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University Business Managers and Campus Unit Finance Leads:  The following memo was submitted to the DDD list this morning.  Please note: Form 1112.1.1f has been updated with current rates and information, so please ensure you are using the most recent copy of this form, dated  (05/05/2022).

Re: Graduate Student Health Insurance Program – Enrollment for 2022-23 and Related Issues
To: Deans, Directors, and Department Chairs
From: Suzanne Barbour, Dean, The Graduate School, Ken Pittman, Executive Director, Campus Health Services

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide information regarding the 2022-23 enrollment process for the Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan (GSHIP) as well as other pertinent information. The policy year is from August 1, 2022, through July 31, 2023.

All graduate students enrolled in at least 1 credit hour, in a degree-seeking program, and eligible to pay the student health fee at UNC-Chapel Hill are required to show evidence of an existing creditable coverage health insurance policy or enroll in the UNC System-wide Student Blue plan. GSHIP is considered a creditable policy.


GSHIP is a blanket accident and illness policy that is different than the UNC System-wide Student Blue plan. It is also separate from insurance programs for Clinical Fellows, Postdoctoral Trainees, and Postdoctoral Research Associates. Graduate students should be enrolled in the GSHIP plan through their academic programs.


Graduate students with the status of Research Assistant (RA), Teaching Assistant (TA), Fellow or Trainee are eligible for enrollment in GSHIP. In addition, and for the first time this year, external fellowship recipients who receive funds directly from organizations are eligible for GSHIP. Departments will need to enroll these students in GSHIP in the same way as students who hold RA/TA positions and be prepared to pay the premium from departmental sources.

To be eligible for the 2022-23 policy year, the minimum prescribed compensation amount for services that a student must receive is $6,500.


Each semester, graduate students enrolled in GSHIP must submit an online waiver to use their GSHIP insurance as evidence of coverage. Failure to waive out results in the student account being charged for the UNC System Health Insurance Plan. Details on the waiver process can be found on the Campus Health website. The fall waiver deadline is September 12, 2022, and the spring waiver deadline is January 31, 2023.

Cost and Policy Links

The premium cost per student for annual coverage provided through Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC is $4,740.60 per year or $395.05 per month.  This premium amount is subject to anticipated final approval from the North Carolina Department of Insurance.  The Campus Health Fee remains unchanged at $205.08 per semester ($410.16 per academic year) for fiscal year 2022-23.

The following policy, procedures, forms, and manual (see links below) provide detailed information about GSHIP. Please review all documents.

Contact Information
Issue Contact Phone Email
Process Brett Kenney, Cash Manager 919-962-1601
Process Kenyana Kimbrough, Accountant 919-962-7818
Campus Health Vicki Warwick, Insurance Associate 919-966-6599
Office of Sponsored Research Director, Post Award Services & Cash Management 919-962-4676
Online Process (Technical) Kelleigh Huggins, ITS 919-962-3607
BCBSNC Customer Service 800-579-8022
Policy Allis Rodelli, Graduate School 919-962-6617
Policy Beverly Wyrick, Graduate School 919-962-6318
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