Why is this year’s graduate student health insurance plan for an 11-month period and will graduate students be given health insurance next July?

Date: August 2021

Question

Hi Deans,

I have noticed that this year’s graduate student health insurance plans are for an 11-month period (August 2021 – June 2022), as opposed to a full year (August – July). What is the reason for this change? Will graduate students be given health insurance next July?

Best,

Might be sick in July


Response

Dear “Might be sick in July,”

The good news is that all continuing students will still have insurance coverage next July! The Student Health Plan (SHP) is normally a 12-month plan that runs from August 1st to July 31st.  However, beginning in the summer of 2022 the plan will shift to run from July 1st to June 30th. In order to move this new schedule the current plan will be shortened to 11 months for a single year and then revert back to the normal 12 months, beginning on July 1. There will be no gaps in coverage.

Students who are enrolled in SHP for the 2021-22 academic year will seamlessly retain their coverage for 2022-23 unless they graduate, withdraw, or request a leave of absence. You can find more information on the SHP Frequently Asked Questions page.

Sincerely,

Jason

Jason Kahabka
Associate Dean for Administration