Medical Coverage for Students

All graduate, professional, and undergraduate students, and their dependents, are eligible for student health coverage through the University of Pittsburgh.

Medical, Dental, and Vision Plans

Select your student type to learn more:

Enrollment and Coverage Dates for Academic Year 2020 - 2021

Due to COVID-19, there are two coverage periods in which new or current students who were not previously enrolled in University coverage may enroll.

When enrolling, new or current students may select to enroll in one or both coverage periods ("August 16-31 Special Enrollment Opportunity" and "2020-21 Fall Enrollment"). Students that are already enrolled in University coverage can only enroll for 2020-21 Fall Enrollment.

If you are a student that did not previously have University coverage but want to have coverage for both the first two weeks of the fall term and after September 1, be sure to enroll in both the August 16-31 Special Enrollment Opportunity and 2020-21 Fall Enrollment. You must enroll for both coverage periods. Enrolling in only the August 16-31 Special Enrollment Opportunity does not provide coverage after August 31, 2020.

August 16-31 Special Enrollment Opportunity
For new or current students not actively enrolled in University coverage

Enrollment period: August 1 - August 31, 2020
Coverage period: August 16 - August 31, 2020

2020-21 Fall Enrollment
Fall term, for all eligible students

Enrollment period: August 1 - September 30, 2020
Coverage period: September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021

2020-21 Spring Enrollment
For new students only

Enrollment period: December 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021
Coverage period: January 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021

*Note: Graduate students with academic appointments may have different coverage ending dates depending on their appointment ending date or graduation date. Please refer to the "Important Dates for Graduate Students with Academic Appointments" table on this page.

Important Dates for Graduate Students with Academic Appointments

Appointed Grad Student Scenario Coverage Information and Effective Dates
Graduating fall term Coverage ends December 31; offered COBRA for January 1
Graduating spring term (two-term appointment) $0 premium until August 31; offered COBRA for September 1
Appointment ends fall term, not graduating Student must enroll for continued coverage effect January 1; student is responsible for premium payments effective January 1 through August 31
Appointment begins fall term, ends spring term, not graduating (two-term appointment) $0 premium until coverage ends August 31
Appointment ends before end of spring term, by March 31 or prior Coverage ends month that appointment ends; offered COBRA first month after appointment ends

Attesting to Coverage through the eBenefits Portal

There are three options in the eBenefits portal in which you can select when enrolling in coverage:

  1. Attesting to want to enroll in Pitt insurance
  2. Attesting to having other U.S.-based insurance
  3. Attesting to participate in Flex@Pitt and will remain at home in the U.S. or in home country (if outside of the U.S.), and therefore cannot purchase Pitt insurance or have other U.S. based coverage
    • On this option there is a disclaimer that says that whenever the student returns to campus (whether that is later in the fall term or in the spring term), they MUST attest to having other coverage or must process a life event to enroll in Pitt's coverage

Holds will only be placed on accounts for international students that do not take any action. Those that pick Flex@Pitt will not receive a hold on their account.

Student plans offer a variety of coverage, including:

  • Coverage for all types of illnesses and injuries, including sports and exercise injuries, whether or not incurred “in-area” or “out-of-area” while traveling or during extended off-campus periods.
  • Preventative care, along with resources for full scale online health promotion.

Carefully review your current coverage to determine if it is suitable on campus. If you are a dependent student who is under a parent’s coverage, please review that policy for geographic and/or age limitations. Some policies restrict out-of-area coverage to just emergencies.

The programs are competitively priced and all medical programs are compliant with the provisions of the federal government’s health care reform legislation.

All medical plans feature:

  • Preventive services with no out-of-pocket costs
  • A broad range of services that have a flat co-payment at the point of service
  • Prescription drug coverage

Enrolling in Student Health Coverage

Find instructions on how to enroll in health coverage as a student. If you do not wish to enroll in coverage through the University, you may elect any coverage that you may be able to obtain on your own.

Academic Appointments

Graduate students who hold an academic appointment (GSA, GSR, TA, or TF) should select the $0.00 payment option for medical coverage.

If this payment option is not available, you should contact your academic department before proceeding with enrolling.

Note: Graduate students with academic appointments may have different coverage ending dates depending on their appointment ending date or graduation date. Please refer to the "Important Dates for Graduate Students with Academic Appointments" table on this page.

International Students

International students are required to attest to having other United States-based medical insurance coverage or enroll in a University-sponsored program.

To attest to other coverage, an Acknowledgement or Insurance Coverage must be submitted. You will need the insurance company's name, address, and telephone number; the policy or group number; the effective date of coverage; and confirmation that the insurance meets the minimum coverage requirement.

International students must submit their attestation no later than September 30. If attestations are not submitted by September 30, a hold will be placed on your account.

For additional information, please refer to this International Student Guide for Student Health Coverage Enrollment.