What's the Difference between the Health Center Fee and Student Insurance?
Health Center Fee: *This fee is $105 per semester.
- This fee allows you to utilize UAF’s Student Health & Counseling Center. See the Student Health & Counseling Center pamphlet for a description of our services.
- 9 or more credits/semester (Fall/Spring): MANDATORY fee and will be automatically charged to your fee statement. For Summer Sessions: if you take 6 credits or more over the course of the summer, the fee is mandatory.*
- 6-8 credits/semester (Fall/Spring): OPTIONAL (ask to have it added to your fees). For Summer Sessions, if you are taking less than 6 credits, you may use the health center for a bridge fee if you are enrolled in the upcoming fall semester for 6 or more credits and you were eligible for health center services in the preceding spring semester.
- Less than 6 credits/semester (Fall/Spring) or Summer Sessions: NOT AVAILABLE unless you qualify for the summer bridge fee.
- For students who are assessed the fee on a mandatory basis, the fee may be waived ONLY under certain circumstances (see your class schedule under Fees for more information).
- Please note that this fee is NOT a user fee – it is assessed to students as explained above and is not assessed based upon usage of the Health Center.
- The health center fee is based on a student’s cumulative credit hours over the course of the summer. If a student plans to take a total of six credits or more during the summer, he/she is encouraged to register early in order to be able to take advantage of the health center during all the summer months.
- Health Insurance fee: This fee is to provide you with medical insurance coverage if you don’t already have it. UAF contracts with a private insurer to provide a plan to eligible students. It operates similarly to other private insurance plans and is designed to cover basic outpatient, inpatient and prescription needs. See the plan booklet for more information.
- Students taking 9 or more credits during Fall or Spring semesters: you are REQUIRED to carry some form of medical insurance coverage. There is no current requirement for students attending Summer Sessions but it is highly encouraged.
- If you do not have insurance coverage and you are taking 9 credits or more during the Fall or Spring semester, you must purchase the Student Health Insurance plan. The fee WILL NOT be automatically added to your fee statement however. YOU MUST ASK to have this added to your fees.
- Students taking between 6-8 credits during the Fall or Spring semesters may purchase the student health insurance coverage on an optional basis. Please contact the Business Office to have it added to your fees.
- Students taking 6 credits or more during Summer Sessions may purchase the student insurance plan on an optional basis. Contact the Business Office to have it added to your fees.
- Insurance can be purchased by the semester, year or for the spring/summer periods and must be paid through the Business Office. (For Distance Education or for continuing coverage, contact Margaret at 474-7043.)
- The student insurance plan is not available for students taking less than 6 credits during the Fall or Spring semesters or Summer Sessions.
- All students purchasing the Student Health Insurance plan must also pay the Health Center fee.
HIPAA VS FERPA Knowing the difference can help if there is a medical emergency.
Understanding HIPPA: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/index.html
Generally at Orientation, parents and students fill out the FERPA form at the Bursar's Office:
What is FERPA? http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/parents.html
Is the Student Health Center Open in the Summer?
Yes it is with different Hours
The Student Health and Counseling Center is open during the summer months of May through August. The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. Closed on Fridays.
We provide medical and counseling services to eligible students only.
What makes a student eligible during the summer?
Students enrolled in 6 credits or more during the Summer Sessions will be assessed a mandatory health center fee of $66.
Students who are not taking summer classes but were eligible to use the health center in spring 2011 and are also enrolled in the fall 2011 semester for 6 or more credits can pay a bridge fee of $66 in order to continue their health services during the summer.
The health cetner fee is based on a student's cumulative credit hours over the summer. If a student plans to take 6 credit hours during the summer, he/she is encouraged to enroll early in order to take full advantage of the health center during all the summer months.