Graduate/Professional Students - University Health Plan (UHP)
Saint Louis University requires all full-time Graduate/Professional Students to have basic health insurance. If a student already has other health insurance coverage in effect, then coverage under the University Health Plan (UHP) may be waived. Full-time Graduate/Professional Students that do not waive UHP coverage must enroll and will be charged for UHP coverage during Fall and Spring semesters in which they are registered. Summer coverage is optional. Student-athletes participating in NCAA sports should contact the Department of Athletics to confirm if summer coverage is required for their sport.
Distance learners as well as Continuing Education and School for Professional Studies students are excluded from the requirement. Study Abroad students are also excluded since they are required to enroll in either the International Insurance Plan or Sanitas Plan provided through Saint Louis University.
Graduate/Professional Students with a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester have the option to enroll for UHP coverage.
Waiver Instructions: To waive UHP coverage, a completed Health Insurance Waiver Form must be submitted along with evidence of other coverage in effect (a front and back copy of a current insurance card or a letter of verification from current plan). Evidence of other coverage documents must specifically list your name and a policy number. Completed Health Insurance Waiver Forms and evidence of other coverage documents are only applicable to the academic year in which they are submitted. Students that do not submit a Health Insurance Waiver Form and evidence of other coverage during orientation, an Open Enrollment Period or Special Enrollment Period will be charged for UHP coverage.
Graduate/Professional Students must submit Health Insurance Waiver Forms and evidence of other coverage documents to Student Health and Counseling Center staff.
Important Exception: Students awarded Graduate Assistantships that include health insurance coverage should continue to follow enrollment instructions outlined in their contract packets or as provided by Graduate Assistantship administrators.
Enrollment/Changes to Plan Elections: Eligible Graduate/Professional Students and their dependent(s) must enroll or request changes to plan elections (i.e. drop coverage) within 31 days of admission to a University program, during an Open Enrollment Period or during a Special Enrollment Period.
Special Enrollment Periods are provided when a qualifying event occurs (i.e. loss of other coverage, or acquiring new dependents through marriage, birth, or adoption). If enrollment or plan election changes are not completed within 31 days of the qualifying event, the enrollment or plan election changes may not be made until the next Open Enrollment Period.
To enroll, Graduate/Professional Students must provide a completed Enrollment Application Form to Student Health and Counseling Center staff.
Important Exception: Students awarded Graduate Assistantships that include health insurance coverage should follow enrollment instructions outlined in their contracts or as provided by Graduate Assistantship administrators.
Open Enrollment: Enrollment forms may be submitted in advance of Open Enrollment Periods. Upcoming Open Enrollment Periods for Graduate/Professional Students include:
Spring 2014: Jan 01, 2014 - Feb 14, 2014
Fall 2013: Aug 15, 2013 - Sep 30, 2013
Continuation of Coverage: When student UHP eligibility would otherwise end due to events such as graduation, withdrawal, leave of absence or change in student status from full-time to part-time, Student Continuation Coverage, which is a temporary extension of coverage under the plan, can become available. The length of Student Continuation Coverage shall not exceed six months from the date a covered individual no longer meets eligibility requirements. All documentation and payments related to Student Continuation Coverage must be directed to the UHP Office. See the election form below for important details, requirements and rates:
Possible alternatives to continuing UHP coverage include commercial health insurance plans and coverage sponsored by the Saint Louis University Alumni Association. Coverage through the Alumni Association's program is available to Saint Louis University graduates. Click on the link below for details:
Recent health insurance reform legislation is designed to expand health coverage opportunities. Click on the link below for details:
Additional Assistance: For additional assistance with issues related to Graduate/Professional Student enrollment contact the Student Health and Counseling Center at (314) 977-2323.
The fax number for the Student Health and Counseling Center is (314) 977-7165.
Page Updated: 11/11/13