FAQs about the Student Health Plan (SHP)


  • The Fall 2017 deadline to waive the SHP is October 2nd

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 Plan (“SHP”) or an alternate health plan with comparable coverage. UMass Boston’s SHP is offered through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA).

What if I already have insurance?

If you have comparable coverage under another major medical insurance plan, you can waive the Student Health Insurance Plan. Click here for information about how to waive the SHP. You cannot waive the student health insurance plan if you are currently insured by Mass Health Limited, Health Safety Net or Children’s Medical Security Plan.

What does the BCBSMA Student Health Insurance Plan offer?

The BCBSMA SHP meets or exceeds state insurance requirements, with coverage and benefits specific to college students. For complete coverage information, visit the UMass Boston’s SHP Webpage on University Health Plans website.

All students who enroll in the SHP can use University Health Services as their Primary Care Provider or for episodic care.    

Students that choose to receive their care at University Health Services also enjoy these added benefits:

  •  Covered services rendered at the University Health Services (UHS) are not subject to the annual deductible
  •  NO coinsurance for laboratory visits in the UHS.
  •  NO copayment for services provided by UHS. $30.00 off campus.

How do I enroll in the Student Health Plan (SHP)?

Students who are at least 75% of full time are automatically billed for the SHP. Other students wishing to purchase the plan should contact the Bursar’s Office to determine their eligibility.

The SHP provider is Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS).  For information about the plan for the upcoming academic year please click here.  

For questions about Blue Cross insurance benefits please contact the plan administrator United Health Plan (UHP) at 1.800.437.6448.  

For questions about student health insurance eligibility or waivers contact:
UMass Boston Bursar's Office
Campus Center, 4th Floor, 04300

For questions about comparable coverage contact:
Joanne Francis
University Health Services
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA