Some Examples of Life Changes

If enrollment in the Columbia Plan has been waived for the Fall Term the waiver will automatically be extended to the spring term unless a significant life change occurs that warrants enrollment.

  • Termination of insurance coverage under a partner’s or employer’s benefit plan,
  • Surpassing the maximum age for coverage as a dependent under a parent's plan.

Late requests for enrollment will be reviewed upon receipt of documentation of such a change. Students have 60 days from the life change event to file a Petition to Enroll directly with the Student Insurance Office located in John Jay Hall, 3rd floor.

Students at Columbia's affiliates (Jewish Theological Seminary, Teachers College, Union Theological Seminary, and Columbia University Medical Center) must follow their schools' procedures.

Other Coverage Options

Graduating/departing students can pursue health insurance options via employers, state-based health care exchanges, and through individual plans directly offered by some insurance companies. 

Columbia University does not endorse and has not verified the coverage offered by employers, state-based health care exchanges, and individual plans directly offered by insurance companies.  Individuals are encouraged to carefully review all details of any insurance plan before making a selection.


Last updated April 25, 2017