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Welcome to Student Health Insurance Plan

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Rice University requires all students to have health insurance coverage.  Therefore, students may enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan or request a Waiver of insurance if comparable coverage is in place with another insurance provider.  Both application and waiver form(s) are located on the above labeled (Health Insurance Application or Waiver).


Open Enrollment has begun for Spring coverage (1/1/14-8/14/14).  Please follow above instructions to register.


If you provided an email address, you will receive confirmation of your transaction via that email address Only.  However, it may take up to three (3) business days for your account on ESTHER to reflect the change.


  •  Freshman students will not be penalized if changes are submitted by August 1st.


  • Graduate students on stipend who would like to pay the insurance premium by payroll deduction, forward an email to cashier@rice.edu with the subject line as “Payroll Deduction-Insurance” and ask for this option.

**PLEASE NOTE:  Students are automatically billed for the Health Insurance Plan for Annual/Fall and Spring/Summer enrollment periods.  However, this billing designation does not automatically enroll you in the insurance plan.  A completed registration form must be submitted before the enrollment deadline to have valid insurance coverage.  Complete online application via the above  (Health Insurance Application or Waiver).

For questions concerning the Rice/Aetna Plan call 713-348-5544 or write studentinsurance@rice.edu.

General Info

The Student Health Insurance Office is located in the Rich Health Center
next to the Brown Master's House off Entrance 27b. Directly to the left
across from Health Services front door.

Get more detailed directions and maps.


8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.-5 p.m.


Phone: (713) 348-5544
Fax: (713) 348-5953


(Note: This e-mail address is for general administrative purposes only. It may not be used to ask clinical questions, change an appointment, or to request records.)