Students who pay the Student Health Fee may receive care at any of the Harvard campus clinics or through HUHS telemedicine appointments, including Urgent Care and:

Allergy & Asthma Neurology Primary Care
Dermatology Nutrition Rheumatology
Ear, Nose, & Throat (ENT) Ophthalmology Surgery
Endocrinology/Diabetology Orthopedics Urology
Gastroenterology Physical Therapy X-Ray/Ultrasound
Mental Health Podiatry Telemedicine with HUHS Providers

 

The HUHS services listed below are not covered by the Student Health Fee but are covered by the Student Health Insurance Plan (limitations apply). View the student handbook for benefit details. 

Allergy serum Obstetrics/Gynecology
Immunizations (restrictions apply) Pharmacy
Laboratory Services (Quest or other facilities) Routine Eye Exams

Why DO I HAVE TO PAY THIS FEE? WHAT DOES IT HELP SUPPORT?

Harvard University policy requires that all registered students pay the Student Health Fee (SHF). This allows students the appropriate access to medical care on campus if/when they should need it or through HUHS telemedicine appointments (on or off campus). This required fee enables Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) to provide coordinated, high quality, accessible health care to the entire student population.

While you may choose not to obtain medical or mental health care at HUHS or through HUHS telemedicine appointments, HUHS services extend beyond direct patient care. The SHF pays for the whole infrastructure support of HUHS. HUHS has continued to be available for services, including through telemedicine, and is currently staffed to be available to receive COVID-19 patients. 

Direct medical and counseling services are only a portion of the services provided by HUHS to all registered students. For example, the services below are offered outside the scope of direct medical services, but are funded by the SHF:

  • Access to OSAPR/AODS services and programs
  • CAMHS outreach
  • Confidential testing at HUHS
  • Flu clinics for students
  • Immunization compliance
  • Managing and staffing the waiver processes
  • Nutrition outreach
  • Pandemic planning: The SHF supports the University’s public health infrastructure and will help facilitate the University’s move towards a safe re-open for students.
  • Patient care coordination
  • Student health promotion and University-wide public health efforts
  • Wellness workshops

We are unable to accept appeals to waive this fee. A very limited number of students who meet certain criteria are eligible to waive the Student Health Fee. Having other health insurance coverage is not a qualifying reason to waive the Student Health Fee, but it may allow you to waive the Student Health Insurance Plan. Learn more about waiving the SHF.

Is the student health fee (SHF) insurance?

The SHF is not health insurance. It is a fee that all registered students who are enrolled more than half time are required to pay. This fee covers most services at Harvard University Health Services with no copay, including HUHS telemedicine appointments.

Direct medical and counseling services are only a portion of the services provided by HUHS to all registered students. For example, the services below are offered outside the scope of direct medical services, but funded by the SHF:

  • Access to OSAPR/AODS services and programs
  • CAMHS outreach
  • Confidential testing at HUHS
  • Flu clinics for students
  • Immunization compliance
  • Managing and staffing the waiver processes
  • Nutrition outreach
  • Pandemic planning: The SHF supports the University’s public health infrastructure and will help facilitate the University’s move towards a safe re-open for students.
  • Patient care coordination
  • Student health promotion and University-wide public health efforts
  • Wellness workshops

I waived the Student Health Insurance Plan. Can I still receive care at Harvard University Health Services?

Yes, the SHF covers the cost of most services at HUHS and HUHS telemedicine appointments. If you receive care that is not covered under the SHF and you waived the Student Health Insurance Plan, your alternative insurance will be billed.

Only a small number of students are eligible to waive the Student Health Fee.

Where to find medical care

Most of your care will take place at Harvard University Health Services (HUHS). HUHS offers routine and preventive care to promote good health, as well as urgent care and some specialty care. 

Scheduling Appointments
You can make an appointment online through the HUHS Patient Portal or by calling your provider’s office directly.

Mental Health
Counseling services are available at HUHS for academic issues; depression; anxiety; stress; sexual, relationship, or eating concerns; grief; and a variety of other concerns.

Disclaimer: All benefits are subject to medical necessity criteria. The benefits description defines the terms and conditions of your coverage, and will govern if questions arise. HUHS services are limited in scope and subject to change. 

 

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