Office of Student Health & Wellness

Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan 2021 - 2022

For the 2021-2022 academic year, Columbia University is offering a single level plan to meet students’ health-related needs beyond the on-campus services offered by Columbia Health.


  • $0 deductible
  • Lower out of pocket maximum
  • No changes to benefits from the current year
  • Consistent co-pays ($30 for medical; $20 for mental health)
  • Pharmacy co-pays unchanged
  • No changes to co-insurance
  • Annual premium of $4,836 for students

In response to student feedback, Columbia Health is pleased to introduce a new voluntary vision plan ($65/year) in addition to the voluntary dental plan ($455/year). 

Put together, these medical, dental, and vision options provide a comprehensive coverage package for our students at prices substantially lower than plans offered via the New York State Healthcare Marketplace.

2021-2022 Columbia Plan coverage is effective August 15, 2021 through August 14, 2022. 

Important Dates

August 14, 2021- 2020-2021 Columbia Plan ends 

* Students that graduated in May 2021 and are on the 2020-2021 Columbia Plan will have coverage until 8/14/21.

August 15, 2021- 2021-2022 Columbia Plan begins

September 30, 2021 - Last day to voluntarily enroll/petition to waive the Columbia Plan for 2021-2022 year

February 15, 2022- Last day to voluntarily enroll/petition to waive the Columbia Plan for new Spring 2022 students only

September 8, 2021 - Immunization records/meningitis response due for Newly Admitted Students* 

*Students living in the residence halls must submit records before new student move-in. 

Important Information

Immunization Records are due by September 8, 2021 for new students beginning in the Summer & Fall 2021 term!  

Summer Welcome Programming Series: Health & Wellness at TC available HERE

Are you a new student? Click HERE to get started! 

2021-2022 Columbia Student Health Insurance coverage and fees information is available HERE.

Columbia Medical Services is open for reduced essential services. Walk-ins will not be accepted. All students are required to call 212-854-7426 in advance before visiting, including those with scheduled routine appointments.

Flu vaccines will be available in Lerner Hall from October 4—29,  Mondays: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM; Tuesdays - Thursdays: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; and Fridays: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Walk-in only, just bring your University ID. Please note that the line cannot be joined prior to opening time and walk-ins will be admitted no later than 30 minutes before closing time. If the line is busy when you first arrive, remember that you can walk-in all month. Further details are available at

How Referrals Work

Except for visits to a hospital emergency room or an urgent care facility, a referral from an on-campus Medical Services or Counseling and Psychological Services provider is REQUIRED in order for students to utilize the off-campus benefits available under the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan.

Please Take Note

Teachers College operates on a different registration schedule than the Columbia University-Morningside Campus.  Therefore, our policies, procedures, and deadlines around Health Services and Insurance may differ from those of the Columbia University-Morningside Campus and its affiliates. If you should ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.  

Office Hours

Fall & Spring Terms

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Summer Term

Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Friday: 9:00am - 1:00pm


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