Student Leave Of Absence


Students sometimes must pause their education to accommodate educational goals or special circumstances.  There are many acceptable reasons for obtaining a Leave of Absence, such as medical care for a physical or psychological issue, birth or adoption of a child, family obligations, research, pursuing an additional graduate degree, military service, financial hardship, time to study for boards, and other personal reasons. 

If you are contemplating a leave of absence, be sure to review the Voluntary Leave of Absence (LOA) policy, found on the Academic Programs & Assessment website (scroll to the bottom)


If you are requesting a MEDICAL Leave of Absence, please follow the steps below:

  • Schedule an appointment with the Joseph B. Trainer Health & Wellness Center (JBT) or your health care provider if you are not being treated at JBT.
  • Have your provider complete the attestation form  affirming that your condition requires a medical leave of absence. 
  • Sign the form in the student section giving the health care provider permission to release this very limited information.

If you are RETURNING from a Medical Leave of Absence, please follow the steps below:

  • Have your treating health care provider complete the reinstatement attestation form.
  • Sign the form at the top giving your permission for this very limited release of information.

Please note, providers at the JBT Health & Wellness Center may NOT complete the provider attestation for return from a medical leave of absence.  Only an outside treating provider may perform that service. 

Insurance Options While On Leave

We strongly recommend that you carry some form of health insurance. Going without health insurance involves potential serious health care and financial risks.  

1. Student Health Insurance Plan through PacificSource

If leave is declared after the 100% refund deadline: The student will remain covered through the rest of the term coverage period and can elect one additional term of coverage (per academic career) if the LOA is an approved medical leave.  Enrollment and payment for this one term of medical leave coverage will be done directly with USI, our insurance broker.

If leave is declared prior to the 100% refund deadline: The student will NOT be covered for the term UNLESS it is an approved medical leave.  If an approved medical leave, they will remain covered through the remaining coverage period but will not be able to elect an additional period.   

To review the 100% refund deadline, visit the registrar's website on tuition and fees.

Previous enrollment in the prior term is required in order to qualify for a term of coverage for medical leave.  A maximum of one term of medical leave health insurance coverage will be granted during your academic caree

Your coverage will reinstate once registered for the full term coverage period. 


2. Health insurance and healthcare options outside of OHSU

There are limited opportunities for those on tight budgets to acquire health insurance outside of a parent's plan (for those under 26) or the Student Health Insurance Plan.

  • Federal health exchanges have coverage options for those who have lost coverage elsewhere (considered a qualifying event) and can also screen for Medicaid/Oregon Health Plan. 

Healthcare Resources outside of OHSU - View PDF