Massachusetts law requires all students who are enrolled in at least 75 percent of the full-time curriculum ( 9 credits) to carry health insurance. The Boston University Student Medical Insurance Plan is administered by Aetna Student Health.
Starting June 1, 2020
The University is instituting an audit process for students who decline the student health insurance plan (SHIP) to assure that the student’s private insurance is comparable to what is offered by BU and Aetna. This is to ensure all our students have adequate health insurance.
If your current health insurance plan meets the comparable coverage requirements, you will need to waive the SHIP requirement by the end of the open enrollment period, and subsequently a credit in the amount of the SHIP premium will be applied to your student account. International students may only waive coverage if they are enrolled under a US-based plan that meets the comparable coverage requirements. Please spend time reading about BU’s health insurance requirement to be sure that you make the best and most cost-effective decision.
Please note: GMS PhD students are automatically enrolled in the BU PLUS health insurance plan.
September 11, 2020 update:
Due to the LfA platform this year, students who will not be living on campus, learning on campus, or coming to campus for any other reason are not required by the state to meet immunization requirements per Mass.Gov:
The immunization requirements apply to all students who attend any classes or activities on campus, even once. If all instruction and activities are remote and the student will never be on campus in person, the requirements would not apply. Should a student physically return to campus, they would need comply with this requirement.
If this applies to you, please complete the LfA waiver accessible on the SHS portal Patient Connect.
Physical Examination and Immunization Requirements
Graduate Medical Sciences cares about the health and wellness of our entire student community. To ensure our students’ well-being, Boston University requires that every incoming student has health insurance and that they submit proof of examination by a licensed medical practitioner. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts also requires proof of immunization against certain common communicable diseases. See Boston University’s Health Requirements Guide for health forms and submission instructions.