George Washington University
STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN

2021-2022 Academic Year

 Eligibility

Mandatory Eligibility: All undergraduate students matriculated in a degree-granting program, medical, on-campus nursing, on-campus Health Science, and all international students holding a J1 or F1 visa are required to have health insurance while they study at GW. These students will be automatically enrolled in the GW SHIP and must submit an opt-out waiver if they have another insurance plan that meets the required waiver criteria. 

Voluntary Eligibility: All graduate students not listed above matriculated in a degree-granting program, all non-degree seeking undergraduate students with at least 12 credit hours, all non-degree seeking graduate students with at least 9 credit hours, students on continuous enrollment, and students on a school-approved leave of absence are eligible to enroll on a voluntary basis. (Note that some GW graduate assistants or graduate research assistants receive subsidized funding to cover the costs of the GW SHIP. Contact your department or research advisor for more information.)

If you are a Fully Funded Fellow, Graduate Assistant or Graduate Research Assistant please make sure you have received your GW award letter for the upcoming academic year and you have accepted your Fully Funded Fellow, Graduate Assistant or Graduate Research Assistant award. If you have received and accepted your award, please email the Health Insurance Office at ship@gwu.edu indicating you want to be enrolled in the student health insurance plan and the insurance charge will be added to your student account. Fully Funded Fellows, Graduate Assistants or Graduate Research Assistants who email the Health Insurance Office will automatically be enrolled at the mandatory rate and no action is required of you unless you choose to enroll your eligible dependents. Fully Funded Fellows, Graduate Assistants, and Graduate Research Assistants who have enrolled in the GW Student Health Insurance Plan and are fully funded* (GWSPH and SMHS excluded), will be eligible for a subsidy towards the cost of the plan. The Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships will issue a special payment per semester enrolled (Fall and Spring) on the student's account. Please contact the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships if you have questions about the special payment (gradfell@gwu.edu).
 

 Insurance Cost & Coverage Periods

Coverage Period Annual Fall Spring/Summer Summer Only
Dates of Coverage 8/12/2021-8/11/2022 8/12/2021-12/31/2021 1/1/2022-8/11/2022 5/1/2022-8/11/2022
Mandatory Student Cost $2,465.00 $959.00 $1,506.00 $696.00
Voluntary Student Cost $3,758.00 $1,462.00 $2,296.00 $1,060.00
Deadline Dates September 12, 2021 September 12, 2021 February 1, 2022 May 20, 2022

Plan Highlights
 

The benefit information is located on the left side of this page. GW has partnered with University Health Plans to administer the plan and help with waiver, enrollment, or eligibility related questions. University Health Plans can be reached at 833-251-1721 or info@univhealthplans.com. Aetna Student Health can be reached at 877-480-4161 for any benefit or claim-related questions.  

Waiver Process

Undergraduate students matriculated in a degree-granting program, medical, on-campus nursing, on-campus Health Science, and international students holding a J1 or F1 visa with comparable coverage can opt-out of the Student Insurance Plan by completing the waiver form located on the left side of this page by the deadline. Before waiving, compare the cost, coverage, and benefits of the Plan to your existing plan. Failure to complete the waiver will result in a student being enrolled and responsible for the Health Insurance Fee. 

Domestic Waiver Criteria
  • Plan provides comprehensive coverage in the George Washington campus area (Washington metropiltan area of Washington D.C. and parts MD, VA, and WV). Emergency only coverage does not satisfy this requirement.
  • Plan is owned, operated and based in the United States, and fully compliant with a Affordable Care Act benefit regulations for individual or group health insurance plans filed in the United States.
  • Plan is currently active and provides coverage for the entire 2021/2022 academic year while a registered student.
  • Annual deductible does not exceed $2,500, or have the personal or family means or a health savings account to pay for a higher deductible.
 
International Waiver Criteria
  • Plan provides comprehensive coverage in the George Washington campus area (Washington metropiltan area of Washington D.C. and parts MD, VA, and WV). Emergency only coverage does not satisfy this requirement.
  • Plan is owned, operated and based in the United States, and fully compliant with a Affordable Care Act benefit regulations for individual or group health insurance plans filed in the United States.
  • Plan is currently active and provides coverage for the entire 2021/2022 academic year while a registered student.
  • Annual deductible does not exceed $500.
  • My plan provides at least $7,500 coverage for Repatriation (repatriation provides transportation to your home country in the event of death).
Please note, health insurance plans marketed solely to international students are often not filed and approved in the U.S., have limited benefits, provider networks and/or coverage periods that do not comply with GW’s waiver requirements. GBG Insurance, HDL Global Specialty, ISO, PGH (United), PSI, Student Medicover, and Tata AIG are examples of companies that do not meet the waiver requirements.
 

 Enrollment Process

Undergraduate students matriculated in a degree-granting program, medical, on-campus nursing, on-campus Health Science, and international students holding a J1 or F1 visa are automatically charged and enrolled in the SHIP if you do not submit a waiver form. NO ACTION IS REQUIRED TO ENROLL.

All Graduate students not listed above matriculated in a degree-granting program, all non-degree seeking undergraduate students with at least 12 credit hours, and all non-degree seeking graduate students with at least 9 credit hours are eligible to enroll on a voluntary basis by completing the voluntary enrollment form located on the left side of this page by the deadline. (Note that some GW graduate assistants or graduate research assistants receive subsidized funding to cover the costs of the GW SHIP. Contact your department or research advisor for more information.) Voluntary student premiums can be paid at the time of enrollment or in installments; however, the premium cannot be charged to your student account.

Eligible students may insure their dependents, including their spouse and unmarried children under the age of 26 for an additional cost by completing the enrollment form located on the left side of this page by the deadline. Dependent premiums can be paid at the time of enrollment or in installments; however, dependent premiums cannot be charged to your student account. Dependent eligibility is effective and expires concurrently with that of the insured student, meaning coverage is only available to dependents if and when the student is insured under the plan. 

If you withdraw from school within the first 31 days of a coverage period, you will not be covered under the Policy and the full premium will be refunded, less any claims paid. After 31 days, you will be covered for the full period that you have paid the premium for, and no refund will be allowed. (This refund policy will not apply if you withdraw due to a covered accident or sickness.)

Students MUST maintain eligibility for the plan to remain enrolled for spring 2022 coverage. If you are no longer considered Mandatory for spring you may be eligible to enroll on a voluntary basis. Please refer to the eligibility section of the brochure to see if you meet the voluntary eligibility requirement. Students not returning to GW for the spring semester will not be eligible to continue enrollment and will be removed from the plan as of January 1, 2022.

GW Colonial Health Center-Medical Services

The Colonial Health Center is the University's on-campus health facility. It is located at 800 21st St. NW, Ground Floor, Washington D.C, 20052. Staffed by Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Mental Health Providers, and Registered Nurses. Please visit https://healthcenter.gwu.edu/ or call 202-994-5300 for more information and hours of operation.

When the following services are provided at the GW Colonial Health Center (CHC) they are covered at 100% with no Copay or Deductible. Medical office visits, Prescription medications routinely dispensed at Health Service, Routine STD screenings, (Once Annually) Physical Examinations, Immunizations, A yearly influenza vaccination when provided at the CHC only.

Annual Deductible waived for services rendered at GW Mental Health Services. Office Visits are covered at 100%. Group Counseling is covered at 100%. Referrals are available to providers in the community. For more information, call the CHC Mental Health Services at (202) 994-5300.