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Washington State University Graduate School

Graduate Assistant Medical Insurance

Graduate assistants who maintain at least a half-time (20 hrs./wk.) assistantship appointment will be eligible for medical and dental insurance benefits. Visit the graduate student health insurance web page, or contact WSU Billing and Insurance Office at 509-335-3575 (Option 3) for additional information. Graduate assistants appointed and eligible for health insurance during spring semester (January 1 – May 15) are automatically provided health insurance during the summer semester (May 16 – August 15).

2015-16 Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduate student assistants who are enrolled for ten or more credit hours and have an assistantship stipend of at least 50% for an academic semester ore more; full-time graduate research fellows/trainees who are paid a stipend of at least $800 per month and who are engaged in research similar to that of a research assistant
  • Graduate students defending in the final semester of a degree program enrolled in 2-6 credits who were enrolled on the graduate insurance plan the previous semester. Email your request to enroll to student.insurance@wsu.edu by the 13th day of classes.
  • Graduate students enrolled at the University on internships as part of their course of study who were covered the previous semester (must be enrolled in at least 2 credits). Email your request to enroll to student.insurance@wsu.edu by the 13th day of classes.
  • Graduate students on summer assistantships who require coverage through the end of the summer until the regular enrollment period should contact the billing and insurance office to determine insurance plan eligibility and costs: 509-335-3573 Option 3.

CONTINUATION OF COVERAGE: (Applicable to Class 1 – Graduate Students only and Class 2)

The right to continue coverage under this Policy is available to the Covered Graduate Student who is no longer eligible. The Covered Graduate Student has the option to continue coverage for up to 6 months (one semester; January through August coverage qualifies as one semester) beginning on the date coverage would otherwise terminate. In order to qualify under this provision, the Covered Graduate Student must have been enrolled under this Policy or under the prior policy issued to this Policyholder for the previous semester prior to enrollment under this provision. Written request for continued coverage for the Covered Graduate Student and his or her previously insured Dependents must be made within 30 days of termination of coverage. Continuation of coverage will be subject to all the terms of this Policy.

If a Covered Graduate Student wishes to extend coverage under this Policy, he or she may do so by exercising a “Semester Stop Out”. A “Semester Stop Out” is an option available only once to a Covered Graduate Student, and his or her previously insured Dependents, who decides to not attend school for a semester and who is on official graduate leave, internship leave or continuous doctoral status. The appropriate form must be completed and submitted to this Policyholder and the required premium must be paid by the 13th day of classes of the semester being requested in order for coverage to extend beyond the date the Covered Graduate Student exercises this option. In order to qualify under this provision, the Covered Graduate Student must have been enrolled under this Policy or under the prior policy issued to this Policyholder for the previous semester prior to enrollment under this provision. Continuation of coverage will be subject to all the terms of this Policy.

Enrolling dependents

Spouses, domestic partners and children may be enrolled at the graduate student’s request. To find out how to enroll your dependents,  or add a spouse or domestic partner, visit the Cougar Health Services website.

The enrollment/cancellation deadline is the 13th day of classes for the fall and spring semesters and the 5th day of classes for the summer sessions. To cancel enrollment, complete the Dependent Cancellation form.