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If I take a leave in the middle of the semester, will I get any money back?
Tuition and housing charges will be prorated to your last date of attendance. Whether or not this results in a credit in your student account depends on when you leave your financial aid package. As part of the leave process, it is important for you to talk with your financial aid counselor in Student Financial Services about how taking a leave might impact your financial aid.
Can I talk to a student who has come back from a leave?
Yes! It can often be helpful to talk to someone who has been through this experience. We have a mentor program set up for just this reason.
Are there any considerations I should be aware of when taking a leave?
The vast majority of returning students report a very positive outcome during their time away – they feel better able to focus and prioritize the things that are most important to them at MIT. However, some challenges students report experiencing include: graduating with a different class, what to tell people about why they took a leave, adjusted schedule for milestones like ring delivery, a change in living groups, or a sense of feeling “older” then others in their grade. We encourage you to talk with your dean or other students who have returned from a leave about these or other worries you may have about taking a leave.
What if I do not have a S3 Dean? Who should I reach out to?
Call S3 at 617-253-4861 or come to 5-104 during normal business hours to schedule an appointment. You can also come to walk-in hours 10:00am-11:00am or 2:00pm-3:00pm Monday-Friday to talk with a dean.
What does the process of going on leave look like?
If you are thinking about going on leave, you should set up a meeting with a S3 dean. Your dean will help determine the appropriate type of leave to take and answer any questions you have. If you are taking a personal or medical leave, it is important to talk with your dean about what the expectations will be when you request to return. If you are requesting a leave of absence from an upcoming semester, your dean can help you think through your plans. Once you have made your decision, your dean will process your leave and you will be ready to go. While you are on leave, your dean will be available should you have any questions.
What percentage of students who go on leave are able to return?
Last year, 97% of students who took a medical, personal, or required academic leave were approved to return. Students who take a leave of absence and return within two years of their leave do not require approval from the CAP to return. Their returns are automatically processed.
How many students take leave from MIT?
Every year approximately 100 students take a leave from MIT.