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Student Health Fee

The Student Health Fee works together with your primary health insurance, entitling you to be seen at UHS and absorbing many costs not covered by primary health insurance. Patients are responsible for insurance plan deductibles.

The Student Health Fee is not insurance.

Massachusetts law requires students to have primary health insurance. In addition to paying the Student Health Fee, students must either subscribe to the Student Health Benefit Plan or demonstrate coverage under another qualifying health insurance plan.

Benefits, enrollment and billing

Student Health Fee charges are per semester; benefits are on an annual basis. Fall coverage is in place from Aug. 1 – Jan. 18; spring coverage is effective Jan. 19 – July 31.

If you’re a full-time student taking five or more credits, the Student Health Fee is automatically added to your semester tuition bill.

Those who are:

A) matriculated in a day (not Continuing Education) academic program taking fewer than five credits per semester;

B) graduate students matriculated in a day (not Continuing Education) academic program who have paid the Continuous Enrollment Fee for the semester;

C) matriculated into an undergraduate program through Continuing Education or University Without Walls, are legal residents of Massachusetts and are taking six or more credits per semester;


D) online students who meet the enrollment guidelines detailed in item C, above,

are eligible for UHS services, but must come to UHS Patient Services before the end of the Add/Drop period to register. Charges will be forwarded to the Bursar's Office for inclusion on the tuition bill.


The Student Health Fee is $344 per semester for individuals taking five or more credits. Graduate students with health plan eligibility are responsible for 5% of the Student Health Fee. Charges vary for other students; call UHS Patient Services, (413) 577-5192, for information.