Columbia University’s policies and procedures regarding Columbia Health and insurance coverage apply to students of Teachers College. The enrollment and administration of fees for Columbia Health Program (Columbia Health Fee) and the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan are managed by Insurance and Immunization Records, Office of Student Affairs, located at Teachers College in 159 Thorndike.
Required Participation and Automatic Enrollment
Students meeting the following criteria are automatically enrolled in the Gold Level of the Columbia Student Health Insurance and charged the Columbia Health Fee:
Students enrolled in a degree-granting program who are registered for 12 or more billable credits (does not include Certificate of Equivalency); AND/OR
Students enrolled in a degree granting program and living in the residential halls; AND/OR
International Students, regardless of credit status.
*Certificates of Equivalency-COEs-are not considered billable hours
Enrollment is on an annual basis and the fees will be applied during fall and spring registration. Students who are enrolled in the fall cannot drop or change the coverage during the spring semester even if their enrollment drops below 12 billable credits. Please be advised that if you meet the criteria of automatic enrollment, you will be enrolled for the entire year regardless of when your course registration takes place.
Students automatically enrolled in the Gold level may upgrade to the Platinum level of the insurance plan by emailing email@example.com. Domestic students may also request to waive their automatic enrollment in the Columbia Student Health Insurance by documenting Acceptable and Comparable Coverage. A new insurance enrollment or waiver request must be submitted each year during the fall semester.
There are two levels of the Columbia Plan: Gold or Platinum. Please review the information concerning these two plans very carefully found at www.tc.edu/health. Selection of an insurance plan is valid beginning August 15, 2016 until August 14, 2017 and must be completed online using myTC Portal by September 30, 2016. Once the student’s insurance coverage decision has been determined for the Fall 2016 term, either by automatic enrollment, online selection, or waiver request, that decision will automatically be continued in the following Spring 2017 term as long as the student remains registered at the University. It is not possible to upgrade to the Platinum level or downgrade to the Gold level of coverage in the Spring. For students who do not register for the Spring 2017 Term, their insurance coverage will terminate on December 31, 2016.
Waiving the Columbia Health Insurance Plan
Eligible domestic students who are automatically enrolled in the Gold level of Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan may request to waive coverage by the deadline by completing the waiver form online in myTC Portal, http://my.tc.edu. As a domestic student, if you plan on dropping below 12 billable credits (and you are not living in the halls) DO NOT submit a waiver. The Insurance and health fee will reverse off within 24 hours of you dropping.
Please note that domestic students will not have the option to waive until they are (1) registered for classes and (2) the enrollment/waiver portal has been opened. Students will be notified when the option to waive is available.
The deadlines to submit waiver requests are September 30 for continuing and new students entering in the fall and February 15 for new students admitted for the Spring.
PLEASE NOTE: A valid request must e submitted each year during the fall semester by the specified deadline to substitute other comparable coverage for the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan.
Even if you plan to waive participation in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan because you currently have comparable coverage, you are strongly encouraged to review the coverage your current plan offers to compare it to the coverage provided by the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan, which has been designed specifically for students. For information about comparing your plan with the Columbia Student Health Insurance please refer to the resources provided by Columbia Health. For additional information, please see our brochures and guides on the TC web page.
Voluntary Insurance Enrollment
Any registered Teachers College student in a degree-granting program (including part-time students and students taking only dissertation advisement) can opt to enroll in either the gold or Platinum level of the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan. You can enroll in and select your level of insurance coverage online using using myTC Portal (http://my.tc.edu) begining mid-July. To opt into the health fee only, please email IIR at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are two important deadlines to enroll in, upgrade, or request to waive the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan, outlined below:
Fall Term: September 30 via myTC Portal
Spring Term (for newly admitted Spring students only): February 15 via myTC Portal
We strongly recommend that students finalize insurance decisions by September 20th for the Fall and February 15th for the Spring.