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Welcome to Student Health Insurance Plan

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Rice University requires all students to have Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliant health insurance coverage.  Therefore, students may enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan (insured by Aetna Student Health) or request a waiver of the student insurance if enrolled in coverage from another insurance provider. 

Both application and waiver form(s) are located via the link above labeled "Health Insurance Application or Waiver". 

Open enrollment (both enrollment and application for waiver) for 2014-2015 coverage is now live.  Please click the "Health Insurance Application or Wavier" link above to start the process.

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 should use the "Payroll Deduction" link above.

PLEASE NOTE:  Students are automatically billed for the health insurance plan for Annual/Fall and Spring/Summer enrollment periods. This line item on your bill 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 on August 15.  Complete online application via the above link ("Health Insurance Application or Waiver").

For questions concerning the Rice/Aetna plan call (713) 348-5544 or email studentinsurance@rice.edu.

General Info

The Student Health Insurance Office is located in the Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza, Suite 2600.

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9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


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