Health Insurance

Health insurance guarantees that you can obtain necessary treatment if you develop a serious illness or injury. It also guarantees that you can obtain preventative medical services like immunizations and physical exams.

The George Washington University (GW) offers a comprehensive Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) through Aetna Student Health.

In accordance with the Affordable Care Act, some of the benefits that are offered by the GW SHIP include:

  • An unlimited lifetime maximum benefit
  • Prescription coverage after $100 deductible
  • Preventative services covered at 100% (at preferred providers)
  • Contraception covered 100% (at preferred providers)

Mandatory SHIP

ALL undergraduate students, medical, on-campus nursing, on-campus Health Science, and ALL international students holding a J1 or F1 visa are required to carry student health insurance while they study at GW. These students will be automatically enrolled in the GW SHIP. 

For more information, please review the 2020-2021 Aetna Plan Brochure.

Waive SHIP


Voluntary SHIP

All other GW students are welcome to voluntarily enroll in the Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan.

For more information, please review the 2020-2021 Aetna Plan Brochure. Click on the yellow button below to enroll.

Fall 2020 Open Enrollment

Enroll in SHIP


GA's, GRA's, and Fully-Funded Fellows

Printing Your ID Card

You can access your insurance ID card by going to the University Health Plans website and then clicking on the link "Online Insurance ID Card" on the left. You may also click on the button below:

Get ID Card