Is health insurance mandatory?

Yes, for the following students:

  • Undergraduates, certificate and continuing education students enrolled in 9 or more credit hours
  • Graduate students taking 9 or more credit hours
  • Graduate students with "Grad 903" status
  • All international students (students studying at UVM on a J-1 or F-1 visa)
  • Medical students

Am I required to purchase the University of Vermont Student Insurance?

No. Students are not required to purchase the University of Vermont Insurance if they have comparable coverage under another insurance carrier. Choosing between the UVM Student Health Insurance Policy (UVM SHIP) and comparable coverage is an individual decision and UVM cannot help you make this decision. We can only give you information.

Do I need to notify UVM if I decline or accept the UVM Student Insurance?

Yes. Each year, regardless of your decision to accept or decline the UVM Student Insurance, you must complete the online insurance decision/waiver form. This is how we ensure you are properly covered. Again, this process must be completed EVERY YEAR.

If I do not accept the Student Health Insurance (SHIP), can I still be seen at the UVM Center for Health and Wellbeing? Is there a charge? Can I use my private health insurance?

Yes, you can be seen at the CHWB if you have paid the Student Health Fee for the current term (for many students this is part of the Comprehensive Fee). Most basic CHWB services are covered by the Health Fee. However, services like laboratory work, immunizations, psychiatry visits, prescriptions, X-rays, and orthopedic supplies are not covered by the Health Fee. So, if you do not have coverage from UVM SHIP, you can expect a charge if these services are needed. If this is the case, you can either pay us at the time of service or we can apply the charge to your UVM Student Account. You can then request reimbursement from your insurance company. We cannot accept insurance copays, nor can we bill your insurance company for any chargeable services.

Do I have to make an insurance decision each year, even though I have already given you the information?

Yes. The decision has to be made each year.

How are students notified of the mandatory health insurance requirement?

Students are notified by mail or e-mail each year about this requirement. This is usually done after the student has registered for courses. We send official email to your UVM email address. If you do not use your UVM email account, please forward your UVM email to your preferred email account.

Can I fill out the Waiver/Decision Form on paper?

No. The insurance decision/waiver must be submitted online.

What happens if I do not fill out the Waiver/Decision Form?

Students who do not complete an online insurance decision/waiver by the deadline will be billed, the insurance premium will be added to their UVM student account, and a hold will be placed on their student account. Once a hold is placed on a student's account, s/he will not be able to register or make registration changes. The hold can be removed until the deadline stated below (see next question).

If a hold is placed on my student account, is there a way that I can get it off?

Yes, by entering your current insurance information into the insurance decision/waiver form. Holds can be reversed through the month of August for the Fall semester and until February 15th for the Spring semester.

If a hold was placed on my account, do I need to notify anyone when I have completed the form?

No, the hold and charges will either be added or taken off automatically, depending on your insurance decision. This can be done until the above deadlines (see previous question).

If I make an error, can I change it?

Yes, by going to the insurance decision/waiver form and changing the information that is there. This can be done until the deadlinesmentioned above. The charges will come off or the premium will be added to your student account depending on the decision.

Can international students waive the UVM Student Insurance (UVM SHIP)?

No. International students who want to talk about other coverage can call the insurance office at (802) 656-0602.

What happens if I withdraw from school?

Students who have paid for the UVM SHIP and who withdraw from school or fall below 6 credits may keep the insurance policy for the remainder of that semester, but they are no longer eligible for CHWB services, so they must seek care elsewhere. There is one exception to this rule: if the student is currently under care by a provider or counselor at the CHWB, they may be seen for a brief period of time (not to exceed sixty days) to allow for an orderly transition of their care to an outside provider. These arrangements must be discussed with the CHWB Medical Director or the Director of Counseling and Psychiatry Services, as appropriate, and authorized by the Director of the Center for Health & Wellbeing.

Can I purchase Student Insurance for Fall semester only?

If you are graduating in December and wish to purchase UVM Insurance for the Fall semester only, you can do so by going to the insurance decision/waiver form and checking the appropriate box for "Fall-only."

How will I be billed for the UVM SHIP insurance?

In two separate charges: The first half of the premium payment will be billed to your UVM Student Account in July, August or September, depending on when you enroll in the insurance. The other half will be billed in December for the Spring semester.

Can a spouse/civil union or domestic partner, or a minor dependent purchase the UVM student Insurance?

Yes, but you are responsible for enrollment. Contact University Health Plans (our plan provider) directly for more information or to enroll. Their phone number is (800) 437-6448. You can also enroll on their web site. The deadline for this enrollment is September 15th for Fall semester and February 15th for Spring semester.

What if I do not have access to a computer?

Computers are available at several locations on campus, including the library, outside of Student Financial Services in the Waterman Building or in the CHWB Student Health Clinic at 425 Pearl Street, Ground Floor.