Applying for Inactive Status
Undergraduate degree seeking students who are leaving the university but who have every intention of returning in the near future are encouraged to apply for Inactive status. Inactive status qualifies students who are eligible to return to the university with the following benefits intact: university-based scholarships, academic requirements, eligibility to qualify for on-campus residence and course registration priority. New freshmen and new transfer students are not eligible for inactive status.
Other Enrollment Options
Students planning to study abroad or participate in a term-based academic program offered through another college or university, or through an organization, should consider a consortium or contractual arrangement as an alternative to Inactive Status. Preapproved coursework through consortium or contractual programs allow academic credits earned through such programs to be considered for credit toward degree work at the University of Miami, the possibility of financial assistance through federal and state aid programs, and the participant remains enrolled at the University of Miami.
Consortium Agreement: a written agreement between the University of Miami (the “home” institution) and another college or university (a “host” institution) participating in the federal student aid programs. Under an approved consortium agreement coursework is reviewed and preapproved by the participant’s academic advisor, and federal and state aid programs can be available through the University of Miami.
Contractual Agreement: a written agreement between the University of Miami (the “home” institution) and another college, university, or organization (a “host” institution) NOT ELIGIBLE to participate in the federal student aid programs. However, under an approved contractual agreement, federal and state aid programs may be available through the University of Miami. In addition, coursework is reviewed and preapproved by the participant’s academic advisor.
Students wishing to apply for “Inactive” status will be required to register and pay for this status each semester until they return.
Related Inactive Status Issues
Your SEVIS record will be closed if you are not enrolled for academic courses. Please contact the Office of International Admission at least three months prior to re-enrolling for academic courses at the University of Miami in order to have a new SEVIS record opened and to obtain a new Form I-20/DS-2019.
All students contemplating “Inactive Status” should review their insurance coverage prior to change in status, and should seek alternative coverage if they are no longer eligible for their current health insurance.
Students covered under their parent’s plan should check with their insurance company or their parent’s employer to determine eligibility rules. Employer plans have varying rules considering coverage of dependents which may include age limitations and enrollment for a specific number of credits as eligibility criteria. Those who will no longer be eligible for their current coverage should seek alternative coverage well in advance of their change in status, and should understand that pre-existing condition clauses may be evoked with lapses in coverage.
Students covered under the Student Health Service sponsored plan will be affected differently at different times in school year. Students with annual coverage (August 15 to August 14th) remain insured for the entire year as long as they maintained eligibility during the Fall Semester. Students with Spring/Summer coverage remain covered from January to August if they remained eligible during the Spring Semester. Summer coverage ends August 14th and will not automatically carry over to the next year for “Inactive Students”
Students seeking “Inactive Status” who are not otherwise insured via continued coverage from a prior semester will not automatically be eligible for coverage for their “Inactive” semester but may be eligible for alternative coverage under certain situations. Additional information is available from the Student Health Service staff at email@example.com.