Enroll in or Waive Health Insurance

Columbia Health is an integrated department that provides extensive health care and services for you while you are at the University. The coverage provided by Columbia Health and a comparable insurance plan work together to meet your health care needs. To meet the insurance requirement, domestic students MUST confirm their enrollment in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Gold Plan or provide proof of comparable coverage that meets the University criteria.

International Students - Navigating the US Health Care System can be complex.  To help ensure that international students have access to the highest quality of care on- and off-campus Columbia University requires all international students to enroll in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan.

Our team wants to confirm you have good coverage so that health needs and concerns, including unanticipated health care costs, are not a barrier to the achievement of your personal and academic goals.  Here are a few key reasons to enroll in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan:

  • No co-pays for on-campus medical and mental health services
  • Plan optimized to the needs of students
  • Global coverage for routine, urgent, and emergency care
  • Dental service discounts
  • Premiums billed to your student account (no upfront payments)
  • Onsite insurance team to provide support (John Jay Hall, 3rd Floor)

Please visit our website for detailed information about the plans.

All new and continuing students are required by the University to have quality health insurance. Be sure you take action on one of the three options below before September 30 to ensure coverage and avoid unintended fees.
Option 1 - Confirm enrollment in the Gold plan
Option 2 - Upgrade to the Platinum plan
Option 3 - Request a waiver from the plan (Domestic Students Only)

This provides a summary of Columbia Health and the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan. More complete information is available at health.columbia.edu.


New Students

All full-time students domestic and international (including returning students) must: 

All part-time students domestic (including returning students) must:

All new students must also: 

Understanding Columbia Health Insurance


Deadlines Info

30 Days Before Registration

Submit proof of MMR immunity at least 30 days before class registration.*

Certify your meningitis vaccination decision online before class registration.

*If admitted less than 30 days before registration, your ability to register will be on hold until your MMR documentation is received and processed.

2 Weeks Before Your School Orientation

Submit a photo online for your University ID card. You will be able to pick up your card when you arrive on campus.

August 14, 2017 (All day)

First Fall E-Bill statement emailed to students. Includes activity through Summer Term, estimated Fall Term charges and anticipated credits, and a 1.5% late payment charge on unpaid previous balances. 

September 15, 2017 (All day)

Payment Due Date for the First Fall E-Bill Statement. Visit the Student Financial Services website for the complete Billing Schedule.

September 30, 2017 - 11:59pm

Confirm insurance selection.