At Lehigh University, we believe that access to good health care is critical to your academic success. Therefore, we require that full-time graduate students have health insurance. Lehigh offers a high-quality student health insurance plan at a reasonable cost. Please see below for some key information and then click on the links for more details.
Health Insurance for Graduate Students for Fall 2022: Graduate students who are arriving on campus or starting their studies in Fall 2022: The cost of health insurance coverage is $2,259 from August 15, 2022 until August 14, 2023. Please contact the Bursar's Office for information on enrollment. Teaching, Research and Graduate Assistants may be eligible for a 70% subsidy.
Full-time graduate students in degree-seeking programs must either enroll or waive the insurance by the deadline.
If you are a US citizen and covered by an employer, spouse, or parent, you are not required to purchase Lehigh’s plan but you must waive the insurance.
If you are an international student on an F-1 or J-1 visa, you are required to enroll in Lehigh’s insurance plan.
2022-23 Graduate Health Insurance Premium is $2,259.00
Additional information for graduate students about the Affordable Care Act.
Health Insurance Subsidy
Access to good insurance is essential for the health of our students. To this end, the University established a subsidy program to help eligible graduate students pay for health insurance and a payroll deduction option to help students who wish to avoid one large payment (see below for deadlines and forms). Since the establishment of the subsidy program in spring 2003, more and more graduate students have received the subsidy and enrolled in the insurance program.
For AY2022-2023, the annual premium for *students only* coverage will be $2,259.00. To help eligible students, see criteria below, afford individual coverage, the University will provide a subsidy of $1,574.30 on Lehigh’s student health plan for the 2022-2023 academic year. The out-of-pocket premium cost for the individual coverage will be $684.70. Eligible students will receive a subsidy payment of $787.15; minus the appropriate taxes for each semester during which they qualify. The subsidy will be paid at the end of each semester (with December 30, 2022 and June 2, 2023 paychecks.) NOTE: If your paychecks stop before these dates, you will not be eligible to receive the subsidy. The subsidy program is an integral part of the University’s commitment to providing our graduate students with a quality insurance program. This insurance covers the graduate student only and not his/her dependents. For AY2022-2023, to help afford the dependent coverage, the University will provide a subsidy of $250 per semester, ($500 per student/family per academic year) to the eligible graduate students with a dependent child and/or spouse; minus the appropriate taxes for each semester during which they qualify. The eligibility and application process for the dependent insurance subsidy will be available in a separate document later.
*Criteria for Student Health Insurance Subsidy Program*
The subsidy program is offered to graduate students who meet ALL the criteria listed below on the payment subsidy date. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.
1. The student must confirm their enrollment of insurance AND
2. The student must be a full-time or certified full-time graduate student. (It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that he/she is registered as a full-time or certified full-time student
prior to the payment of the subsidy) AND
3. Receiving a graduate assistantship with an appointment of at least 10 hours/week or graduate fellowship paid through the university payroll system AND
4. Has paid their Lehigh student health insurance premium in full by the time the subsidy is paid out, or has signed up for the payroll deductions of premiums.
You may begin enrolling in the insurance program on June 24, 2022. To enroll in the insurance program, you must confirm your enrollment in the health insurance by going to www.universityhealthplans.com AND submit payment to the Bursar’s Office. Students must complete their registration prior to being eligible to confirm their enrollment in the health insurance plan. (NOTE: Certified Full-Time students must confirm their enrollment of insurance after RAS has processed their Full-Time Certification request.)
Lehigh also offers Dental and Vision plans that are optional for the student. Click on the buttons below for more information about these plans.
Spouses and Dependents
Lehigh does not cover spouses and dependents under the insurance plans offered to students. However, For 2022-2023, to help afford the dependent coverage, the University will provide a subsidy of $250 per semester, ($500 per student/family per academic year) to the eligible graduate students with a dependent child and/or spouse; minus the appropriate taxes for each semester during which they qualify.
Please click the buttons below for the dependent subsidy policy and insurance options for spouses and dependents.