check out with their residence director before leaving.

OGS and VISA status: International students seeking a MLOA should must complete this form and meet with the Office of Global Services (OGS).

Student Health Plan: Students enrolled in the Northeastern University Student Health Plan (NUSHP) will remain enrolled in the plan through August 31st of the academic year. Students who had coverage under NUSHP after March 31st are eligible to purchase one more year of coverage if their leave extends into the fall of a new school year. For more information contact the insurance coordinator at or (617) 373-8007.