Dear SVA Student,

SVA requires students to have health insurance that meets certain requirements. To make sure all students have sufficient coverage, students are automatically enrolled in the SVA-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan and billed by Student Accounts for the Health Insurance Fee. The annual coverage period is 8/25/2016-8/24/2017 and the Health Insurance Fee is billed as $970 per semester ($1,940). For students enrolled only for the Spring coverage period (01/06/2017-8/24/2017) the Health Insurance Fee is $1,228.

Each year SVA aims to get the best value for money plan for our students. For the 2016-2017 policy the health insurance fee will remain the same as last year. Additionally, we will continue with the current insurance administrator, Consolidated Health Plans, allowing in network access to the Cigna PPO.

Please take a few minutes to review the SVA-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan. Refer to the plan brochure by clicking on the “Brochure” link on the left hand side of this page. This plan provides coverage from August 25, 2016 through August 24, 2017 for students enrolled and attending the Fall and Spring semesters. Below are some of the highlights of the School of Visual Arts Student Health Insurance Plan:

  • Access to CIGNA’s nationwide provider network
  • Unlimited maximum benefit per plan year
  • 90% coverage for Preferred Care / 60% coverage for Non-Preferred Care
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Mental health coverage
  • Inpatient hospitalization coverage
  • Travel Assistance Services


Students who have sufficient coverage and, therefore, do not wish to remain enrolled in the SVA-sponsored insurance plan, must provide information about their insurance coverage each year by waiving online only by the deadline date of October 6 2016. If you do not complete a waiver form by the deadline date, you will be responsible for the Health Insurance Fee. Upon reviewing the information, if you have comparable insurance and do not want the SVA insurance plan, please select the “Waiver Form” link on the left hand side of the page. A completed waiver form removes your insurance enrollment and the Health Insurance Fee. Waiving for Fall 2016 automatically waives you for Spring 2017. Read through the waiver form carefully, follow the directions and provide the requested information.

If the waiver is approved, you will receive an automated e-mail confirming that you have waived. Please keep this e-mail as your receipt of waiver.  Allow some time for the $970 fee to be removed from your tuition bill. If you have not paid your tuition bill yet and you have proof of waiver, subtract the $970 from the Total Amount Due. 


If you have a life changing event (i.e. involuntary loss of coverage) and need to re-enroll in the SVA-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan after submitting a waiver, please complete the Student Insurance Enrollment Form located at and email or fax it to the SVA Office of Student Health and Counseling Services. If you need assistance while navigating this system, please contact our broker, University Health Plans, Inc., at 800-437-6448.

Best wishes,

Christine Gilchrist MSN, MPH, RN, NC-BC
Associate Director
Student Health and Counseling Services