Medical Expense and Health Plan Assistance Programs

The Graduate School is pleased to offer financial assistance for medical expenses in two ways:

  • The Medical Expense Assistance Program, which helps with unanticipated and/or prohibitive medical expenses and;
  • The Health Plan Assistance Program for students on the Student Health Plan who cannot reasonably access an in-network provider.
     

Medical Expense Assistance Program

Special funds exist to assist enrolled graduate students with unreimbursed medical expenses that create a financial hardship for them. Assistance takes the form of a grant to reimburse expenses not covered by insurance; therefore, you must first submit insurance claims and determine your out-of-pocket expenses before you can apply for reimbursement through these funds.

To apply for assistance with these medical expenses:

  • Schedule an appointment with Michele Gregory (link sends e-mail) at the Student Health Plan Office to review your insurance statements and make sure your bills are correct.
  • Write a letter to Dean Schreyer explaining the nature of your illness, how much you are required to pay, and why these costs present a hardship for you.
  • Attach original receipts for medical costs not covered by the Student Health Plan and photocopies of insurance statements, to document your out-of-pocket expenses.
  • If your receipts span several weeks or treatments, please include an itemized spreadsheet summarizing your costs so we can more easily understand your situation.
  • Submit your letter, receipts and spreadsheet to 110 Clio Hall.

Dean Schreyer (link sends e-mail) will review all requests in strict confidentiality. If you qualify for assistance, you will be notified in writing and receive a reimbursement check. If you do have privacy and confidentiality concerns about sharing your needs and requests, please reach out to Dean Schreyer for further information and guidance.

 

Health Plan Assistance Program

Students enrolled in the Student Health Plan (SHP) who choose to use out-of-network providers will have 70% of eligible expenses covered by the SHP. When students cannot reasonably access an in-network provider (e.g., students who have been approved by the Graduate School to be enrolled in absentia in order to conduct research elsewhere and are in areas where in-network providers cannot be found), the Graduate School will reimburse the difference so that 80% of eligible medical charges are covered. These students may also be eligible for further reimbursement through the Medical Expense Assistance Program.

To apply for assistance with theses medical expenses:

  • Write a letter to Dean Schreyer explaining why you cannot reasonably access an in-network provider.
  • Attach original receipts for medical costs not covered by the Student Health Plan and photocopies of insurance statements, to document your out-of-pocket expenses.
  • If your receipts span several weeks or treatments, please include an itemized spreadsheet summarizing your costs so we can more easily understand your situation.
  • If you are also applying for the Medical Expense Assistance Program, please follow the additional instructions for that program and submit your requests jointly.
  • Submit your letter, receipts and spreadsheet to 110 Clio Hall.

Dean Schreyer (link sends e-mail) will review all requests in strict confidentiality. If you qualify for assistance, you will be notified in writing and receive a reimbursement check.