Student Insurance Key Information

Do I need a referral to see a provider off campus?

All care begins on campus at either Medical Services or Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS). You will need a referral from these departments before seeing an off-campus medical or mental health provider.

You can schedule an appointment via the Patient Portal or by calling Medical Services at 212-854-7426  or CPS at 212-854-2878.

For more information regarding referrals, view referral requirements and exceptions on our website.


Where can I find my insurance card?

Once your plan is active, you can view and print your insurance card on the Aetna Student Health website using your UNI and date of birth. 

Physical ID cards are mailed upon request. Please call Aetna Customer Service for assistance at 800-859-8471.


When can I enroll?

New incoming Summer 2024 students: May 1 - June 30, 2024

New and continuing Fall 2024 students: July 15 - September 30, 2024


How do I enroll in the Columbia Plan? 

Log in to the Patient Portal and click on the “Medical Clearances/Insurance Enrollment” tab found on the left-hand side. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and follow the enrollment instructions (step-by-step instructions available).

Your plan will become active within 5-7 business days once you have registered for class* and have been billed tuition.

* Including the Residence Unit, if applicable


How do I enroll dependents in the plan? 

After you have confirmed enrollment in the plan, submit the Dependent Enrollment Form to the Patient Portal. The form can be found under the “Downloadable Forms” tab.

Students enrolling a spouse or partner for the first time need to submit a Marriage Certificate or Certificate of Domestic Partnership.

See step-by-step instructions for how to enroll dependents.


How much is the insurance premium? 

Premium information can be found on the About the Columbia Student Insurance Plan page on our website:


Are dental and vision coverage included in the Columbia Plan?  

Adult dental coverage is limited to the removal of impacted wisdom teeth and services due to accidental injury to natural teeth*.

* Specifically, sound and healthy, natural teeth: teeth that are functioning in the mouth; that are organic and formed by natural development of the body (not artificial or manufactured); and are predisposed to injury due to extensive restoration, disease, or decay.

Adult vision services are covered when related to a medical condition/diagnosis.

Pediatric dental and vision coverage is available.

In addition, students have access to Dental and Vision Discounts.

Voluntary plans for dental and vision coverage are also available. Learn more about the voluntary plans on the Voluntary Dental and Vision page. For enrollment deadlines, see open enrollment periods outlined above.  

For assistance with the voluntary dental plan, call 877-238-6200 and reference Policy Number 696730. For the voluntary vision plan call 877-973-3238 and reference Group ID 1022457.


How do I submit a claim for reimbursement?

Follow these instructions to submit claims to Aetna.