Enrolling in Student Health Coverage

Enrolling in student medical, dental, and vision coverage is simple. Enrollment in coverage is handled through an online service provided by eBenefits, a division of UPMC Health Plan.

For information about your eligibility for enrolling in specific student health plans, visit Student Health Coverage Eligibility. For information on making changes to your benefits elections, visit Changing Your Student Health Insurance.

Questions about student health coverage? For general plan inquiries, contact the University's Benefits Department by calling 833-852-2210 or submit an inquiry online. For enrollment questions, contact UPMC Health Plan by calling 1-888-499-6885.

How to Enroll

  1. Go to my.pitt.edu
  2. Select "Students" from the "Roles" drop-down (located underneath the search bar) if not already selected
  3. Search for "Student Health Insurance"
  4. Find the option for "Student Health Insurance" (eBenefits) and launch the portal, logging in via Pitt Passport if not logged in
    • The portal can also be launched by direct link (select the "Start" button and login via Pitt Passport if not logged in)
  5. Continue through the online enrollment and payment process
    • Payment can be made on a monthly, recurring basis via a credit or debit card or through a checking or savings account

Attesting to Coverage through the eBenefits Portal

There are two 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 insurance

Holds will only be placed on accounts for international students that do not take any action.

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.

International Students

International students are required to attest to having other 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, an academic hold will be placed on your account.

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

Documentation Requirements for Dependents

Supporting documentation must be submitted to eBenefits to cover dependents on your health insurance coverage. Acceptable documentation includes:

Relationship Type

Required Documentation


Marriage Certificate

 Domestic Partner

University approved Affidavit of Domestic Partnership; learn more about the certification of domestic partnership for students.

 Natural Child

Birth Certificate (A verification of birth can used as a placeholder, however a birth certificate must be submitted within 61 days of the child's birth.)

Adopted Child

Adoption decree stamped by the circuit clerk (An adoption placement agreement can be used as a placeholder, however the adoption decree must be submitted within 61 days of the adoption date.)

Step Child

 Birth Certificate indicating your spouse is the child's parent and marriage certificate indicating you are married to the child's parent

Child of Approved Domestic Partner

Birth Certificate indicating your domestic partner is the child's parent and the University approved Affidavit of Domestic Partnership indicating you are in a domestic partnership with the child’s parent.

Disabled Over Age Child

Eligibility will be continued past the age of 26 for dependent children who, as medically certified by a physician, are incapable of self-support due to mental or physical disability, mental illness or a developmental disability that started before age 19. Initial certification with the insurance carriers as well as an annual recertification is required. Please contact carriers with questions.

Legal Guardianship

Court documentation signed by a judge and stamped by the circuit clerk

Adjudicated Child

Judicial Support Order from a judge or a copy of Qualified Medical Support Order with the page that indicates the member must provide health insurance through the employer.

Death of a Dependent

A death certificate is required to remove a dependent from coverage in the case of death.


A Divorce Decree is required to remove a former spouse from coverage in the case of a divorce.

Spouse/Domestic Partner Employment Change

Used to add or remove a spouse/domestic partner due to an employment change. Acceptable documentation includes:

  • A confirmation statement of benefits that outlines coverage, enrollees, and effective start date.
  • A letter from the employer's HR department or insurance company that outlines coverage, covered person(s), and effective start date of coverage.
  • Letter or statement that you/your dependents are newly eligible for state-sponsored coverage.