Health Insurance Information

This page contains important information on Graduate Student Health Insurance, including how to waive the University Student Insurance.

You have received information on waiving the University Student Health Insurance. If you are a student with guaranteed funding, you will not be able to waive this until you enroll in the Graduate Student Health Insurance Program, GSHIP, also known as the RA/TA Health Insurance. GSHIP enrollment information will be available mid-July. If you have guaranteed funding, you can complete and return the enrollment form before you are assigned an actual RA or TA position at orientation.

Deadline for Waiving Health Insurance is September 11!

GSHIP Verification and Enrollment Form – Coming Soon

Things you need to know regarding the RA/TA Health Insurance Program:

Enrollment is now Open

RE-enrollment for health insurance is required each Fall semester.

You must have an RA or TA position to be eligible.

You must be enrolled full time, before you can enroll you in the RA/TA Health Insurance program, GSHIP.

You must be enrolled in the GSHIP before you will be able to waive the mandatory University Policy, if this is the policy covering you.

Waiver from the University's Policy is NOT automatic!

You will be charged $1,270 if you do not waive the University's Policy.

Difference between Mandatory Policy and GSHIP program

There are two different and separate kinds of health insurance offered to UNC-CH graduate students.

RA/TA Graduate Student Health Insurance Program, GSHIP

University Mandatory Health Insurance, StudentBlue

Applied Physical Sciences

Health Insurance provided by CS Dept. for RA’s and TA’s University’s Student Health Insurance Program provided by UNC-CH for all students.
Cost to you: $0.00 Cost: $1,270/month
Enroll via Google Form To waive StudentBlue, verifies you are covered under another valid policy. This cancels the monthly charge.

The RA/TA, GSHIP, Health Insurance Option


As a graduate student, you are eligible for enrollment in the Graduate Student Health Insurance Program, GSHIP, frequently referred to as the RA/TA Health Insurance plan, provided you meet all of these criteria:

You must be registered as a full-time graduate student in good standing at the University.

You are functioning as a Research Assistant, RA, Teaching Assistant, TA, Fellow, or Trainee.

Your service and non-service appointments must be based on academically-related endeavors within an academic program/department.

You must receive a minimum prescribed compensation for services, as a Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant, or receive a fellowship or traineeship award during a policy year from an appropriate source of University funds related to their academic appointment(s). The minimum prescribed compensation is updated for each plan year.


As an enrolled student, you are required to have health insurance coverage, no exceptions.

You will be enrolled in the system-wide policy and charged $1,270 per semester unless you waive, proving that you do have another approved health insurance policy.

The waiver process must be completed by the September 11 for the fall semester.

Per above, StudentBlue and GSHIP polices are two separate plans.


Waiving the University Student Health Insurance, StudentBlue

Deadline for Waiving Health Insurance is September 11!


Enroll in GSHIP or have another credible insurance policy.

Receive insurance card & policy information in the mail.

Go to Waiver Page and follow the instructions.

Dependent Coverage

To enroll a Spouse, Domestic Partner or Dependent you will need:

His or her Social Security Number

Prior insurance information, such as insurer, policy number, and dates of coverage

An application – download the electronic application.

To contact BCBS at 800-579-8022, to add dependents.

Additional Helpful Information

Campus Health Services:

Blue Cross Blue Shield: or 888-351-8283.

Graduate Student Health Insurance Program Policy Statement

RA/TA (GSHIP) Insurance

Dependent Coverage Form