Health care is very expensive and while the Student Health Center on campus can provide primary care for students, sometimes students require additional care for hospitalizations, surgery, or other specialty care. Large medical bills can be overwhelming. It is important that students are able to receive appropriate health care when necessary. Rice University requires that all registered, degree seeking students (with the exception of students enrolled in a online program or the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies) maintain health insurance while enrolled so that unexpected illness or accident does not hinder its students' wellness or academic success. It is Rice University's responsibility to ensure the safety of all students. Therefore, students may only opt out of the Rice Student Health Insurance Plan if their outside insurance meets Rice's waiver requirements. Students enrolled in an online program or the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies are not eligible for Student Health Insurance or required to submit a waiver.
IMPORTANT: All students that have not enrolled in coverage, or submitted a waiver by August 30th (Fall) or January 17th (Spring) will be automatically enrolled in coverage and charged the full premium. Once you are enrolled in coverage, you cannot cancel for any reason. If you do not enroll yourself in coverage, and you are automatically enrolled in Aetna Student Health, please note your enrollment process will be delayed. You may need to pay out of pocket for medical services until your enrollment has been processed. Once processed, you will be able to file a claim for reimbursement. The coverage will not be prorated and will be effective 08/15/2019 (Fall) or 01/01/2020 (Spring). Please understand the risk of not electing to enroll yourself in coverage during the open enrollment period.