Student Insurance Key Information

Open Enrollment

How do I enroll in the Columbia Plan? 

Students can enroll in the student health insurance plan during the current open enrollment period (July 15, 2023 through September 30, 2023). To confirm enrollment, you will need to log in to the Patient Portal and follow the enrollment instructions. Your plan will become active within 3-5 days once you have registered for classes and been billed for tuition. 


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. 


How do I enroll dependents in the plan? 

You can enroll dependents during the open enrollment period after you have confirmed enrollment in the plan via the Patient Portal. To do so, you will need to fill out and submit the Dependent Enrollment Form to the Patient Portal (available under the “Downloadable Forms” section of the Portal).  

If you are enrolling a spouse or partner for the first time, you will also need to submit a Marriage Certificate or Certificate of Domestic Partnership. 


How much is the insurance premium? 

View premium costs for individual students and student and their dependents (spouse, partners, and children) on the About the Plan page.  


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

As a member of the Columbia Plan, all care begins on-campus at Medical Services for medical care and Counseling and Psychological Services for mental health care. You will need to get a referral from these departments prior to getting services off-campus.  

You can schedule an appointment via the Patient Portal or by calling 212-854-7426 for Medical Services and 212-854-2878 for Counseling and Psychological Services. 

Learn about referral requirements and exceptions on the Referral Requirements page.  


Are dental and vision coverage included in the Columbia Plan?  

Routine dental and vision care is only included under the Columbia Plan for pediatric members (aged 18 and under). There are separate voluntary plans for dental and vision. Learn more about the voluntary plans on the Voluntary Dental and Vision page.

The Student Insurance Office does not enroll students in these plans, students must enroll on the Aetna website. Follow these step-by-step instructions for how to enroll.

Please contact Aetna Customer Service for additional coverage details at 877-238-6200. Please use the reference Group ID 696730 for the dental plan and Group ID 1022457 for the vision plan.