Obtain your immunization records

Download the Required Immunizations Form and have your healthcare provider complete and sign it. Alternatively, obtain official immunization records from your doctor's office, school or military sources. For students who will attend on-campus Ready for the U session, records are due by June 11, 2024. For all other students, the deadline to submit complete immunization records is September 16, 2024.

Submit your immunization records

Log in to the UMass Patient Portal with your UMass NetID. Then go to Action Items > Immunization Records (syringe icon) to submit your records.

Complete TB Screening

The Required Immunization Form includes a Tuberculosis Questionnaire. If you submit other official records rather than using the Required Immunization Form, please follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the Patient Portal
  2. Go to Action Items > Forms (pencil icon)
  3. Click "Questionnaire for TB Risk"
  4. Complete and submit the questionnaire

Decide if you will keep or waive the Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP)

The SHBP is the UMass-sponsored health insurance. All students taking 5+ credits are automatically enrolled in and billed for the SHBP. If you want to use private insurance or MassHealth instead, you must submit the SHBP waiver.

Waivers are due every fall semester by the graduate add/drop deadline. Waivers submitted in the fall apply to both semesters. (Spring semester entrants can waive the SHBP by submitting the waiver by the spring graduate add/drop deadline).

Opt in to receive texts from UHS

Text messages will include appointment reminders and important links. Opt out at any time.

  1. Log in to the UMass Patient Portal with your UMass NetID
  2. Click the blue button with your NAME at the top of the main menu.
  3. Click "Edit Your Profile"
  4. Scroll down until you see "I would like to receive SMS text message reminders" and check the box.

Bring your health insurance card(s)

If you keep the SHBP, be sure to print a new copy of your insurance card from the Wellfleet website each academic year. If you will use other insurance, obtain copies of your plan ID, prescription drug and health savings account cards. A photo of the front and back of each card also works.

Enter health insurance information & complete required forms on the Patient Portal

  1. Log in to the UMass Patient Portal with your UMass NetID.
  2. Go to Action Items > Forms (pencil icon) to complete required forms.
  3. Go to Action Items > Insurance (umbrella icon) to enter your health insurance information and upload a photo of the front and back of your insurance card.

EXTRA CREDIT: Watch our video on Health Insurance Basics for UMass students!

Watch this 16-minute video that will help you understand concepts like...

  • HMO vs. PPO plans
  • Copays, coinsurance & deductibles
  • How the Student Health Benefit Plan compares to private insurance
  • Under what circumstances you may receive a bill from UHS