Dependent Coverage

Dependent Coverage

Students who enroll in The Columbia Plan may also choose to insure their eligible dependents.
Eligible dependents include:

  • Lawful spouse or domestic partner residing with the student
  • Unmarried children under the age of 26, including stepchildren and foster children, who are not self-supporting and reside with the student, or for whom the student is court-ordered to provide insurance
  • Newborn or newly adopted children
  • New dependents (e.g., marriage, birth, adoption, etc.) must be added to the policy within 30 days of their addition to the family. 

Dependents are not automatically enrolled. Dependent coverage must requested each year by the deadlines below:
Fall term: September 30
Spring term:
February 15 (new incoming students only)
Summer term: June 30 (new incoming students only)
New dependents (e.g., marriage, birth, etc.) may only be added to the policy within 30 days of their addition to the family.

Please email us at to complete the Dependent Enrollment Form.


Point of Care and Referrals
Spouses and domestic partners must receive their primary care on-campus at Columbia Health Medical Services. Referrals will be required for most non-emergency off-campus medical care; dependents do not require a referral for mental health services.

Dependent children will continue to receive all of their care off-campus; referrals are not required. Review the full list of covered benefits under the Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan on the Aetna Student Health website.


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