Mandatory Graduate Student Health Insurance

This mandatory health insurance information page is for domestic graduate students. All international graduate students are required to carry student health insurance, at the same rates as posted below, and the cost will be automatically added to your student account. International students who wish to waive out of the UNLV student health insurance must contact the office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) for further information. Also, any international graduate students with insurance questions must contact ISS directly. ISS is located in the Office of the Registrar (SSC-C); their phone number is 702-774-6477; and their email is You may also visit the ISS website.

Health Insurance Requirements for Domestic Graduate and Professional Students

In May 2013, the Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) passed a motion to recommend that all fully admitted graduate and professional students taking 9 credits or more per semester, and all graduate assistants, must have health insurance coverage either through UNLV or their own carrier. In June 2013, the NSHE Board of Regents supported and approved this proposal. As a result, the mandatory hard waiver student health insurance policy went into effect for the fall 2013 semester.

What Does This Mean?

Students who are admitted into a graduate program and are enrolled in 9 credits or more (regardless of the course level) in a semester, all graduate assistants, and all Law students enrolled in 12 credits or more will be automatically billed for student health insurance. It is then incumbent upon those students who already have health insurance to complete the UNLV online waiver form to waive out of the UNLV student health insurance. Once approved, a health insurance waiver is good for one academic year.

Will my Health Insurance Fee be included in my Financial Aid?

Students who would like to have their UNLV graduate health insurance fees considered as part of their educational expenses may complete a cost of attendance appeal with the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office.

In some instances, students may be considered for additional federal student loans to help pay their health insurance costs. The contact information for the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office, as well as additional information regarding the cost of attendance appeal process, can be found at the Financial Aid site.

In terms of financial aid disbursements, for full time graduate and professional students and GAs who have the health insurance fee on your student account, this could impact any financial aid refund you may be expecting to receive. However, if you submit a waiver and are approved, the health insurance fee will be removed from your account and a refund for the difference would be returned to the student from Financial Aid. Additional questions about the impact of this health insurance policy on your student aid? Please contact the UNLV Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.

When Can I Submit a Health Insurance Waiver?

After the health insurance fee appears on your Student Account, you will have to wait three business days before you are able to submit your health insurance fee waiver. This is the amount of time it takes for your information to be sent to our health insurance carrier, USI Insurance Services; once they have it, you will be recognized in their system as a UNLV student impacted by the mandatory health insurance policy, and thereby able to submit a waiver. If you attempt to submit a waiver before the 3 full business day timeline, you will not be recognized by the USI Insurance Services system and your waiver will not process.

What Are the Minimum Requirements to Waive Out of the UNLV Health Insurance?

To qualify for the fee waiver, students must be enrolled in an alternate insurance plan by Jan. 12, 2018. Your health insurance policy must be comparable to, or more comprehensive than, the coverage offered through the UNLV Student Health Insurance Plan. You will also be allowed to waive out if you are insured through any of the following programs:

  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Veterans Health Care
  • Certain plans offered through Nevada Health Link
  • Indian Health Service
What Information Will I Need to Complete the Waiver Form?
  • Name of your insurance company.
  • Phone number of your insurance company.
  • Group and medical ID number of your insurance plan.
  • Does your plan provide Primary Care services within 25 miles of UNLV?
  • Does your plan provide Emergency Care within 25 miles of UNLV?
  • How much does your plan pay for Inpatient Hospitalization?
  • Does your plan have Inpatient and Outpatient Mental Health benefits?
  • What is your plan’s Annual Deductible per person?
  • Does your plan provide Prescription Medication coverage?

If you are sure you want to waive out of the UNLV mandatory health insurance plan, please have your health insurance policy information available and proceed to the online waiver form. USI Insurance Services audits all approved waiver requests. If the insurance information submitted by any student cannot be verified, the student health insurance fee will be charged, and the student will be responsible for the fee and enrolled in the student health insurance plan.

Waiver Form for Domestic Students

What Happens After I Complete the Waiver Form?

Approval or denial of a fee waiver request is provided immediately once the request is submitted. Once a waiver is approved, Student Cashiering will remove the health insurance charged from the student’s account within 7–10 days. If a student receives a denied waiver, he or she will be given a box that allows them to fill in their appeal and submit the appeal to the UNLV Grad waiver inbox ( If a student exits out of that screen and does not enter an appeal, but later on wishes to file one, their waiver denial email will direct them to send their email directly to the UNLV Grad waiver inbox ( Students will be notified of the appeal decision in writing via RebelMail. The appeal decision is final.

What is the Deadline to Submit a Waiver?

We will begin accepting waivers on Nov. 14, 2017. Feb. 27, 2018 is the deadline to submit a waiver for the Spring 2018 semester to waive out of the UNLV Student Health Insurance. The waiver link will be turned off on Feb. 27, 2018. Thus, if you fail to submit your waiver by the end of the day on Feb. 27, you will be required to pay the cost for student health insurance for the Spring 2018 semester, and late fees will be charged if the student health insurance fee is not paid by Feb. 27, 2018. This is non-negotiable. The waiver covers the entire academic year. You do however need to waive out every academic year.

What is the Cost of Insurance for the 2017-2018 Academic Year?

Graduate, Law and International Students (8/16/17 - 8/15/18)

  • Annual: $2,449.66
  • Fall: $999.58
  • Spring/Summer: $1,450.08

Nursing Graduate Students (8/16/17 - 8/31/18)

  • Annual: $2,556.72
  • Fall: $999.58
  • Spring/Summer: $1,557.14

Dental Students

  • Annual: $2,311.00
Do I have to Enroll My Dependents?

You do not have to enroll your dependents. If you would like to enroll your dependents, please contact USI Insurance Services directly at 800-853-5899 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific Time). Dependents must be enrolled in the same period of coverage in which you are enrolled.

Do I have the Option of Purchasing other Coverage and Submitting a Waiver for the Spring Semester?

Yes. If you obtain other coverage for the Spring semester, you will need to contact UNLV at

I am an Admitted Graduate Student, but I am Neither Enrolled in 9 Credits Nor a GA. Can I Still Enroll in the UNLV Student Health Insurance Plan?

Yes, all admitted graduate and professional students are eligible to enroll in the UNLV graduate student health insurance plan. If you do not fall in either required category (i.e., 9 or more credits or a GA) then you will need to contact USI Insurance Services to enroll in the student health insurance plan and receive the discounted UNLV graduate and professional student rates. Please follow the Voluntary Enrollment Link or call 800-853-5899 Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific Time). Enrollment applications will be accepted through Feb. 27, 2018 for the Spring semester.


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