SHIP for Graduate Assistants and Graduate Research Assistants

As a GW graduate fellow, graduate assistant, or graduate research assistant receiving funding from your school or college, you may elect to participate in the GW Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) with Aetna Student Health at the listed “mandatory” student rate. You are eligible to choose this lower cost insurance option because of your role this academic year as a graduate fellow or assistant.

Based on feedback from previous assistants and fellows, for Fall 2022, we’ve simplified enrollment in the plan. You no longer have to provide proof of your graduate position or funding. Instead, you can now sign-up directly for GW SHIP through the Student Account eBill portal.

To sign-up for GW SHIP at the mandatory rate, please follow the enrollment steps below:

  1. Sign in to your Student eBill and click the “Make a Payment” button.
  2. On the payment screen, scroll down to the “Additional Items” section, and click the + button to add the GA/GRA health insurance.

      a. If you would like to pay for the insurance immediately, select the “Pay Now” radio button. (See below for payment options.)

      b. If you are a fully funded student who is eligible for a GW SHIP-related payment and/or you would like to sign up for our GRA/GA payment plan to spread your insurance payment out over the full semester, select the "Pay Later" radio button. 

If you selected “Pay Now”: Select your payment method of choice (credit card, electronic check, or your saved payment method) from the payment screen, enter your payment details as needed, and submit your payment. Once your payment is confirmed, you will see a “Student Health Insurance Chg” line item on your account details for the semester.

If you selected “Pay Later”: Review the Account Payment screen, then click the continue button to confirm your enrollment in the insurance. Once this step is complete, you will see the “Receipt” screen appear, and a “Student Health Insurance Chg” line item will be added to your account details for the semester.

Once you sign up for GW SHIP, you are retroactively covered from August 12, 2022. If you incur eligible medical expenses from August 12, 2022 until date of your enrollment, University Health Plans can assist in resubmitting claims with your provider(s). Please contact them at 1-833-251-1721 for assistance.

Please note that because graduate assistantships may change, you are required to re-enroll each semester you remain a graduate assistant by completing the above process. You may sign-up for Spring 2023 SHIP coverage via the eBill portal beginning November 23, 2022. Spring 2023 enrollment ends February 1, 2023.

Once you sign up for GW SHIP, you are retroactively covered from August 12, 2022. If you incur eligible medical expenses from August 12, 2022 until date of your enrollment, University Health Plans can assist in resubmitting claims with your provider(s). Please contact them at 1-833-251-1721 for assistance.

Fully-Funded Graduate Fellows, Graduate Assistants, and Graduate Research Assistants who have enrolled in GW SHIP (GWSPH and SMHS excluded), are eligible for a subsidy towards the cost of the plan. For the purposes of SHIP, “fully-funded” is defined as funding of at least $10,000 per semester for doctoral students, or at least $8,000 per semester for masters students.

The Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships will issue a special payment per semester enrolled (Fall and Spring) to the student account. Please contact the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships at [email protected] if you have questions about the special payment.