Columbia Health makes available on an as-needed basis up to $750 to students who are unable to afford or, for other compelling reasons (e.g., related to concerns about confidentiality), choose not to avail themselves of benefits available to them through their health insurance. These funds are available exclusively to Full Time and Part Time students currently enrolled in degree-seeking programs in a Columbia School on the Morningside Campus who have paid the Health and Related Services fee. This policy does not apply to student enrolled at Columbia University Medical Center schools and programs, Barnard College, or to the Affiliates (Teachers College, Union Theological Seminary and Jewish Theological Seminary).

These funds are intended exclusively to help defray expenses for specific urgent, time-sensitive and necessary healthcare-related services and treatments, examples of which include, but are not limited to, Elective Termination of Pregnancy, Emergency Care, Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment, and Attentional Disorders and Learning Disabilities. This fund is not intended to defray expenses related to premium, deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance; nor will it be used to defray expenses associated with failure to access health insurance benefits appropriately (e.g., failing to request a specialist referral in a timely fashion).

Funds may be requested by completing the Special Healthcare Needs Fund application. The application and supporting documents should be submitted to Columbia Health, 423 West 120th Street, Suite 107, MC 3607, New York, NY 10027 or faxed to (212) 854-3654. All applications will be evaluated by the Columbia Health Special Healthcare Needs Fund Committee, who are committed to reviewing each request in a speedy and confidential manner.

The University continues to require that all full-time students have healthcare coverage, either through the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan or through a comparable insurance policy. The Special Healthcare Needs Fund is not intended to supplant this requirement.

The Columbia Health team welcomes all student questions and is available to help students understand their options regardless of their insurance policy.

Last updated November 29, 2016