The Harvard University Student Health Program (HUSHP) is a comprehensive health program comprised of two parts: the Student Health Fee and the Student Health Insurance Plan. 

Student Health Fee  
Required for all registered students who are more than half time and studying in Massachusetts. This fee covers most services at Harvard University Health Services (HUHS). (Learn more)

Why do I have to pay this fee?

Why do I have to pay this fee?

Harvard University policy requires that all registered students pay the Student Health Fee. This allows students the appropriate access to medical care on campus if/when they should need it. Similar to library, museum, and athletic facility fees, this required fee enables Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) to provide high quality, accessible health care to the entire student population.

While you may choose not to obtain medical or mental health care at HUHS, our services extend beyond direct patient care. We encourage you to take advantage of our other services, such as support groups, health education programs, and other outreach initiatives during your time at Harvard.

Appeals to waive this fee are not accepted. A very limited number of students who meet certain criteria are eligible to waive the Student Health Fee. Having other health insurance coverage does not qualify as a reason to waive the Student Health Fee, but it may allow you to waive the Student Health Insurance Plan. You must be one of the following to waive the Student Health Fee:

  • Traveling Scholar/Study Abroad student studying outside the country
  • Enrolled half-time or less (you must also waive the Student Health Insurance Plan)
  • A non-resident student who resides outside of Massachusetts, and has no activities on campus for the entire term. Note: Students who live out of state but attend class on campus do not qualify to waive.

Student Health Insurance Plan
Provides hospital/specialty care through Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Massachusetts and prescription drug coverage through Catamaran. (Learn more)

Students enrolled in a comparable health insurance plan may be eligible to waive the Student Health Insurance Plan. Waivers must be completed by the appropriate deadline or the charges will remain on your student bill.