Health Insurance


All returning students must enroll or waive the Columbia Student Health Plan each spring, or they will not be able to pre-register for fall classes. Incoming first-year students must enroll or waive the Columbia Student Health Plan once admitted. If waiving coverage, you will need to provide proof of comparable coverage. Visit the orientation page for a complete list of action items and deadlines for incoming students and returning students.  

Here is a summary of key information for the upcoming academic year:

All plans are robust medical and mental health coverage with pharmacy & Lab benefits. Care begins on campus with Medical Services, and there are no co-pays for medical or mental health visits on campus. The Columbia Plans are fully ACA compliant.

For more detailed information about the Columbia University Student Health Plans, please see this helpful site from Aetna

PLEASE NOTE: Full-time students, interns, and all students living in seminary housing are required to pay the Columbia Health Program Fee [2018-19 cost per semester: $561; cost per semester for spouse/partner: $281] regardless of whether or not they enroll in a Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan. This fee is applicable even if a student can demonstrate comparable proof of insurance.

There will be an incremental increase in premium rates to Columbia University Student Health Plans and Columbia Health Program Fees for the 2019-20 school year. 2019-20 rates should be confirmed in June 2019. 

Part-time students, which also includes non-degree students taking less than 7 credits, must show proof of insurance although they are not required to pay the health program fee unless their status changes to full-time. Part-time students may elect to pay the Columbia Health Program Fee to benefit from the health program and may enroll in the Gold or Platinum Columbia Plan options.