Optional Dental Coverage

Dental Blue

Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) has partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBS) to offer an optional BCBS Dental Blue plan to students and their dependents. If you wish to participate in this plan, you must enroll by the open enrollment deadline. The plan year is August 1 to July 31.

  • Fall term (August 1 - July 31): enrollment deadline September 30
  • Spring term* (February 1 - July 31): enrollment deadline February 28

*Spring term enrollment is for new incoming spring term students and students returning from a fall term leave of absence.

Enrollment or renewal in the Student Dental Plan is not automatic. An application must be submitted each academic year.

Changes for AY15
Students will be allowed to enroll in the dental plan after the open enrollment deadline(s) with a life changing event. If students have another dental plan that ended, they will have 30 days from the end date of their alternative dental plan to enroll. The coverage and cost will be pro‐rated to the first day of the month of the event. Documentation must be submitted to HUSHP confirming the loss of coverage, along with a completed enrollment form.

Cost to Enroll
Charges will be applied to the student bill for the full amount. Monthly purchase is not available.

      Student only $443/year*
      Student + 1 dependent $855/year
      Student + 2 or more dependents $1,320/year


This plan has a $1,500 plan-year maximum and includes a maximum rollover benefit that allows for additional dollars for future plan years.

Preventive Benefit Group Basic Benefit Group Major Benefit Group
No Deductible $50 per member/$150 per Family Plan Year Deductible
Full Coverage 60% Coverage 40% Coverage
Oral Surgery
Prosthetic Maintenance
Other Services
Major Restorative
Please note: Orthodontics is not a covered benefit under this plan. For more detailed coverage information, including restrictions, review the Benefits Summary or contact BCBS at 800-257-8141.


Dentist Network
As a member of the Student Dental Plan, you are eligible to receive convenient on-campus care through the Harvard Dental Service or from any dentist who participates in the BCBS Dental Blue network. Dental Blue members also have the freedom to seek care from out-of-network providers; however you may be balance billed for any difference between the dentist’s actual charge or the allowed charge, whichever is less.

HUHS Dental Service

Enjoy convenient care on campus at the Harvard Dental Service (located in the Smith Campus Center), which is part of the Dental Blue network.

Dental Blue Network

Dental Blue also offers members access to an extensive network of over 6,000 Dental Blue provider locations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Dental Blue members also have access to over 103,000 credentialed provider locations nationwide through the DenteMax national network.
Find a Dentist
To find a dentist near you or to find out if a dentist participates in Dental Blue, visit findadoctor.bluecrossma.com. When asked to select a network, select “Dental Blue” if looking for a dentist in Massachusetts or Rhode Island, or "Dentemax Network of Dentists" if looking for a dentist elsewhere. If you need personal assistance finding a dentist contact BCBS at 800-257-8141 and reference group number 002348115.