Refund Schedule for Leaves of Absence/Withdrawal
Tuition is prorated according to the schedule below for students who take a leave of absence or withdraw after the term has begun. The effective date of a leave of absence or withdrawal is the date the petition is filed with the Registrar’s Office or a future date if so requested in the student’s letter.

Academic Year 2024–2025 Leave of Absence/Withdrawal Tuition Refund Schedule

Fall 2024 Spring 2025 Refund of Tuition
Withdrawal Deadline* September 12 February 6 100%
Withdrawal Deadline* September 26 February 20 90%
Withdrawal Deadline* October 10 March 6 75%
Withdrawal Deadline* October 31 March 27 50%
Withdrawal Deadline* November 1 March 28 25%
Withdrawal Deadline* November 2† March 31 0%

*Date by which the student notifies the Harvard Chan Registrar’s Office.
If students exceed the November 2 or March 31 deadlines, then a refund will not be issued.

Students who take a leave of absence may pay a higher tuition rate upon their return to the program.

Students who withdraw or take a leave of absence greater than 180 days in length and who are federal student aid recipients are subject to the return of federal/Title IV funding. This policy may affect the amount of federal aid both the School and the student are allowed to retain for the period of enrollment. Please see the Financial Aid Policies on the Office of Financial Aid website for a more detailed description of the Return of Title IV policy including the refund.

Students’ Harvard health insurance will be affected by their withdrawal. For details, contact the Harvard University Student Health Program by phone at 617-495-2008 or by email.