All graduate and professional students, and full-time 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 2021 - 2022
2021-22 Fall Enrollment
Fall term, for all eligible students
Enrollment period: August 1 - September 30, 2021
Coverage begins: September 1, 2021
Coverage period: September 1, 2021 - August 31, 2022
2021-22 Spring Enrollment
For new students only
Enrollment period: December 1, 2021 - January 31, 2022
Coverage begins: January 1, 2022
Coverage period: January 1, 2022 - August 31, 2022
Billing Period: October 2021 - September 2022, on the 3rd of each month
*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 two options in the eBenefits portal in which you can select when enrolling in coverage:
- Attesting to want to enroll in Pitt insurance
- Attesting to having other insurance
Holds will only be placed on accounts for international students that do not take any action.
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.
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 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.
Note: Students may periodically be communicated to via their University email with details regarding their student health coverage. Students are advised to check their University email account for relevant student health coverage or other vital University messaging.