Beginning fall 2018, USC-Columbia students will be required to have health insurance.
This requirement applies to: undergraduates taking six hours or more and paying the student health fee, graduate students taking six hours or more, graduate students with assistantships and all international students.
(Exception: There is a small co-pay for psychiatry visits.)
Free without a co-pay.
Off-campus dental coverage for two cleanings and a set of x-rays annually. Resin fillings are also covered.
100% coverage with a $20 co-pay at Student Health Services Vision Care. Vision Care opens Spring 2018.
Co-Pay: $10 for on-campus prescriptions
Deductible: $0, waived for on-campus services
Coverage: 80% Preferred Allowance for Covered Medical Expenses
- 80% of Reasonable and Customary Costs.
- Co-pay of $20 – $100 after a $100 deductible is met.
Contraceptive prescriptions, or birth control, are included with pharmacy and prescription benefits.
Lab Work & X-Rays
Covered at 80% after $450 co-pay. Co-pay waived if you are admitted.
2018 - 2019 Annual: $2,047 ($170.58 per month)
Graduate Assistant Subsidy
Graduate assistants may receive a subsidy during the 2018-2019 academic year - check back soon for more information.
Student Health Center: $0
- 100% Coverage for Most Services ($20 co-pay)
- No Annual Deductibles
- Unlimited Maximum Benefit
- Co-Insurance 100%
- No Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion
- Most Generic Prescriptions $10 ($20 at off-campus pharmacies)
- Exceptional Mental Health Coverage
- Worldwide Coverage
- Travel Guard
- Preventive Services (screenings and exams)
Comparison to Other Insurance Plans
The university-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan through BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is considered a Gold Plan in the insurance marketplace. A comparable plan purchased somewhere else would cost more than $350 per month, while we offer the plan for $170 per month.
On-Campus Services More Cost Effective
On-campus services are more cost-effective with the Student Health Insurance Plan, since most of them are covered at 100%.
Consider Availability of Local In-Network Providers
If your health insurance plan only has in-network providers in your home state, your out-of-pocket health care costs may be much higher while you're in South Carolina.
Waiving Out of Student Health Insurance
To turn down the university-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan, you must provide
documentation of comparable insurance coverage and submit an online waiver.
2018-2019 Student Health Insurance Site will open June 25. Check back soon for more information.
Common Health Plan Concerns
Coverage While Studying Abroad
You're covered by the university sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan while you're abroad. Some study abroad coverage may require additional coverage.
Travel Guard provides 24-hour coverage to assist with travel issues including medical services such as:
- Medical Referrals
- Inpatient and Outpatient Assistance
- Medical Transport
Signing Up for Insurance During the School Year
You can sign up for the university-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan during the year if you have a qualifying life event.
- Disqualification from parents' health plan due to age.
- Losing private insurance through loss of employment or divorce.
You must provide proof that you lost insurance through another group by providing a certificate and letter of ineligibility with 30 days of the event.
Enrolling Spouses, Domestic Partners and Children
You can enroll spouses, domestic partners and dependent children in your plan. You will be charged for their coverage separately, and not through your student account.
Financial Aid and Health Insurance
If proof of insurance is required as a condition of your enrollment, you can request additional funds for your health insurance premium amount.
Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships at 803-777-8134.
Coverage After Graduation
- August 1 to December 31
- January 1 to July 31
You will remain covered after graduation until your coverage period ends.