Dental Discounts

For students enrolled in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan, Columbia Dental Associates (MDA), offers specially discounted rates for a select group of services. MDA provides a dental discount program and offers:

  • Convenient locations near campus
  • Comprehensive care including all specialty services
  • No claims forms to complete
  • No requirement to choose a primary care dentist

Located Close to Morningside Campus

Columbia Dental Associates
1244 Amsterdam Avenue (between 121st and 122nd Streets)
New York, NY 10027
(212) 865-8467

(Map to Columbia Dental)

Services Covered By the Plan

For student participants in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan, the following services are available each plan year and only require a copay, which is required for each visit, as indicated in the chart below:

  • One routine examination per academic year
  • X-rays as needed, and with routine exam
  • One dental cleaning (prophylaxis) per academic year
  • Evaluation of emergency dental conditions, including relief of pain

Emergency services are provided by appointment during regular office hours. Coverage does not include final treatment or restorations.

Any additional services that are not included above will be charged a discounted rate: Gold Plan - 10%   Platinum Plan - 25%. 

This program is operated by the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, and is not underwritten by Aetna or administered by Aetna Student Health.

Specified Routine and Emergency Services

Plan NameCopay Per Visit
Gold Plan$20 copay per visit
Platinum Plan$10 copay per visit

Aetna Advantage Dental

Aetna offers a voluntary dental plan that gives students the ability to select a primary care dentist (PCD) from the large Aetna Network. The participating dentists are conveniently located within the tri-state area and some offer weekend office hours. Please note that enrollment in Aetna Advantage™ Dental Coverage is open to all students and you do not need to be enrolled in the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan to take advantage of this plan.

For information regarding enrollment dates, premiums and coverage information please visit Aetna Student Health website or by phone at (800) 859-8471.

This plan is only available for the 2015-2016 academic year and will be discontinued effective August 31, 2016.

Note: Aetna Advantage Dental™Coverage and insurance plan is underwritten by Aetna Life Insurance Company, Aetna Dental Inc., Aetna Dental of California Inc. and/or Aetna Health Inc. In Arizona, Aetna Advantage™ Dental is underwritten by Aetna Health Inc.

Vision Disounts

Aetna Vision℠ Discount Program

Available to all students enrolled in the Gold or Platinum levels of the Student Health Insurance plans. Enrollment in the insurance plans provides access to discounted prices for many eye care products, including sunglasses, contact lenses, non-prescription sunglasses, contact lens solutions and other eye care accessories. Plus, you can receive discounts on LASIK surgery (the laser vision correction procedure). A listing of participating providers is available through the "DocFind©" feature at

The Aetna Vision℠ Discount Program providers closest to the Morningside Campus are:

  • Columbia Opticians, Inc. 1246 Amsterdam (at 121st Street)
    (212) 316-2020
  • LensCrafters  2770 Broadway (between 106th and 107th Streets)
    (212) 678-0530


Last updated March 23, 2016