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The University works hard to provide eligible students access to high-quality health plans at minimal cost to the student. The Office of Student Health Benefits offers simple, affordable healthcare plans designed to meet the unique needs of students and their dependents.
Students have been known to switch from a parent or spouse’s plan to the Student Health Benefit Plan to save money or to receive higher quality benefits. In some cases the cost of a parent’s plan, exceeds the cost of a University-sponsored plan, or the coverage just isn’t as complete.
All students who are 1) admitted to a degree program, and 2) registered for six or more credits per semester (or three or more credits during summer term) that count towards the automatic assessment of the Student Services Fee, are required by the University of Minnesota to have health plan coverage. Students who meet both of these criteria are automatically enrolled in the University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan. By requiring students to have health plan coverage, the University ensures all students have access to medical care and can maintain good health, which is essential for academic success. Students may choose to waive the University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan by providing proof of enrollment in an alternative Eligible Health Plan.
**Non-degree-seeking students: If you are a non-degree-seeking student, you are not required to carry health insurance and are not eligible to enroll in the University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan.
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