Ohio University

Enrollment for Student Health Insurance

Automatic Enrollment

Domestic students registered (prior to the second week of classes) for five (5) or more Athens credit hours, and registered International students, will be automatically charged for the Student Health Insurance Policy. *Automatic enrollment applies to Athens online credit hours and Dublin and Cleveland HCOM programs. Excludes eCampus credit hours.

Some online programs of study may not be automatically charged for the student health insurance. Students who need the student health insurance must review their student account to verify if they have been automatically charged for the insurance or not. Automatic enrollment does not apply to voluntary enrollment processed for previous coverage periods.

*Students enrolled in an alternate health insurance policy may complete the online waiver application through their MyOHIO Student Center prior to the posted deadline to remove the charge for the Student Health Insurance. See Waiver Information.

Voluntary Enrollment

Enrollment forms can only be accepted during Open Enrollment periods.

*Voluntary enrollment requires an enrollment form to be completed both Fall & Spring semesters during the Open Enrollment period for year-round coverage.

Voluntary Enrollment applies to:

  • Domestic students registered for less than (5) Athens credit hours
  • Regional campus students
  • eCampus students
  • All Dependents
  • Students participating in OPT prior to graduation (not available after graduation)
  • Students enrolling in the student insurance after receiving an approved waiver during the same academic year
  • Students enrolled in programs of study that are not automatically assessed the fee for the student health insurance

Enrollment forms are required each semester (Fall & Spring) during the designated Open Enrollment period. (Fall & Spring Continuing = year-round coverage)

The premium amount for the coverage period is applied to the student's University account for the current semester. There is no option to enroll online at this time. (See Premium Rates and Coverage Periods for Open Enrollment dates.)

International Visiting Scholars: Scholars are eligible to enroll in the Student Health Insurance on a voluntary basis. The premium amount for the insurance must be paid directly to the insurance company (United HealthCare Student Resources) at the time of enrollment. Visiting Scholars must contact Student Insurance at studentinsurance@ohio.edu to complete their enrollment.

Qualifying Life Event (QLE)

Students who experience a Qualifying Life Event (QLE) are eligible to enroll in the Student Health Insurance on a prorated basis after the open enrollment deadline, if they meet the eligibility requirements. QLE enrollments will be prorated on a weekly and monthly basis from the date of the QLE until the start of the next predetermined coverage period. 

Examples of Qualifying Life Events include: Divorce, marriage, birth or child, adoption of child, and loss of health insurance coverage.

Please contact the Student Health Insurance Administrator via email at studentinsurance@ohio.edu for enrollment forms and additional information regarding QLE enrollment. A special enrollment form is required for QLE enrollment. The enrollment form on this website is not applicable for QLE enrollment.

Athens Campus Students

Domestic Students: Students registered prior to the second week of classes for five (5) or more Athens credit hours will be automatically charged for the Student Health Insurance Policy. Students who wish to remain enrolled in the Student Health Insurance policy must verify the charge for the Student Health Insurance has been applied to their student account after the charges for their classes have been posted.

Students who change their class schedule may require voluntary enrollment in the Student Health Insurance.  

International Students: Students registered for (1) or more credit hours will be automatically charged for the Student Health Insurance Policy upon registration.

International Visiting Scholars: Enrollment requires an enrollment form to be completed. The premium amount for the insurance must be paid at the time of enrollment directly to the insurance company. Visiting Scholars must contact Student Insurance at studentinsurance@ohio.edu to complete their enrollment.

Regional Campus Students

Students taking at least (5) credit hours through any OU campus are eligible to enroll in the Student Health Insurance on a voluntary basis during Open Enrollment periods each semester. Voluntary Enrollment will not automatically continue each semester. Students may purchase only the current coverage period during the posted Open Enrollment period. The premium amount is applied to the student's University account. There is no option to enroll online. See enrollment forms below.

* Dublin and Cleveland HCOM students are automatically charged for the Student Health Insurance upon registration.

**Students enrolled programs (excluding HCOM) at the Dublin and Cleveland campus locations must voluntarily enroll in the Student Health Insurance each semester.

Dependents

Dependent Enrollment is voluntary and will not automatically continue each semester. It is student responsibility to submit a completed enrollment form for their dependents during Open Enrollment periods each semester. (Fall & Spring = year-round coverage)

Athens and Regional campus students are eligible to enroll their dependents in the Student Health Insurance policy on a voluntary basis. Dependents are eligible for coverage during periods in which the student is also enrolled in the Student Health Insurance. Students may purchase only the current coverage period for their dependents during Open Enrollment. The premium amount for dependent coverage is applied to the student's University account.