Health Insurance & Subsidy Info for Graduate Students

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.  

Graduate Health Insurance Subsidy for Funded Graduate Students

New or readmitted students who enter Lehigh University in the Fall term are NOT automatically enrolled in the Lehigh Student Health Insurance Plan, but are still required to have health insurance. If you meet eligibility requirements and have comparable coverage from a domestic insurance company with claims paid in the United States, you may choose to not purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan. However, if you are eligible and do not have health insurance, you are required to enroll in the Lehigh Student Health Insurance Plan. Deadline to confirm your enrollment is September 6, 2024 at 4:00PMDetailed information regarding the Health Insurance Subsidy can be found by clicking here or by clicking on the button below. 

For complete details on the Student Health Insurance plan, including complete eligibility requirements, effective dates and costs, enrollment periods, and the schedule of benefits, please see the  Lehigh University Student Health Insurance Plan information available from University Health Plans.

A brief summary is provided below:

  • Full-time graduate students in degree-seeking programs must either enroll or waive the insurance by the deadline. 
    • For graduate students entering in Fall 2024, the deadline is September 6, 2024 at 4:00 PM.
    • For graduate students entering in Spring 2025, the deadline to enroll is 4:00 PM on January 31, 2025.
  • 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.
  • Full Year (AY 2024-2025) Graduate Health Insurance Premium is $2,509.00.

NOTE: Teaching, Research and Graduate Assistants may be eligible for an 80% subsidy (see criteria by clicking this link).


Graduate Student Health Insurance 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 their dependents. There are Criteria for the Student Health Insurance Subsidy Program. For criteria, links, and helpful information, please click on the "health insurance subsidy" button below. Deadline to apply for the AY 2024-2025 subsidy is September 6, 2024 at 4:00 PM.

To help afford the dependent coverage, the University will provide a subsidy as well. Continue scrolling on this page to see Information regarding dependent health insurance subsidy and to learn more about this.

Spouse and Dependent Health Insurance Subsidy

Lehigh does not cover spouses and dependents under the insurance plans offered to students. However, for 2024-2025 to help afford the dependent coverage the University will provide a subsidy of $250 per semester 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. Eligible students must apply for the subsidy before the deadline and provide necessary documents.

For qualifying graduate students who have met criteria and purchased health insurance for academic year 2024-2025, the deadline to apply for the dependent health subsidy is October 4, 2024.

Please click the buttons below for the dependent subsidy policy and insurance options for spouses and dependents.