Open Enrollment Period
The Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP) open enrollment period is open. You can access the medical enrollment and waiver applications (vision and dental insurance is also available) now until through September 15, 2021, via the Student Information Online (SIO).
Student Health Insurance Plans
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield will be our 2021-2022 student health insurance provider; plans are available for Carnegie Mellon University undergraduate and graduate students and their eligible dependents. Medical (SHIP), dental and vision plans are available.
You are eligible to enroll in the Carnegie Mellon health plans if you are:
- A full- or part-time matriculating Carnegie Mellon student. You must attend the first 31 days of class during the semester you enroll.
- The spouses/domestic partners or dependent children of eligible participants. Supporting documentation [pdf] is required. Students in a domestic partnership can elect benefits for partners by completing domestic partner registration.
Individuals with access to staff benefits, adjunct professors and university consultants may not enroll in the student insurance plans.
About the 2021-2022 Highmark Student Insurance Plans
Annual Premiums & Plan Documents
For coverage August 1, 2021 - July 31, 2022
Dental Plan (optional)
Vision Plan (optional)
|Student +3 or more||$8,937.56||$569.56||$205.92|
|Plan Documents [pdf]|
Additional Benefits for SHIP (medical plan) Members
Blue Cross Blue Shield Global Core
CMU SHIP (medical plan) members have access to a global network of healthcare providers, should they need care while traveling or living abroad.
How to use Global Core [pdf]
AXA Travel Assistance Program
Members of CMU SHIP (medical plan) can access 24-hour emergency medical and travel assistance while traveling.
Telemedicine through Amwell
Members of the CMU SHIP (medical plan) have access to telemedicine services through Amwell.
Highmark Member Discounts
CMU SHIP (medical plan) members have access to a wide variety of health and wellness discounts.
Eligible participants must enroll in CMU's health plan(s) or apply for waivers during the Open Enrollment period. Fall 2021 Open Enrollment will begin July 19 and remain open until September 15, 2021. Please note that, by default, the Student Health Insurance Plan premium fee is posted on student accounts; the fee will be removed for students who apply for and receive an approved waiver. If you do not enroll in or waive the CMU SHIP, you will be automatically enrolled.
The Fall 2021 Open Enrollment period will be July 19 - September 15, 2021.
The open enrollment period for medical insurance corresponds to an individual's first active semester on campus each academic year. Participants must make their medical insurance decision during this period, and can also enroll their spouse or domestic partner and/or dependent children in their chosen plan.
Enrollment for vision and dental plans is only available during fall and spring open enrollment. Both timeframes are open to all eligible participants.
Monthly Payment Option
Nelnet Campus Commerce allows you to pay your insurance premium in nine monthly payments (September through May). If you already use Nelnet Campus Commerce to pay your tuition and fees, you can add your health insurance premiums to that plan. For details or to enroll in a health insurance payment plan, visit www.cmu.afford.com.
If you are paying for medical, dental and/or vision premiums with a Nelnet payment plan, please first enroll in these plans as instructed above in the Open Enrollment procedure. The monthly payment option is only available during Fall Open Enrollment.
For more information, call 1-800-722-4867 to speak with an Education Payment Counselor.
Apply for a Waiver
To qualify for a waiver, students must verify that they already have medical insurance that meets the university’s requirements. Waiver applications will be accepted during Open Enrollment, beginning July 19.
Students who miss open enrollment deadlines (or do not enroll in SHIP) will automatically be enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).
With an approved waiver, the student is accepting full financial liability for any medical costs incurred.
2020-2021 Student Health Plan Guides
Students on the current Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan (coverage through July 31, 2021) who need plan information can contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.