Fees and Insurance

Don't  hesitate to call! Most services are covered by your Health Services fee that you've already paid, regardless of your insurance.

The fee is a mandatory charge to all full time students, and is separate from health insurance. There is a separate fee for the Summer Health Fee  which is optional. 

Health Services Fee

The health fee assures access to primary care on campus for all students, so they can be seen on the day they choose without co-pays, deductibles, etc. Health Services does not bill any health insurance companies for any office visits to our provider staff. Health Services has an Advanced Access appointment system, offering same day appointments with medical providers 7 days a week, including evenings and weekends during the academic year.

The health fee benefits all students. Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • the primary care of staff physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nursing
  • onsite waived laboratory testing
  • an active Health Promotion department focusing on education, prevention and counseling of health, drug, alcohol, sexual assault and nutrition services.
  • an onsite RI state licensed Emergency Medical Services and ambulance which provides rapid response to on campus emergencies
  • visits to Counseling and Psychological Services, including crisis visits
  • assures compliance with all legal health requirements such as immunizations
  • student outreach programs such as free flu shots and other activities to keep the campus safe and to respond to community health issues as they arise
  • 24/7 nursing advice and on-call physician services
  • for convenience, there is onsite contracted laboratory services and a full pharmacy (separate charges apply for these services and are billed to the student health insurance).

The availability of an on campus Health Services assures confidentiality for all students, provides easy, convenient access to health care and allows for minimal disruption to student academic activities. 

Health Services Fee Schedule
Academic Year 2019-2020, per Semester $471.
Summer Fee 2019 $180.
Academic Year 2018-2019, per Semester

What is not covered?

The Health Services Fee does not cover charges for lab tests sent to diagnostic laboratories such as Lifespan, pharmacy charges, x-ray imaging, transport by any ambulance other than Brown, durable medical equipment (such as canes, crutches or braces), or any visits to providers outside of Health Services (including consultants, hospitals and surgical centers).

Health Services Fee Waiver

Waivers of the Health Services fee are available to students who meet one of the following requirements:

  • students who have been given specific permission to enroll in absentia (students not in geographic residence); traveling scholars
  • non-degree candidates other than guest students from other institutions;
  • University regular employees; special students; faculty; and faculty/staff spouses with tuition benefits.
Waiver Requests

All must be requested in writing by October 15th for 1st semester and February 15th for second. Waived students who access services will be charged the full semester fee. Submit requests to:

Undergraduate: Kristie Sullivan, Assistant Director, Operations and Administration, Health Services, Box 1928

Graduate: Ethan Bernstein, Director of Administrations and Operations at the Graduate School

Medical: email the Records and Registration Office at [email protected].

Health Insurance

In addition to the mandatory health fee, all students are required to have health insurance, either through a plan offered by the university, or through a comparable health insurance plan.  The health insurance can be waived if a student has comparable coverage through parental, personal or spousal health insurance.  The insurance is designed to cover services not covered by the health fee, such as offsite labs, pharmacy, consultant visits and hospitalizations, etc.

All students at Brown are charged for the Brown Sponsored Student Insurance Plan (SHIP). This may be waived if you are covered by a comparable plan. The Office of Insurance and Purchasing Services administers the plan and manages the insurance waiver process.

Insurance Card

Be prepared when you come to Brown and know who your health insurance company is. Bring your insurance card, or a copy, each time you come for health care and keep Health Services up to date with any changes in your coverage. 

Prescription Plan Card

Some students may also have an insurance prescription plan. Generally, this is a separate card from your insurance and you will want to bring the card or a copy of the front and the back of the card. Present the information to the pharmacy prior to having your prescription filled.