Graduate Student Health Insurance (GSHI)
Please note that dental coverage and vision coverage are voluntary and not provided under this health insurance plan. The University of Kansas does not contribute towards dental and vision premiums for graduate students. For information about these options, please visit Individual Dental and Vision Insurance.
Eligibility for the University’s contribution towards the health insurance premium is determined at the beginning of each semester (coverage period). The following requirements must be met for you to be eligible for health insurance coverage under KU’s plan:
- Fall and spring semesters: You must hold at least a 50% Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) and/or a Graduate Assistant (GA) appointment for a minimum of eight consecutive work weeks
- Summer sessions: You must hold at least a 50% GTA, GRA, or GA appointment for a minimum of four consecutive work weeks
- Combined appointments: If you hold a combination of GTA, GRA, and GA appointments, you are eligible for coverage if the combined appointments total at least 50% for the required number of weeks
International Graduate Student Eligibility
- Students with F-1, F-2, or J-1 immigration status: If you are an international student with F-1, F-2, or J-1 immigration status, please read and follow the important information provided by KU's Office of International Student Services
- Students with other immigration status: If you are an international student with other than F-1, F-2, or J-1 immigration status you should follow the same eligibility requirements and enrollment methods outlined on this page
If you do not meet the above eligibility requirements, or if you are a student holding a scholarship and/or fellowship, you may be eligible for the regular student health insurance plan. For more information regarding the regular student health insurance plan, please visit UnitedHealthcare Student Resources.
The table below provides a breakdown of graduate student contributions and University premiums for the various coverage options offered under the Graduate Student Health Insurance plan:
|Student and Spouse||$725||$435||$725||$435||$290||$174|
|Student and One Child||$725||$435||$725||$435||$290||$174|
|Student and 2 or More Children||$1,305||$435||$1,305||$435||$522||$174|
|Student, Spouse and One Child||$1,305||$435||$1,305||$435||$522||$174|
|Student, Spouse and 2 or More Children||$1,885||$435||$1,885||$435||$754||$174|
All eligible graduate students can enroll for health insurance coverage at any time during the semester by reading the important information and following the steps provided on UnitedHealthcare's Online Enrollment » page.
Please note, it is your responsibility to apply for and renew your health insurance each semester if you are eligible for coverage.
Effective Dates of Coverage
Coverage periods for each semester are illustrated in the table below:
|Semester||Coverage Period||Effective Date|
|Fall||Aug. 1 - Dec. 31||Aug. 1|
|Spring||Jan. 1 - May 31||Jan. 1|
|Summer||June 1 - July 31||June 1|
Health Plan Brochures
For detailed information about insurance options and rates, please download and review the Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan Brochure.
GTA/GRA/GAs who have had health insurance through the Graduate Student Health Insurance
(GSHI) plan through the most recent coverage period, may pay for continuing coverage for a maximum of up to 3 months due to loss of appointment. The GTA/GRA/GA has a right to choose to continue benefits as long as the Kansas Board of Regents maintains a plan with United Healthcare Student Resources (UHCSR). The insured GTA/GRA/GA must exercise this right within 60 days of termination of appointment.
The application form and premium should be mailed to UHCSR at the address given
in the Payment Instructions box of the application form. Please keep in mind:
- Premium is subject to change each August 1st.
- UHCSR will NOT send premium reminder notices.
- Once the first month of Continuation Insurance has been purchased, it is the student’s responsibility to send subsequent premium payment to UHCSR so that UHCSR receives the payment on or before the first of the month for which insurance is being purchased.
- Premium can be paid in advance. However, UHCSR will NOT refund unused premium should the student terminate insurance early.
Continuation Benefits Application Form - August 1, 2016 through July 31, 2017