Health care expenses such as those associated with illness, accidents, or mental health care might jeopardize a student’s degree progress, or even destabilize their financial situation. Health insurance reduces potential barriers that might impact attendance, research progress, and overall success. Michigan Tech requires all international and graduate students to hold comprehensive health insurance, and U.S. citizens are required by law to maintain health insurance. All students must have proof of health insurance to confirm enrollment, without which their account will remain locked.
Given the crucial nature of health insurance for all graduate students, GSG continues to work on improvements in university-offered insurance. Recent successes increased the health insurance subsidy from 75% to 100% for fully supported graduate students and added a 25% subsidy for dependents of graduate students. Additionally, GSG has bargained and continues to bargain for an improved benefits plan with a minimal deductible, dental and vision coverage, and coordination of benefits with other providers. These improvements culminated in GSG’s multi-year sustained advocacy efforts on behalf of graduate students. Building off this momentum, GSG continues to push for more long-term gains.
At MTU, partial or full support can come from an assistantship (GTA, GRA, GA, GTI, etc.), a fellowship (finishing fellows, KCP, Fulbright, etc.), or a scholarship (including home country scholarships). Fully-supported students currently receive 100% subsidized health insurance through MTU’s United Healthcare (UHC) student plan. For the 2022-2023 academic year, the annual premium is $2,150 for an individual, and insured dependents of fully-supported students receiving a 50% subsidy are not covered by Michigan Tech. Supported graduate students are responsible for paying the full premium amount(s) when enrolling in a Dental and/or Vision plan. This year’s healthcare student plan does not cover Dental and Vision premiums.
Tuition-only (partially supported) and hourly (unsupported) students do not receive subsidized health insurance. These students may opt for MTU’s student health insurance plan or choose a different plan that suits their needs.
Graduate students should confirm health insurance requirements are met about two weeks before classes begin. Students without full support must submit an insurance waiver to confirm enrollment. Even fully-supported students, who pay $0, must confirm acceptance of university insurance by going to MyMichiganTech > Payments > Pay Insurance. Without proof of insurance, graduate students cannot pay tuition, fees and/or confirm enrollment.