Review the plan benefits and limitations prior to the start of the academic year. The Student Health Insurance Program starts August 1 for the fall term. Learn more.

If you want to opt out of the Student Health Plan you must complete an online waiver application by the waiver deadline (Fall term: July 31). Learn more.  

Make the Most of the Harvard University Student Health Insurance Program 

The Harvard University Student Health Program (HUSHP) is comprised of two parts: The Student Health Fee (SHF) and the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Knowing how your insurance works can lower your out-of-pocket expenses. Learn more.

Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) is here for you:
  •  With the SHF you are eligible for office visits at any of the HUHS campus clinics.  These services include x-rays, physical therapy, specialty care, urgent care, mental health counseling, and more.  These services are available to you even if you waive SHIP. Learn more
Make the most of your health plan benefits:
  • Use in-network providers. SHIP is administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) and is a PPO plan. To ensure the lowest out-of-pocket costs, try to make the HUHS your first stop for medical care. If you seek care outside of HUHS, choose a provider in the "BCBS PPO network.”  Familiarize yourself with plan benefits, limitations, and exclusions to avoid unexpected out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.  

  • Choose lower cost sharing hospitals. As a SHIP member, you are empowered to control your own out-of-pocket costs based on the hospital you choose for care. In Massachusetts, acute care hospitals are grouped into two different cost-sharing levels. When you choose lower cost sharing hospitals, you will pay less for certain services. Learn more

  • Ask about generic prescriptions. Using a generic medication instead of a brand name medication can save you money. Ask your doctor if there is a generic form of the medication you are being prescribed. If your prescription is written by a doctor at HUHS, you can fill your prescription at the HUHS Pharmacy and they can charge the copayment to your student bill. Learn more.

Take advantage of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) MyBlue:
  • SHIP members can view their claims, monitor deductibles, out-of-pocket costs, request a written estimate, and view special savings and discounts through BCBSMA MyBlue.  Log into the BCBSMA website and create a MyBlue account to take advantage of these services. Learn more.