Health Insurance

Domestic students (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents) who have an assistantship or are a fully funded GW doctoral fellow who have enrolled in the GW Student Health Plan will receive the mandatory rate for the plan.  To enroll, please select "GAs, GRAs and Fully Funded Fellows" under "Voluntary SHIP."

Information about voluntary dental and vision is also on the Student Health Plan website. Please email [email protected] with questions about the health plan.

International students (F1) will be automatically enrolled in the GW Student Health Plan and will receive the mandatory rate for the plan.

International students who want to waive the GW Student Health Plan must submit an opt-out waiver. Guidelines on the opt-out waiver are on the GW Student Health Insurance website. Note that signing up for the discounted rate means students will be charged per semester (Fall and Spring) even if they sign up for the annual plan.

Fully Funded GW Doctoral Fellows, Graduate Assistants (GAs) and Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) who have enrolled in the GW Student Health Plan and are fully funded (GWSPH and SMHS excluded), will be eligible for a payment towards the cost of the plan. The total amount of the payment is $1,900 for the academic year (Fall and Spring).The Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships will apply the special payment per semester enrolled (Fall and Spring) to the student's account ($950 for Fall and $950 for Spring). Please contact the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships if you have questions about the special payment ([email protected]).

Note: If you are not registered for a credit allotment, it may affect your health insurance subsidy payment. If you have a zero credit registration (i.e. continuous enrollment, continuous research) it is the student’s responsibility to notify the Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships Office that they are registered but for zero credits so the award may be correctly posted in Banner, preferably prior to the semester's start. Failure to do so may result in late fees when the award doesn’t post correctly.

Definition of Fully Funded:

  • Master's students: GAs (and GRAs) receiving a minimum of $16,000 in a combination of assistantship service payment plus stipend, for the entire academic year.
  • Doctoral students: GAs (and GRAs) receiving a minimum of $20,000 in a combination of assistantship service payment plus stipend, all over an academic year. (GRAs receive salary only.)
  • Fully Funded Fellows: Doctoral students receiving a $20,000 fellowship stipend.

The monthly payment plan enables students or their authorized users to pay current Fall and Spring semester tuition and fees in four equal payments per semester and current Summer semester tuition in three equal payments. 

Graduate Assistants are eligible to enroll in the GW Student Health Insurance plan if they take a Leave of Absence (LOA). Note that a graduate assistant on LOA will not be eligible for the discounted rate and must sign up voluntarily for GW Student Health Insurance. Please contact Student Health ([email protected]) if there are questions about taking a LOA while on GW Student Health Insurance.