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If you need health insurance, please consider this plan, which was developed with students' needs in mind.

Enrollment for the annual coverage period is now closed. Enrollment for the next coverage period, with coverage dates 1/1/21 to 8/23/21, will being mid-December 2020 and end January 31, 2021. The cost for an individual student will be $1,155.

To save money on health care, currently enrolled U-M students on the Ann Arbor campus should visit UHS first.

To enroll online, go to BCN U-M Student Health Plan.

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Did you recently graduate from U-M? Special eligibility for academic year 2019-20 U-M graduates

Due to the COVID crisis, the 2020-21 U-M Domestic Student Health Insurance Plan (DSHIP) is available to U-M alumni who graduated during the 2019-20 academic year.

Why buy this health insurance plan?

  • It's a low-priced, voluntary plan available to all U-M students through Blue Care Network of Michigan
  • The annual purchase price is $1796, with an annual deductible of $100 for in-network care and $100 for out-of-network care
  • It provides coverage throughout the U.S.
  • It complies with the Affordable Care Act, with coverage comparable to a "platinum" plan on the Health Insurance Marketplace
  • The plan sponsored by the University of Michigan


  • ​Prescription drug coverage
  • Clinic visits
  • Mental health
  • Annual vision exam
  • Hospitalization
  • Emergency room visits
  • Ambulance service
  • Limited dental coverage
  • And more

Who can enroll (eligibility)?

This plan is available to:

  • U-M students, including undocumented students, who are enrolled in classes or between semesters (e.g. during spring/summer session) at the Ann Arbor, Dearborn or Flint campuses, including:
    • U-M degree-seeking students who are taking their classes on-line or remotely are eligible. Students who are taking “series,” “MOOCs” or “teach-outs” are not eligible.
    • Graduate and doctoral students who are completing graduation requirements (writing thesis, preparing dissertation, studying for prelims, studying abroad on detatched study, pre-doctoral candidates, etc.) are eligible.
    • International students, students with dual citizenship and international scholars who are ineligible for International Student and Scholar Health Insurance Plan are eligible.
    • U-M students who took classes during the 2019-20 academic year but take a leave of absence during the 2020-21 academic year are eligible to purchase the 2020-21 Plan due to the COVID crisis.
  • U-M alumni who graduated during the 2019-20 academic year are eligible for the 2020-21 Plan, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Green card holders who meet the above qualifications are eligible.
  • Spouses, domestic partners of any gender, and children (up to age 26) of all the groups listed above are eligible if the student is enrolled in the Plan.

A U-M student enrolled in the Plan who is on an approved medical leave of absence needs to have purchased the insurance prior to the event causing medical leave. Coverage for medical leave cannot extend beyond one Policy Year past the current year enrolled for classes.

After the enrollment deadlines, only those students who have involuntarily lost health insurance coverage through a Qualifying Life Event are eligible to purchase the plan, limited to within 30 days after the Qualifying Life Event. Qualifying Life Events include turning age 26 and being removed from your parent's health insurance, the birth of a baby or marriage or ending of an insurance policy.

Coverage periods, costs and payment for 2020-21 Policy Year

Coverage period: Annual
(Fall, Winter & Spring/ Summer)
(See also Annual Installment Payments directly below)
Winter & Spring/ Summer Spring/ Summer Only
Effective dates: 8/24/20 - 8/23/21 1/1/21 - 8/23/21 5/1/21 - 8/23/21
Payment deadline and end of open enrollment period: 9/30/20 1/31/21 5/31/21
Cost for student only: $1,796 $1,155 $565
Cost for student + 1 (adult or child): $3,526 $2,268 $1,111
Cost for student + 2 or more $5,256 $3,380 $1,656

Annual Installment Payments: This is available only to those who purchase the annual plan for the entire policy year. You may elect to make three annual installment payments. Premium payments for Periods 2 and 3 will AUTOMATICALLY be charged to the same form of payment used for Period 1. An email notification will be sent prior to the next payment due date. If your credit card is denied, you will be given the opportunity to provide alternative payment details, but this must be received no later than the deadline as listed below. No late enrollment is allowed.

Annual Installment Payments for 2020-21 Policy Year:

Installment payment: 1st payment: 2nd payment: 3rd payment:
Effective dates 8/24/20 - 1/31/21 2/1/21 - 5/31/21 6/1/21 - 8/23/21
Payment deadline 9/30/20 1/15/21
automatic deduction by insurer
automatic deduction by insurer
Cost for student only $790 $593 $413
Cost for student + 1 (adult or child) $1,551 $1,164 $811
Cost for student + 2 or more $2,312 $1,734 $1,210

How to enroll

Enrollment is only available during open enrollment periods, unless you have a Qualifying Life Event such as turning age 26 and being removed from your parent's health insurance, the birth of a baby or marriage or ending of an insurance policy.

Note the open enrollment deadlines: Annual 9/30/20, Winter 1/31/21, Spring/Summer 5/31/21

Eligibility for enrollment is subject to verification.

To enroll online, go to BCN U-M Student Health Plan.

After insurance has been purchased, there are no cancellations and no refunds other than:

  • A student who is receiving a U-M health insurance plan or
  • A student who is graduating and receiving health insurance through their new employer

How to obtain your insurance card

There are two ways that you can obtain your insurance card:

  1. Online after you enroll:
    1. You will receive an email that contains your BCN enrollee ID number
    2. Create an account - see How to Register for Your Online Blue Cross Member Account
    3. On your Member Page, go to “Your ID cards” then click “View or order ID cards”
  2. A physical ID card will also be mailed to your address on file with the insurance company (the address you provided when you enrolled). This address is not linked to your address in Wolverine Access.

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Student Health Insurance Committee (SHIC)

The Student Health Insurance Committee negotiates this insurance plan for students and addresses domestic student health insurance issues. Student participation is welcome.

More information

Health Insurance 101 Video explains why and how students use health insurance

Frequently Asked Questions about how to use the plan

For enrollment questions, contact Relation Insurance at:

For benefit information, see BCN U-M Student Health Plan or call 800-662-6667

UHS Managed Care/Student Insurance Office:

See also International Student and Scholar Health Insurance Plan