Requesting a Leave of Absence (LOA)


If a student* in good academic standing wishes to take time away from MIT, they may consider taking a Leave of Absence (LOA). A student can request to take one leave of absence during their undergraduate career, the duration of which can be between one and four semesters away from MIT. Students are eligible to request a LOA up to ten days following the first day of classes of the semester. If a student’s time away extends beyond two years, their return to MIT will follow the Request to Return process for a Personal Leave.

How to Request a Leave of Absence (LOA)

  • All students should speak with one of the S3 Deans before taking a LOA to understand the process and any implications of taking a leave
  • Complete the online Leave of Absence Request form
  • Be sure you have completed all of the Leave of Absence Action Items
  • LOA Requests will be processed after June 15th for the Fall term and after January 15th for the Spring term

*The COVID-19 emergency has necessitated that we clarify the intent and practice of our Leave of Absence Policy.  LOAs are available to students who have completed at least one semester of MIT and are in good academic standing.  As such, first year students are not eligible to request a Leave of Absence for the fall semester.  Incoming first-year students should consult with the Admissions Office about deferring their enrollment for the 2020-2021 academic year by writing to gapyear@mit.edu.