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Insurance and Immunization Records

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New Students

Welcome New Students!

Congratulations on your acceptance to Teachers College! Insurance and Immunization Records is responsible for ensuring that all Teachers College students achieve compliance with New York State immunization requirements. We are here to guide you through the process of completing these requirements. Please review our Guide to Completing Your Immunization Requirements for a detailed overview of the immunization requirements.

Which immunization records are required?

Teachers College uses its own immunization form, which you can use as a reference for what is needed. You can find that here: Immunization Form

New York State law requires that you provide us with proof of some vaccines. These are:

1.     2 measles
2.     1 mumps
3.     1 rubella
*Sometimes you’ll see it listed as 2 “MMR” on your records*

We also require a “meningitis response”. You can do this either on the above form, or on the TC Portal.

Directions for Completing this Online
1.     Sign into your TC Portal
2.     Go to “TC Services” tab
3.     Go to the middle box labeled “Enrollment & Student Services”, click on “meningitis vaccination response form”
4.     Submit your response

Ways to Document your Immunity

What important dates do I need to know?

September 3, 2014: Immunization records due.
September 16, 2014: Insurance enrollment and petition to waive insurance are due.
September 19, 2014: Dependent and optional Dental enrollment are due.

How does the insurance work?

If you are at 12 billable credits or more, and or living in the residence halls, the Aetna student medical insurance “Gold Plan” will automatically be placed on your tuition bill, along with the “Columbia Health Fee”. Once the insurance has been added for the semester, you are contracted for the entire academic year.

I have my own insurance and DO NOT want the insurance offered through Teachers College:

If you are taking 12 billable credits, and or living in the residence halls, and have your own insurance you will be able to petition to waive out of the insurance offered here. You may only petition to waive out of the insurance once you have registered for fall 2014 classes. In order to be considered for the waive, your alternative insurance must meet our criteria found on this page: Waiver Information. If you meet the criteria, you will be able to petition to waive out of the insurance on the myTC Portal once the link has been opened. We will notify you by email once you are allowed to do so.

You will NOT be able to waive out of the “Columbia Health Fee.” For more information about this fee, click here.

If you meet the criteria, you will be able to petition to waive out of the insurance on the TC Portal once the link has been opened. We will notify you by email once you are allowed to do so. You may only petition to waive out of the insurance once you have registered for fall 2014 classes.

I do not have my own insurance; I am under 12 billable credits, and am not living in residence halls. I would like to be covered under TC insurance.

If you are not taking 12 billable credits, and or living in the residence halls, but are interested in being on the Aetna student medical insurance, you will be able to enroll on your TC Portal once you are registered for classes for the fall. An email will be sent out to notify you that the link is active for enrollment on the TC Portal.

What is the Columbia Health Fee?

The Columbia Health Fee is in place so that students have easy access to a physician, nutritionist, and a psychological counselor, for a per semester fee (Fall and Spring).

Full-time students and occupants of Teachers College resident halls: The Columbia Health Fee is required and cannot be waived as part of full-time enrollment (12 billable credits) or living in the residence halls at Teachers College.

Part-time students:
If you would like to opt into the Columbia Health Fee to have access to these great benefits that is an option for you.

Columbia Health, where the physicians and nutritionists are located in the John Jay building on Columbia’s campus. They have appointment times as well as walk in hours. Their number is 212-854-7426.

Psychological counseling is in Alfred Lerner Hall on Columbia’s campus. Their number is 212-854-2878.

How do I pay for the insurance and/or the Columbia Health Fee?

Your insurance and Columbia Health Fee premiums will be billed right to your tuition bill. You may pay for it the same way you pay for classes.

Where can I find out specific information about what the plans cover?

New rates and benefits have not yet been released. However, you can reference last year’s brochures to get an idea of the rates: Insurance Brochures

What do I need to do to complete my immunization records?

There are three ways you can complete your immunization records:

 

  1. Teachers College Immunization Form
    Teachers College provides its own immunization form, which you can use as a reference for what is needed and submit via fax (212) 678-3681 or email. The form must be signed and stamped by your health care provider: Immunization Form
  2. Send Your Undergraduate/ Previous Graduate Institution’s Form
    Insurance and Immunization Records will accept the immunizations form from your undergraduate or previous graduate institution, so long as the records are on your undergraduate health services letter head.
  3. Send a Hospital or Medical Facility Lab Report
    Insurance and Immunization Records will accept a faxed or scanned copy of your original lab report immunizations on the facility’s letter head.

Where is Columbia Health Located?

Columbia Health physicians and nutritionists are located in the John Jay building on Columbia’s campus. They have appointment times as well as walk-in hours. You can contact them via phone: 212-854-7426 or email.

 

Counseling and Psychological Services are in Alfred Lerner Hall on Columbia’s campus. They offer appointments as well as drop-in counseling.

You can contact them via phone: 212-854-2878.