Student Insurance

The Summer 2016 enrollment/waiver period begins May 16, 2016 and continues through May 20, 2016, Census Day. All students must elect to enroll or waive once each academic year.  Waivers and enrollments are done via paper for Summer 2016.  IF YOU PREVIOUSLY WAIVED DURING THE  2015-16 ACADEMIC YEAR, YOU DO NO NEED TO WAIVE FOR SUMMER SEMESTER Students must be registered and have an active Mines email to enroll/waive.  To waive or enroll, please come to the Student Health Benefits Office, located in the W. Lloyd Wright Student Wellness Center, 1770 Elm Street, #207.  Late waivers will be accepted for 10 days after Census Day with a late waiver fee of $125. (The open enrollment/waiver period for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 have ended.)

Please note: Effective starting with the 15-16 academic year, dependent coverage will no longer be available through the Student Health Insurance Plan.


As a student currently enrolled in the Colorado School of Mines Student Health Insurance Plan, your coverage continues through August 22, 2016.  We are unable to continue coverage after this date.

(Students returning for Fall Semester 2016 can re-enroll beginning August 1 for coverage beginning August 23, 2016.)

If you need coverage after August 22, you have several options:

1.) Coverage with an employer.  If you are starting a new job that offers health insurance, check with your employer to see what you need to do and when to enroll.

2.) Coverage under parent's health insurance.  Because your SHIP coverage ends on August 22, 2016, this can be considered a qualifying event, which may allow you to obtain coverage under your parent's health insurance if you are under age 26.

3.) Explore coverage options through a reputable online source, such as:
a major health insurance carrier that offers Individual Health Insurance policies

**TO NOTE: When considering an exchange plan, specifically ask when your new health insurance coverage will start. To avoid any potential gaps in coverage if you choose a plan on or a private exchange, you may need to enroll by July 1, 2016 for a plan that will start on August 1, 2016.

Also, when enrolling with another health insurance company or through an exchange, you may be asked to provide documentation showing when prior health insurance coverage ended. Contact United HealthCare Student Resources at 866.458.4954 for a “certificate of coverage”. This will show the effective dates for the 15-16 policy year for the SHIP.  UHCSR will email or mail you this form. Please call to request a certificate of coverage (also known as a notice of termination) to use with another health insurance carrier.

As you plan ahead to ensure you have coverage after August 22, 2016, before you buy any plan, carefully review the medical and prescription drug benefits offered, the list or network of providers you can go to, and how much you should expect to pay out of your pocket in the form of deductibles, copays, or coinsurance.

If you have any questions, please contact our office by email at, by phone at 303.273.3388, or in person in Room 207 of the Wellness Center at 1770 Elm Street, Golden CO 80401.


To support the educational mission of the Colorado School of Mines and the academic success of our students by offering high quality health insurance, at a reasonable cost.

Health Insurance Requirement
Colorado School of Mines is committed to the health and well-being of all of its students. Good health is essential to academic success. The Colorado School of Mines has required students to have adequate health insurance as a condition of enrollment since 1991. No distinction is made for part-time versus full-time status. Degree-seeking U. S. Citizen and Permanent Resident students who demonstrate coverage that meets CSM requirements may waive the SHIP provided by CSM using the online enrollment/waiver system. Information on coverage requirements can be found the "MEASURE UP" page.

2015-2016 Policy Summary Information from UnitedHealthCare StudentResourcesPDF versionText only version

2015-2016 Policy Information from UnitedHealthCare StudentResourcesPDF versionText only version

2014-2015 Policy Information from UnitedHealthCare StudentResources

Annual Enrollment
A student's enrollment into the Student Health Insurance Program is an annual selection. The enrollment selection that the student chooses is binding for the entire academic year, including summer. Please review this website for eligibility, benefits (click here for Plan Years 2013-14 and before) (click here for Policy Year 2015-16) and termination information on the Mines Student Health Insurance Program.

NCAA Intercollegiate Athletes
Information about Intercollegiate Sports Coverage. NCAA Intercollegiate Athletes: See this page for coverage information.

International Students:
All International students enrolled in courses at the Colorado School of Mines are required to enroll in the SHIP. This requirement applies to all International Students (excludes International Scholars who have been awarded research, teaching or faculty appointments).
International students who have government, embassy or US-based company sponsorships may be able to waive the SHIP.  International students must waive using  a paper waiver.  Waviers need to be turned in, with a copy of your insurance card, to the Student Health Benefits Office, located in the W. Lloyd Wright Student Wellness Center, 1770 Elm Street, #207.




Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

Summary of Benefits for the SHIP

SHIP Brochure 2015-2016

Find Network Providers (Choice Plus Network) and to create a login with UHC.

Important Forms