Graduate students sometimes need to take time off from their studies to attend to a personal, financial, employment, or medical situation. Use this comparison tool to discover your options for taking leave as a graduate student. See which option meets your needs best, keeping in mind that impacts on things like employment and insurance will vary depending on your situation.

The tool has three columns. It compares the standard leave of absence for graduate students, the Family Medical Leave for graduate students and graduate assistants employed for less than a year, and graduate assistants employed for more than one academic year.

1. Eligibility and requirements

A. Who may apply

  • Leave of absence for graduate students

    Graduate students and GAs

  • Family Medical Leave for graduate students

    Graduate students, and GAs employed for less than one year

  • Family Medical Leave for graduate assistants

    GAs employed for one full academic year or more

B. Reasons for leave

  • Leave of absence for graduate students

    Personal, financial, employment, medical

  • Family Medical Leave for graduate students

    Parental, or other serious health condition of self or immediate family member

  • Family Medical Leave for graduate assistants

    Parental, or other serious health condition of self or immediate family member

C. Academic requirements

  • Leave of absence for graduate students

    In good standing, 3.0 GPA minimum

  • Family Medical Leave for graduate students

    In good standing, 3.0 GPA minimum

  • Family Medical Leave for graduate assistants

    In good standing, 3.0 GPA minimum

D. Duration and frequency

  • Leave of absence for graduate students

    By term, up to three terms at a time during academic year, limits vary by degree level and term of admission. See the catalog for term limits. Intermittent leave not allowed.

  • Family Medical Leave for graduate students

    Parental: up to 12 week continuous block for each birth/adoption. Other serious health: up to 12 week continuous block per academic year. If leave ends mid-term, Graduate School can extend leave through end of term. Intermittent leave not allowed.

  • Family Medical Leave for graduate assistants

    Parental: up to 12 week continuous block for each birth/adoption; to be shared by both parents if covered under this policy. Other serious health: up to 12 week continuous block, one time only. If leave ends mid-term, Grad School can extend leave through end of term. Intermittent leave not allowed.

E. International students

  • Leave of absence for graduate students

    Consult with Office of International Services (OIS) for immigration considerations

  • Family Medical Leave for graduate students

    Consult with Office of International Services (OIS) for immigration considerations

  • Family Medical Leave for graduate assistants

    Consult with Office of International Services (OIS) for immigration considerations

F. Work at OSU or enrolled while on leave

  • Leave of absence for graduate students

    No

  • Family Medical Leave for graduate students

    No

  • Family Medical Leave for graduate assistants

    No

2. Benefits

A. Student status

  • Leave of absence for graduate students

    Retains active student status; seamless return to academic program

  • Family Medical Leave for graduate students

    Retains active student status; seamless return to academic program

  • Family Medical Leave for graduate assistants

    Retains active student status; seamless return to academic program

B. Employment status

  • Leave of absence for graduate students

    n/a

  • Family Medical Leave for graduate students

    If GA, departments not required to hold position upon return.

  • Family Medical Leave for graduate assistants

    Holds GA position upon return for the duration of contract; does not extend contract.

C. Insurance

  • Leave of absence for graduate students

    Available through COBRA One term option for Student Health Fee for access to SHS, CAPS; Corvallis only

  • Family Medical Leave for graduate students

    Available through COBRA One term option for Student Health Fee for access to SHS, CAPS; Corvallis only

  • Family Medical Leave for graduate assistants

    Same coverage, GA pays at same rate while on leave. One term option for Student Health Fee for access to SHS, CAPS; Corvallis only

D. Salary

  • Leave of absence for graduate students

    n/a

  • Family Medical Leave for graduate students

    If GA, may use accrued paid sick leave; otherwise unpaid.

  • Family Medical Leave for graduate assistants

    May use accrued paid sick leave; otherwise unpaid. May request donated sick leave up to 30 hours emailing the Protected Leave Office.

E. Tuition remission

  • Leave of absence for graduate students

    n/a

  • Family Medical Leave for graduate students

    If GA, tuition remission eligible if 126 or more hours worked in term. If leave begins mid-term, consult with Business Center for hours worked.

  • Family Medical Leave for graduate assistants

    Tuition remission eligible if 126 or more hours worked in term. If leave begins mid-term, consult with Business Center for hours worked.

3. How to apply

Complete the application in section A and also fill out the medical certification form listed under section B.

A. Application

B. Documentation requirements

Download the eligibility comparison as a table in a PDF.

Eligibility comparison PDF