Loss of Health Insurance

Students involuntarily losing their insurance coverage provided through a non-Columbia plan may petition for late enrollment in the Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan.

If enrollment in the Columbia University Student Health Insurance 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. Examples of a significant life change are:

  • 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 with the Student Insurance Office. Students must come to the office to obtain the form:

John Jay Hall, 3rd Floor
212-854-3286
studentinsurance@columbia.edu

Students at Jewish Theological Seminary, Teachers CollegeUnion Theological Seminary, and Columbia University Medical Center must follow their schools' procedures.

Other Coverage Options

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

Columbia does not endorse and has not verified the coverage offered by employers, state-based health care exchanges, or individual plans directly offered by insurance companies.

Individuals are encouraged to carefully review all details of any insurance plan before making a selection.