Students who take a MLOA may be eligible to receive the following advantages that may not be afforded by another type of leave of absence:
- For undergraduate and graduate students, a MLOA does not necessarily disrupt the student's guarantee of scholarships or funding.
- A MLOA may allow a student to initiate a leave of absence and withdraw from classes later in the semester than is normally permitted for personal leaves of absence.
- The length of time a student may take to recover while on a MLOA is typically longer than the length of time permitted by an academic program for a personal leave of absence.
- For students with tuition reimbursement insurance, a MLOA generally qualifies a student for benefits under tuition insurance plans they may carry.