Health Insurance and Records

SU Health Center strives to provide all students with the most comprehensive and effective health care as possible. It is important that all new students submit a health history and immunizations form b July 1 to meet federal and university guidelines. Students may fill out the health history and immunization forms via a new SU Health Center web portal.

Health Insurance

In accordance with the US federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), Syracuse University provides a (platinum-level coverage) student health insurance plan (SHIP) for all full time undergraduate and graduate students.  It is Syracuse University Policy that all full time students carry some form of ACA-compliant health insurance.  Information on the program plan, costs, providers, and registration can be found at the link below. 

The SHIP provides coverage for 12 months (August - July), at an annual average cost of $2,200 for each student, and a modest annual deductible of $100. Full payment for the plan is due at time of registration. Spousal and dependent coverage is also available. Students matriculating in Summer Session II for the MPA program may purchase the final month of the prior year's plan (July) at a pro-rated one month cost, but please know that the annual deductible still applies for this one month of coverage. 

All students will automatically be enrolled in the SU Student plan, unless they provide proof of other insurance through the waiver option.  Those students holding partial or full time GA positions will receive a subsidy to help offset the cost of the plan. 

Students can receive a waiver to this requirement with proof of outside insurance. Please see links below for detailed information and contacts for questions. 

Student Health Insurance Requirement/ Waiver Request Process

It is mandatory that all students carry health insurance to cover expenses not covered by the health fee and medical expenses incurred outside the health center, such as emergency room care, hospitalization, eye care and dental services. University policy requires that all students have health insurance while on campus. Information on health insurance programs/costs will be sent directly by the Health Services Center to all matriculating students later this Spring. For more information on programs and costs (next year costs will not be available until late spring), please contact Linda Deon.

Graduate Assistants are eligible to participate in the University’s Group Health Care Plan. Coverage details and premium rates may be obtained at the Office of Human Resources; Employee Benefits; Skytop Office Building; Syracuse University; Syracuse, NY 13244; (315) 443-1873.

Immunization and Health Records

A Health Record will be sent to you with your entrance packet in early May. This form must be completed and returned before June 15th. Students born after January 1, 1957 must submit documentation of the following immunizations administered after 12 months of age:

2 doses of measles vaccine; 

1 dose of mumps vaccine; and 

1 dose of rubella vaccine.

Other medical records must also be provided. Students not providing this information by the middle of their first month on campus face suspension from the University.

There is a mandatory Health Services Fee for all full-time, matriculated graduate students. This will be billed in the fall and spring semesters only. Payment of the fee entitles students to health services in the clinics of Syracuse University Health Center. The cost of support services such as x-rays, selected procedures, medications, and hospital supplies are in addition to the health fee, although often at a reduced cost to students. Part-time students may opt to pay the health fee for the same coverage, or pay per office visit. Graduate students who hold assistantships, fellowships or tuition scholarships of at least 12 credits per semester receive a health fee remission.