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  • Waiver and Deadlines

    Students who have comparable medical and mental health coverage under another insurance plan can waive participation in the student health insurance plan by completing an online waiver form. In order to have the Student Health Insurance Fee waived from your billing statement, your completed online waiver form must be submitted by October 2, 2015, for the fall semester or by February 26, 2016, for the spring semester if you were not registered in the fall.

    • Undergraduate students who are registered for six (6) or more credits, including ESL + Design and ESL + Music, are required to pay the Student Health Services Fee regardless of their place of study, including online only, study abroad, and visiting students.
    • All graduate students and undergraduate students who are registered for five (5) or fewer credits can waive participation in both Student Health Services and the student health insurance plan. However, if you participate in the student health insurance plan, you will be required to participate in Student Health Services.
    • Students can waive the student health insurance plan only by demonstrating that they already have comparable medical and mental health insurance. Students who waive the Health Fee(s) in the fall semester will have the fee automatically waived for the spring semester the day after they register for classes. No action is necessary.
    • An online waiver form must be completed every fall semester. New students admitted for the spring semester need to complete this form before the spring deadline and again in the fall for the following academic year.
    • Absolutely no online waiver forms will be accepted after the semester deadlines. If you do not submit the online waiver form by the deadline, you are responsible for payment of the Health Fee(s).
    • Students who use the insurance at any time are obligated to remain enrolled for the policy year. If an online waiver form is submitted and the insurance has been used, the Health Fee(s) will be added back onto a student's account immediately. If the student health insurance plan is used in the fall semester, the spring insurance fee cannot be waived and the student will be required to remain enrolled in the plan for the full plan year if the student is still eligible for student health insurance coverage in the spring.
    • Students can complete and submit the 2015-2016 online waiver form by clicking on the link below.

    Please note that it is your responsibility to check your student account using MyNewSchool Online Services approximately two (2) business days after submitting the online waiver form to verify that the appropriate credit appears on your student account. Student Health Services and Student Health Insurance fees are not applied to and/or waived from your student account until one to two days after you have registered for classes.

    Late Waivers and Missed Deadlines

    The New School sets waiver deadlines in order to comply with its obligations to Aetna Student Health. Therefore, if you do not submit the online waiver form by the appropriate deadline, the Health Fee(s) will remain on your account and you will be responsible for payment of the fee(s). Absolutely no refunds will be made for Student Health Insurance or Student Health Services after the semester deadline.

    If you miss the fall semester waiver deadline, you cannot waive the Health Fee(s) for the fall semester. You can, however, choose to waive the Health Fee(s) for the spring semester at the time you register, provided you meet the following criteria:

    • You provide proof of comparable coverage at the time you are waiving the fee online.
    • Neither you nor any provider (e.g., doctor, lab, or pharmacy) have submitted any claims on your behalf under the Student Health Insurance Plan during the fall term of coverage (August 20, 2015–January 14, 2016).
    • You submit the online waiver form before the spring waiver deadline.

    If you miss the spring waiver deadline, you cannot waive the Health Fee(s) for the spring semester. You can, however, choose to waive the Health Fee(s) for the fall 2016 semester by submitting an online waiver form by the appropriate date.

    It is ultimately students' responsibility to review their accounts to verify that all charges are accurate. Students are responsible for verifying that the charge(s) is waived after an online waiver form has been submitted. Students can monitor their accounts through my.newschool.edu (click on Electronic Bills, View Account Activity).

    What are the important deadlines?

    Online waivers for the Aetna Accident and Sickness Student Insurance Plan will be accepted only until the following semester deadlines:

    Fall 2015

    • October 2, 2015

    Spring 2016

    • February 26, 2016

    Under certain circumstances, students can appeal the waiver deadline. Visit www.universityhealthplans.com (select the New School link) or contact University Health Plans at 800.437.6448 for more information. Deadlines for submitting a formal appeal are as follows:

    Fall 2015

    • November 6, 2015

    Spring 2016

    • April 1, 2016