Student Health Insurance

GW offers a voluntary comprehensive health insurance through Aetna Student Health.

In Accordance with the Affordable Care Act, many benefits that are offered include:

  • An unlimited lifetime maximum benefit
  • Prescription benefit coverage
  • Preventative services covered at 100% (at preferred providers)
  • Contraception covered 100% (at preferred providers)

2016-2017 Academic Year Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan Brochure

2015-2016 Academic Year Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan Brochure

IMPORTANT: ALL Medical, on-campus Nursing, on-campus Health Science, and International Students holding a J1 or F1 visa are required to carry insurance beginning in the Fall 2012. The students listed above will automatically be enrolled in Aetna Student Health Insurance plan with an option to opt-out if they have another insurance plan that meets the criteria listed below.  Waivers are only granted through the Aetna Student Health website.

Health insurance is important for students because it guarantees that you will be able to obtain necessary treatment in the event that you develop a serious illness or injury.  It also guarantees that you will be able to obtain medical preventative services from a doctor like immunizations and physical exams. Review additional coverage details.

The Spring 2017 Open Enrollment Period for registered students is December 1, 2016 - January 31, 2017

Voluntarily Enroll

Information Sheet of the 2016-2017 Aetna Student Health Insurance plan

Please visit Aetna Student Health to enroll in the plan

Graduate Assistant Students

GA Information Sheet for the 2016-2017 Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan

Please visit Aetna Student Health to enroll in the plan

Required Coverage

The following students are required to carry insurance and are automatically enrolled in the GW Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) through Aetna Student Health:

If you are part of one of these groups, you can opt-out of the SHIP plan if you have an alternate insurance plan.

Waive the Student Health Insurance Plan

If you were automatically enrolled in the SHIP plan and would like to opt-out of the coverage, follow the instructions to waive your plan. The waiver period for newly registered students for the Spring 2017 semester will begin December 1, 2016, the deadline to waive is January 31, 2017.

Waiver Criteria

Use Your Plan

If you have SHIP coverage, need to see a doctor, and are within 25 miles of campus, you should first seek treatment at the Colonial Health Center. To find providers outside of GW Student Health Service that accepts your insurance, please visit Aetna Student Health DocFind. For other situations, review your coverage details to understand your plan benefits.

Printing Your Insurance Card

INSURANCE CARDS WILL NOT BE MAILED OUT AUTOMATICALLY! Please contact Aetna Customer Service, 1-800-213-0579 to request a physical card.

All students enrolled in the Aetna Student Health Insurance will be able to print your insurance card by visiting Aetna Student Health

Steps to Printing your Insurance Card

For more information, please email ship@gwu.edu or contact Camri Henderson, 202-994-5300 option #5.