All students are required to carry a comprehensive medical insurance plan while attending CU Boulder. CU Boulder would like students to have financial protection should they suffer a serious illness or injury during their time here. Our hope is that an insurance plan will help them through these times so that they can continue with their educational endeavors.
Students may elect health insurance coverage through:
- Anthem Gold Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) - A plan exclusively for CU students.
- Private or Personal Insurance (an individual health insurance plan through a family member, employer or government-sponsored)
Students must meet this requirement their first semester at CU Boulder and at the beginning of each academic year. Those taking six (6) or more undergraduate credit hours or one (1) or more graduate credit hours are required to complete the health insurance requirement process. Once a student is registered for their semester credits, the student will begin receiving email communications from Academic HealthPlans. These emails explain the insurance requirement and outline the process of enrolling or waiving the Anthem Gold SHIP.
All fee-paying students, regardless of their insurance plan, have full access to the services provided by Health and Wellness Services.
Please note: If you do not take action to waive or enroll by the deadline, you will be automatically enrolled in the Anthem Gold SHIP and responsible for the insurance charge. There will be no refunds granted following the deadline.
Review health insurance options and coverage requirements.
- Anthem Gold Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)
- Private or Personal Insurance
If you choose to use your own private insurance, review BuffCare supplemental coverage.
The BuffCare Program provides peace of mind by reducing out-of-pocket costs for medical services provided on campus after your primary insurance has been billed.
Open enrollment has closed for Fall 2023. The portal will reopen for those students who wish to change their selection for Spring 2024 on December 12, 2023.
If you have any questions about the student health insurance requirement, please contact the Student Health Insurance and Referrals office.