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Student Health and Insurance at NYU

New York University values the health of its students and is committed to offering all students access to quality healthcare and affordable health insurance plans to protect against financial hardships that may result from high healthcare expenses.

While most undergraduate and graduate students are in good health and face few serious illnesses while in school, medical and psychological issues can arise at any time, sometimes without warning. There are also certain health concerns that may become apparent for the first time in early adulthood.

The high cost of healthcare in the United States presents a potentially serious financial risk to students. The absence of adequate insurance coverage can result in temporary or permanent interruption of your education; therefore NYU requires that all students registered in degree-granting programs maintain health insurance. 

Most students are automatically enrolled in an NYU sponsored student health insurance plan (NYU sponsored plan) as part of the course registration process. Students who maintain alternate health insurance coverage that meets the University’s minimum health insurance criteria may waive these plans entirely

This guide has been prepared to help you understand the services available at the Student Health Center (SHC); the benefits and levels of coverage the NYU sponsored plans offer; and how they work together

Health Services for All Matriculated Students

Whether enrolled in an NYU sponsored plan or maintaining alternate health insurance coverage, all matriculated NYU students have access to comprehensive services at both SHC locations.

The SHC offers appointment-based and walk-in medical and counseling services, many at no cost or very reduced cost regardless of insurance coverage including:

  • primary care and women’s health office visits*
  • some commonly performed laboratory tests
  • short-term counseling
  • wellness and health education services
  • starter doses of common medication

*    There are fees for some procedures and laboratory tests that may be performed during these visits. There are also fees for evaluation and procedures performed by an SHC physician specialist.

Our mission is to enhance the health and well-being of NYU students in support of their academic success.

The SHC is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, placing it among the top university health centers in the country.

Whether your needs involve routine or acute medical care, counseling, education about a specific wellness issue, prescriptions, or eyewear, the SHC staff provides quality, caring, and confidential service.

We encourage you to make appointments whenever possible and carry your NYU ID and health insurance card at all times.

The SHC is an in-network provider for the NYU sponsored plans as well as United Healthcare commercial products and the Oxford Freedom and Liberty networks. However, the SHC is out-of-network for all other insurance plans

See this chart for a sample list of SHC services. For a more comprehensive and detailed list, visit www.nyu.edu/health. All matriculated students also have access to treatment of dental emergencies (sudden onset of bleeding, swelling, pain, etc.) at no cost. See the Emergencies section on the inside front cover of this brochure for more information.