Health Service Fee

Cost: 
$625-650 per term
Year Period: 
2016 - 2017
Other Fees: 
Health Service and Insurance Fees - Medical Center
Applicable Students & Schools: 
All CUMC students and GSAS students registered on the CUMC campus in specific disciplines

1.    CUMC Student Health Service Fee (8/15/16 - 8/14/17)

Annual: $1,275.00
Fall Term: $625.00
Spring Term: $650.00

All full time students registered in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, (including Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy), the College of Dental Medicine, the Mailman School of Public Health, and those students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences who are registered on the Columbia University Medical Center Campus in Anatomy; Biochemistry; Biostatistics; Dental Science; Epidemiology; Genetics; Human Nutrition; Integrated Program in Cellular, Molecular, and Biophysical Studies; Medical Informatics; Microbiology; Pathology; Pharmacology; Physiology; and Sociomedical Sciences shall be charged the CUMC Student Health Service Fee.  All registered Columbia University School of Nursing (CUSON) students shall also be charged the CUMC Student Health Service fee.

2.    In addition to the CUMC Student Health Service fee, the following individuals shall be enrolled in the Platinum level of the Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan that covers specified costs of off‐campus health care, including appropriately authorized hospitalization:

a.    All students registering full time, and all Columbia University School of Nursing (CUSON) students, in the Fall Term shall be charged mandatory fees and be enrolled in the health insurance plan.

b.    Students registering full time in the Spring Term, either as an entering student or as a continuing student switching from half‐ or part‐time status, shall be charged mandatory fees and be enrolled in the health insurance plan covering the period January  01  through the end of the coverage period.

c.    Upon registration for the Spring Term, students are billed for the level of coverage provided in the Fall Term. The CUMC Student Health Service monitors to ensure that no change in coverage is possible during the Plan Year except in special circumstances described in the insurance plan materials.

d.    Students in category b. who continue in full‐time status in the Fall Term shall be charged the mandatory annual fees, collected on a per semester basis as above, and be required to purchase the student health insurance plan as in category a. above.

e.    All international students, regardless of the number of registered credits, are required to enroll in the Platinum level of the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan and pay the Student Health Service Fee.  Insurance waivers may be considered on a case by case basis for international students who are covered by a U.S.-based, employer-sponsored, group health plan (as a primary, spouse, or dependent) or who are short-term visitors to campus.  This requirement supersedes all other requirements or exemptions contained herein for international students

Students already enrolled in a comparable medical insurance plan may request a waiver of enrollment in the University’s plan by entering an online waiver request at the designated website by the applicable deadline. The waiver request must be entered annually.  It is not possible to enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan without being enrolled in the Student Health Service.

3.    The following individuals are encouraged but not required to participate in the Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan. If they elect to participate, they shall be charged the CUMC Student Health Service Fee as well as the annual insurance premium:

a.    Students registered half‐time or part‐time in all CUMC schools and programs except for the Columbia University School of Nursing students (see 2a).

b.    Adult dependents of all students:

i.    Spouses.

ii.    Domestic partners as designated by a signed affidavit and supported by at least two pieces of documentation that show shared financial responsibility.

Note:  Adult dependents of students may not enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan without being charged the CUMC Student Health Fee which requires receipt of primary care through the Student Health Service.

4.    Students who are eligible for care in the CUMC Student Health Service and who enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan are encouraged, but not required, to purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan for their dependent children. The CUMC Student Health Service does not provide clinical services for children, but children may receive care through the Student Health Insurance Plan.

5.    The following exceptions exist for students to waive all or part of the mandatory annual coverage requirements:

a.    Full‐time students registered in the Fall Term who are eligible to graduate in February will have their coverage end on December 31. If they are not registered for Spring Term classes, they will not be eligible for continuation of the insurance.

b.    Full‐time students registering in the two categories below who wish to be considered for a waiver must first apply to their school, program, or department, who shall collect the appropriate information and forward it to the Student Health Service Finance and Administration Office. In each case these students must provide proof of continuing, equivalent health insurance for outpatient, physician, emergency, ancillary, mental health, hospital, and out‐of‐area services:

i.    Students enrolled in doctoral programs with no courses and no regular laboratory or other work on the Columbia University Medical Center Campus.

ii.    Students required by their academic program to live and study and/or do fieldwork more than 50 miles away from the CUMC campus for one or more terms.

c.    Students enrolled in a dual degree program requiring that they first be registered on the Morningside Campus may maintain Columbia Health coverage at Morningside and shall not be charged the CUMC Student Health Service fee. Similarly, students in a dual degree program who register originally at the CUMC Campus may maintain the CUMC Student Health Service coverage during the terms in which they are registered on the Morningside Campus. These students must contact the Student Health Service Finance and Administration Office to ensure appropriate management of their health service eligibility and related fees and insurance requirements.