Health and Wellness
The University offers an array of recreation, health, wellness and disability resources for graduate students and their families.
Campus Recreation provides educational and leadership opportunities through instructional programs, intramural activities, and sport club teams for diverse levels of skill and ability. As the focal point of recreation, Dillon Gymnasium provides a full range of facilities for participation in personal fitness and wellness, and informal recreation at the crossroads of the Princeton campus.
University Health Services (UHS)
University Health Services is a fully accredited health care facility that provides comprehensive health services to Princeton University students and their eligible dependents. UHS clinicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the academic year. UHS also encompasses the following services:
Student Health Plan (SHP)
The Student Health Plan (SHP) provides health and hospitalization benefits for health and hospital services not available from UHS or received off campus. The SHP is mandatory for all enrolled graduate students and automatically covers them. The SHP is also available for the eligible dependents of graduate students and is subsidized at a rate of 75%. Additional assistance in covering health plan costs associated with children may also be available through the Graduate Child Assistance Program. Additional assistance with medical expenses for students may also be available through the Medical Expense Assistance Program and the Health Plan Assistance Program.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS)
Located in the McCosh Health Center, Counseling and Psychological Services offers:
- Counseling: individual counseling, couples counseling, and group counseling and support
- Urgent Mental Health Concerns: care in urgent situations, for you or someone else
- Psychiatric Consultation: for those considering or continuing psychiatric medication
- Mind-Body Programs: meditation, relaxation, mindfulness and more
- Campus Outreach & Training: campus-wide training, workshops and outreach events
- Specialized Treatment: for interdisciplinary treatment needs that may involve both physical and mental concerns
- Referrals to local mental health providers
SHARE, an acronym for Sexual Harrassment/Assault Advising Resources and Education, provides crisis response, support, advocacy, education, and referral services to those who are dealing with incidents of personal violence such a as sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking.
Health Promotion and Prevention Programs
Health promotion and prevention programs include preventive mental health screenings, access to individual wellness consultants, peer advising programs, customized workshops for students, and many more.
Office of Disability Services
Located in the Frist Campus Center, the Office of Disability Services welcomes all students who have a disability or suspect they may have a disability. The staff is always happy to talk with you, to help you sort out any difficulties you may be having and give you direction or refer you to other resources.
Mental Health Assistance Programs
Princeton offers several ways to assist with the cost of mental health expenses.
- Medical Expense Reimbursement Program: Special funds exist to assist enrolled graduate students with unreimbursed medical expenses that create a financial hardship for them. Medical expense assistance takes the form of a grant to reimburse expenses not covered by insurance; therefore, you must first submit insurance forms and determine your out-of-pocket expenses before you can apply for reimbursement through these funds. For further information regarding this program, contact Ellen Kellich (email@example.com).
- Mental Health Loan: The Mental Health Loan for expenses related to mental health. Graduate students may apply for a loan for mental health expenses not covered by insurance of up to $1,250 per semester to cover off-campus psychological services, which includes coverage of a plan deductible up to $200. The loan program may be used for excess balances after payment by your health plan, or for continuation of counseling after the maximum benefits have been reached on your health plan. The loan will draw no interest until you leave the University. For further information regarding this program, contact 609-258-6055 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Graduate Advance: Graduate advances are available to students coping with unexpected financial emergencies. Typically no more than $1000, they are repayable through deduction from stipend checks or federal loan disbursements. To apply for a Graduate Advance: Graduate Advance application.
- The University Health Services Special Needs Fund: Funded by the Auxiliary to the Isabella McCosh Infirmary; contact email@example.com at University Health Services. The Special Needs Fund can assist eligible graduate students with up to $300 each academic year they are enrolled at the University. Financial need of students requesting funding is ascertained through the Financial Aid Office.
- Carebridge: Princeton University has contracted with the Carebridge Corporation to provide confidential assistance to graduate students for work, personal or family issues. All counseling and referral services are free of charge.