Members may apply for financial support from the Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) Medical Hardship Fund. Members include students, affiliates, and their dependents enrolled in both components of the Harvard University Student Health Program (the Student Health Fee and the Student Health Insurance Plan), and have their care coordinated by an HUHS clinician. The Fund may be available to use towards:

  • Eligible expenses, including the allowable cost of diagnostic/specialist visits beyond the six-visit limit for medically necessary care not available at HUHS (e.g., cardiology, oncology, liver, and kidney disease). 
  • Inpatient admission or outpatient surgery when performed in a higher cost share hospital, but only when the service received at the higher cost share hospital was non-elective and coordinated by a Harvard University Health Services clinician. In this case, a portion of the copay differential between the higher and lower cost share hospitals may be covered.

Members must describe their financial hardship by July 31 of the plan year for which they are requesting support. The maximum amount available is $5,000 per academic year.  

Contact the HUHS Patient Advocate at (617) 495-7583 to learn more about the Medical Hardship Fund or if you have questions about navigating the HUHS healthcare system.