Student Health Plan (SHP)

About Mandatory Coverage for College Students

Massachusetts state law requires students enrolled in 75% of full-time curriculum in any Massachusetts institution of higher education to participate in a school-sponsored qualifying Student Health Insurance Program (“SHP”) or an alternate health plan with comparable coverage.

The UMass Boston Student Health Insurance Plan offered through Blue Cross Blue Shield meets SHP requirements. Students who are at least 75% of full time are automatically billed for the Student Health Insurance Plan. All other students should inquire as to their eligibility to purchase the insurance by contacting the Bursar’s Office.  
Students may opt out of the SHP by completing their online waiver on your WISER account, indicating that they have comparable coverage under another plan. Please note that you cannot waive the student health insurance plan if you are currently covered by Mass Health Limited, Health Safety Net or Children’s Medical Security Plan.

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