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.

 

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 (i.e., 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.