Things you need to know regarding the RA/TA Health Insurance Program:
  • Enrollment is now Open
  • RE-enrollment for health insurance is required each fall semester.
  • Must have an RA or TA position to be eligible.
  • Students must be enrolled full time – before I can enroll you in the RA/TA Health Insurance program (GSHIP).
  • Students must be enrolled in the GSHIP in before you will be able to waive the mandatory University policy if this is the policy covering you.
  • Waiver from the University’s Policy is NOT automatic!
  • Students are Charged $1,270 if they do not waive the University’s Policy.

Enrollment Form for 2017-18

Waiver Deadline: 11 September 2017


Difference between Mandatory Policy and GSHIP program

These are two different and separate kinds of health insurance offered to UNC-CH graduate students

GSHIP StudentBlue
  • Health Insurance provided by CS Dept. for RA’s and TA’s
  • University’s Student Health Insurance Program provided by UNC-CH for all students.
  • Cost to you:  $0.00
  • Cost/Charge:  $1,270/month
  • Enroll via Google Form
  • Waiving StudentBlue:  Verifies you are covered under another valid policy & voids out the monthly charge.




A graduate student is eligible for enrollment in the Graduate Student Health Insurance Program (GSHIP), frequently referred to as the RA/TA Health Insurance plan, and provided the following four criteria are met:

  1. The student must be registered as a full-time graduate student in good standing at the University.
  2. The student is functioning as a Research Assistant (RA), Teaching Assistant (TA), Fellow or Trainee.
  3. The student’s service and non-service appointments must be based on academically-related endeavors within an academic program/department.
  4. The student must receive a minimum prescribed compensation for services, as a Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant, or receive a fellowship or traineeship award during a policy year from an appropriate source of University funds related to their academic appointment(s). The minimum prescribed compensation is updated for each plan year.


  • Health Insurance is required by every enrolled student.
  • Students will be enrolled in the system-wide policy and charged $1,110 each semester if they do not have another creditable health insurance policy.
  • The waiver process must be completed by the September 10 for the fall semester.
  • University Policy & RA/TA (GSHIP) polices are separate plans.


Waiving the University Student Health Insurance (Student Blue)

Deadline to waive is 11 September.

  1. Enroll in GSHIP or have another credible insurance policy.
  2. Receive insurance card & policy information in the mail.
  3. Go to Waiver Page and follow the instructions/prompts

 Dependent Coverage

To enroll a Spouse, Domestic Partner or Dependent you will need:

  • Social Security Number
  • Prior insurance information (insurer, policy number and dates of coverage
  • An application – download the electronic application off the website or link is below.
  • Contact BCBS to add dependents (800-579-8022)


Helpful & Additional Information

Campus Health Services:

BCBS: or 888-351-8283.

Graduate Student Health Insurance Program Policy Statement

RA/TA (GSHIP) Insurance

Dependent Coverage Form