Who is eligible to request a waiver to opt-out of the Graduate Student Health Insurance Program (GSHIP)?
This waiver request form is for domestic graduate students who are included in the mandatory group (GA/GRA/GTAs) and wish to opt-out of coverage due to having an existing health insurance policy of equal or greater coverage.
Who is NOT eligible to request a waiver?
International students that carry a J visa must contact the insurance office at firstname.lastname@example.org to complete a waiver form. Some international students that complete this online waiver form will have their waiver request denied. You must be sure it is compliant with the mandatory SHIP plan by viewing the International ACA Compliant Wavier Questionnaire (PDF). All international graduate students in F or J immigration status are subject to the conditions of the Mandatory International Student and Scholar health insurance plan; check with the Office of International Programs at email@example.com for any questions or concerns.
How does the waiver work?
Domestic GA/GTA/GRA students who fall under the mandatory coverage requirement may waive out of this policy only by providing evidence of equal or greater coverage than the entirety of the AU policy. Waiver requests to opt-out of the GSHIP received due to insurance purchased through healthcare.gov must be of gold standard or higher in order to be accepted for processing.
What are the deadlines to submit a waiver request to opt-out?
How will I know if my waiver request to opt-out is approved?
After selecting the ‘Submit Waiver’ button, the student will receive an on-screen confirmation. Additionally, an auto-generated email will advise the student that they have completed the waiver submission and to allow a reasonable timeframe for the verification process.
Please allow seven business days for Auburn University to receive this information from BCBS of AL, process this waiver, and reverse the charge on the student’s e-bill for the GSHIP premiums.
How do I request a waiver to opt out of the GSHIP?
Please contact the Graduate Student Health Insurance Office at 334-844-4506 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any help with the waiver/opting out.
Last modified: July 17, 2023