Subsidized Graduate Health Insurance
Students pursuing advanced degrees full time can have difficulty finding affordable medical insurance. Mason can help eligible graduate students acquire subsidized coverage through Aetna Student Health for up to three cumulative years.
The policy funds up to 100 percent of university-subsidized insurance for those who qualify.
Coverage is limited to students who meet certain criteria.
- Doctoral students enrolled in PhD, DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts), DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice), and DA (Doctor of Arts) degree programs.
- Master of Fine Arts students.
Students in those categories must also be:
- Full-time, as defined by the university catalog.
- Supported by a tuition waiver or grant covering enough credits to support the student’s full-time course load.
- Appointed to a full-time (20 hours/week total) graduate assistantship(s) with a stipend of at least $10,000 per academic year. The assistantship(s) must cover both the fall and spring semesters.
Aetna Student Health works with Mason and with a network of doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and specialists. For specific information about the health insurance plan, including what’s covered, special circumstances, dependent coverage, and online enrollment procedures, contact Aetna at 800-878-1945.
Find Help in Your Department
Mason's colleges and schools have representatives who can help with the process of finding and acquiring coverage.
|College of Education & Human Development||Jackie Anderson||703-993-2003|
|College of Health and Human Services||Holly Park||703-993-9872|
|College of Humanities and Social Sciences||Sarah Fink-Youngbar||703-993-8733|
|College of Science||Ryan Wetter||703-993-5074|
|College of Visual and Performing Arts||Asma Omarzad||703-993-9773|
|School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution||Julie Shedd||703-993-3650|
|Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study||Jane Wendelin||703-993-4409|
|School of Policy, Government and International Affairs||Elizabeth Eck||703-993-8225|
|Volgenau School of Engineering||Nicole Holiday||703-993-3394|
|Presidential Scholars||Akitta Robertson||703-993-8912|
For more information on the subsidy policy and procedures, contact graduate program coordinator Akitta Robertson at 703-993-8912.
Other Health Care Options
Student Health Services provides health care, counseling, health education and prevention services to Mason students through clinics at the Fairfax, Arlington, and Science and Technology campuses. The clinics are accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
All currently enrolled students are eligible to receive care at SHS facilities, and there is no charge to be seen by a health care provider. There are fees for lab tests, medications, supplies, physical exams, procedures, and some office visits. For more information, call 703-993-2831.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are graduating in the fall and meet all eligibility requirements, you can enroll in the subsidy for that fall semester’s coverage only. You may choose to re-enroll the following spring to continue your coverage through the university for the remainder of that year’s health insurance coverage at your own expense. If you apply to graduate in the fall semester after having enrolled for a full year of the subsidy, you will receive the subsidy for that fall semester’s coverage only.
No. However, your waiver or grant must cover enough credits to support your full-time course load. Check the catalog for the definition of full-time.
The same health insurance plan and subsidy are available.
Yes. Speak with your current provider and with Aetna Student Health if you have specific coverage questions.
No. eligible students must be assigned to a graduate assistantship.
Yes. However, you must pay for dependent insurance coverage.
If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will only have to cover co-payments for doctor visits, prescriptions, etc.
No. The subsidy is non-transferable and non-refundable. Unused subsidies cannot be refunded for their equivalent value.
The university will make Aetna Student Health aware of students’ eligibility weekly on Fridays during online enrollment periods. To allow for processing time, wait seven working days after returning your signed offer letter to enroll online. Be sure that you're enrolled online with Aetna Student Health by the enrollment deadline (regardless of when you returned your signed offer letter). When eligible students enroll online, their accounts should show a balance of $0.00. If you don't see that, contact your Unit Representative before completing your online enrollment.
No. you must enroll during the two online enrollment periods (fall and spring). You might be able to enroll in the non-subsidy plan at your own expense; contact Student Health Services at 703-993-2831 for details.