Dental and Vision Benefits

Coverage for dental and vision services is available through the following options:

Students enrolled in the Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan—either plan—have access to covered preventive dental services and specially discounted rates for other dental needs through Columbia Doctors Dentistry.

The 90 Plan includes:

  • One routine examination per plan year
  • X-rays as needed and with the routine examination
  • One dental cleaning (prophylaxis) per plan year
  • Evaluation of emergency dental conditions and emergency pain relief
  • A $20 copay per visit
  • A 10 percent discount off self-pay fees on additional services

The 100 Plan includes:

  • One routine examination per plan year
  • X-rays as needed and with the routine examination
  • One dental cleaning (prophylaxis) per plan year
  • Evaluation of emergency dental conditions and emergency pain relief
  • A $10 copay per visit
  • A 25 percent discount off self-pay fees on additional services

These dental benefits are operated by Columbia Doctors Dentistry and are not underwritten by Aetna or administered by Aetna Student Health.

Locations

Students not enrolled in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan may enroll in the Columbia Student Dental Plan offered by Columbia Doctors Dentistry for $180 per plan year. The enrollment period begins August 1 and ends January 31.

The Columbia Student Dental Plan includes:

  • Two routine examinations per plan year
  • X-rays as needed and with the routine examinations
  • Two dental cleanings (prophylaxis) per plan year
  • Evaluation of emergency dental conditions and emergency pain relief
  • No copay for preventive visit
  • A 25 percent discount on additional services

These dental benefits are operated by Columbia Doctors Dentistry and are not underwritten by Aetna or administered by Aetna Student Health.

Columbia Doctors Dentistry offers:

  • Care provided by faculty and fellows of Columbia’s College of Dental Medicine
  • Convenient locations near the Morningside and Medical Center campuses
  • Comprehensive care including all specialty services
  • No claim forms to complete
  • No requirement to choose a primary care dentist

Email them at ColumbiaStudentDentalPlan@cumc.columbia.edu.

Locations

Aetna Student Health is offering a Dental Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan to Columbia University students and their eligible dependents for the 2018-19 academic year.  Enrollment in this voluntary dental plan is open to all registered students and their eligible dependents.

Fall Open Enrollment: July 15, 2018 - September 30, 2018 - Enroll Online

Fall Coverage Dates: August 15, 2018 - December 31, 2018

*Fall enrollment automatically carries forward for the full academic year

 

Spring Open Enrollment (new students only): December 15, 2018 - February 15, 2019

Spring Coverage Dates (new students only): January 1, 2019 - August 14, 2019

 

To learn more about the plan benefits, coverage, and to enroll in the voluntary Student Dental PPO plan please visit the Aetna Student Health website.

The Ameritas Dental PPO Plan will not be available in the 2018-19 Plan year and coverage for those enrolled will end on August 14, 2018.  Continuing students are encouraged to review the other dental options available on this page or consult an independent dental insurance provider.

The Aetna Vision℠ Discount Program is available to all students enrolled in either plan level of the Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan, which 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, students can receive discounts on LASIK surgery, the laser vision correction procedure. A listing of participating providers is available through the Aetna DocFind© feature.

Providers closest to the Morningside campus are: