Please read the information carefully as eligibility and enrollment opportunities are regulated by a variety of federal and state laws. Eligibility is time sensitive based on a host of individual factors. If you are unsure or have questions regarding eligibility after reading the details found in the Student Health Insurance section of the Columbia Health website, please contact the Student Health Insurance Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-854-3286 at the earliest opportunity. Students are responsible for knowing their options regarding eligibility and enrollment deadlines.
All full-time and part-time Columbia University students currently registered in a course or courses for credit and billed tuition at the Morningside Campus, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) Campus, Jewish Theological Seminary, Teachers College, and Union Theological Seminary are eligible for coverage in the Student Health Insurance Plan. This includes students registered for Residence Units, Full-Time Matriculation and Facilities, MFA Research Arts, Maintenance of Status, Visiting, and Exchange students.
Activation of coverage is contingent on students being eligible, registered, charged tuition, and having requested enrollment in the student health insurance plan.
Students must enroll annually during the open enrollment period, starting with their first term at the University and each fall thereafter. Columbia University is not responsible for students missing deadlines.
In most cases dependent spouse/partners and children can also be enrolled in the plan. Students with dependents are encouraged to learn more about dependent coverage when making an insurance decision.
Students only auditing a course(s), students on a non-medical leave of absence, or students that have exceeded the maximum number of medical leave semesters are not eligible to enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan.
Medical Leave of Absence
For students on or considering a Medical Leave of Absence, please review the information below and schedule an appointment with a Health Insurance team member to discuss your insurance options.
Students in good standing who are on an approved medical leave of absence are eligible to remain on the student health insurance plan for a cumulative maximum of two semesters during the course of the student’s entire enrollment within a particular school at Columbia University, regardless of the length of program. The two semesters are cumulative but do not need to occur sequentially.
Medical leaves must be approved by the student’s academic unit and reflected in the Student Information System (SIS). The time point in the semester when a student elects to take a medical leave with insurance is not considered when determining eligibility and that semester shall count toward the two term maximum.
Upon written notification from the academic unit of a student medical leave the Student Health Insurance Office will contact the student via their Columbia University e-mail address to determine if they wish to remain enrolled in the student health insurance plan. Students who do not reply within 14 days will be automatically terminated from the plan, effective at the end of the month in which the Student Health Insurance Office is notified or at the conclusion of the semester, whichever comes first.
Withdrawal or Dismissal from the University
Students who withdraw from the University on a non-medical leave or are dismissed from the University are categorically ineligible to remain on the Student Health Insurance Plan. When the Student Health Insurance Office receives notification from the University withdrawal system the office will inform the student via their Columbia University e-mail and a mailed letter noting the loss of coverage.
Students whose withdrawal (non-medical) or dismissal is transmitted to the Student Health Insurance Office (via the University withdrawal system) during the Open Enrollment period are considered as having never enrolled at the University for that term and are ineligible to be enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan.
Students who leave the plan during the semester will have coverage end at the end of the month in which the Student Health Insurance Office is notified by the University withdrawal system or 21 days after the Student Health Insurance Office is notified by the University withdrawal system – whichever is later -- and will receive a pro-rated refund of any remaining premium as a credit to their student account. Note: the Columbia Health Fee, paid by all students enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan, is non-refundable and is not pro-rated.
Individuals that are no longer eligible for the Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan are encouraged to learn more about other coverage options.
Please contact the Student Health Insurance Office at email@example.com or 212-854-3286.