• The Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is an integral part of the university's efforts to promote the well-being of our students. The New School offers a health insurance plan to all degree (including online-only), visiting, mobility (study abroad), maintenance-of-status, Lang and Parsons consortium, ESL + certificate, graduate credit certificate, and graduate and undergraduate degree non-matriculating students. Students enrolling through the Continuing and Professional Education program are not eligible and are not charged for student health insurance. 

    For the 2024-2025 academic year, The New School will be partnering with Aetna Student Health (ASH) and have secured an approximately 2.7% decrease in the premium with many added benefits:

    • Expanded gender-affirming benefits including coverage for electrolysis, voice therapy,  chest binders, and facial feminization surgeries 
    • Access to Aetna’s trained Personal Navigators when students have questions about benefits, claims, and providers for gender-affirming health care
    • Addition of Aetna Dental care
    • Addition of Aetna Vision care
    • No deductible for neuropsychological testing services
    • Copays for acupuncture will be $20 to match copays for other in-network services
    • Benefit plan documents will be available in Simple Chinese and Korean languages

    All eligible students are automatically billed for the SHIP each semester upon registration. Students must choose to enroll in the plan or request a waiver by the posted deadline. The enrollment and waiver forms for students registering for the fall 2024 semester will be available at universityhealthplans.com/tns beginning May 2, 2024. The deadline to submit an enrollment or waiver form for the fall 2024 semester is September 9, 2024.

    How It Works

    • All students are required to have health insurance that provides comprehensive coverage where they are located.
    • Students' insurance plans do not need to be U.S.-based or ACA-compliant in order for them to be eligible to waive the SHIP. 
    • All students are automatically charged for student health insurance upon registration.
    • Students who want coverage under the SHIP must submit an enrollment form.
    • Students with their own health insurance coverage must submit a waiver form.
    • Students who do not take any action before the enrollment/waiver deadline will be automatically enrolled in the SHIP after the deadline has passed and will be responsible for payment of the health insurance fee.
    • Students need to submit a waiver form only once every academic year. Waiver forms submitted in the fall 2024 semester will be applied to both fall 2024 and spring 2025.

    2024-2025 Health Insurance Plan

    • The annual premium will be posted after the rate is approved by the NY state insurance office.
      • Fall 2024 coverage period: August 20, 2024, to January 15, 2025
      • Spring 2025 coverage period: January 15 to August 19, 2025
    • The student health insurance provider is Aetna Student Health. The student health insurance provider administers the insurance plan and pays the claims.
    • The plan is an Aetna Open Choice PPO Plan.
    • University Health Plans is the insurance broker. The insurance broker handles the enrollment and waiver processes, including dependent and OPT enrollment. 
    • The plan documents will be available once the plan is approved by NY state.

    2023-2024 Health Insurance Plan

    • The annual premium is $4,482. The premium is billed in two installments:
      • Fall 2023 coverage is $1,812.39 (coverage period August 20, 2023, to January 14, 2024)
      • Spring 2024 coverage is $2,669.61 (coverage period January 15 to August 19, 2024)
    • The student health insurance provider is UnitedHealthcare StudentResources. The student health insurance provider administers the insurance plan and pays the claims.
    • The plan is a UnitedHealthcare Student Resources Choice Plus PPO Plan.
    • University Health Plans is the insurance broker. The insurance broker handles the enrollment and waiver processes, including dependent and OPT enrollment. 
    • The Plan Summary and Plan Brochure provide an overview of the benefits and coverage of the plan. The Plan Certificate provides more detailed information about the benefits.
    • If you missed the spring 2024 waiver deadline and wish to inquire about terminating the plan for a prorated refund, please contact University Health Plans at info@univhealthplans.com or 833.251.1129.



    • Contact Us

      Student Health Services (SHS)
      80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
      New York, NY 10011
      shs@newschool.edu
      212.229.1671

      Office Hours
      Monday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
      Friday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
      Closed daily from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
      Closed on university holidays

      Student Health Insurance
      studentinsurance@newschool.edu

      National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
      988

      Trevor Project Lifeline (LGBTQ-focused)
      866.488.7386

      LIFENET Hotline
      English: 800.543.3638
      Spanish: 877.298.3373
      Mandarin, Cantonese, and Korean dialects: 877.990.8585

      Limited same-day counseling appointments are available. Telehealth counseling sessions are available after 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

      Students living outside of the United States should use emergency and after-hours services in their local communities.

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