Wake Forest University is committed to the health and well-being of all of its students. Health insurance is required as a condition of enrollment for full-time, degree-seeking domestic undergraduate students in Wake Forest College; for degree-seeking domestic graduate students* in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Divinity, Schools of Business, and School of Law; and all international students with F or J visas (full information regarding eligibility can be found on the FAQ page). Undergraduate students who are degree-seeking students who only need part-time status to complete their degree are eligible for the student insurance. Students who demonstrate coverage that meets our criteria may waive the insurance provided by WFU. Information on the waiver process can be found on the Enrollment / Waivers page. *Certain part-time students are not eligible. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the course of the 2009-2010 academic year, the University engaged in an intensive study to develop a health insurance program for its student population that offered significant protections and is fully compliant with standards endorsed by the American College Health Association. Although parental health insurance is being extended to age 26 under the new federal health care reform law, this change will not significantly reduce the need for health insurance for many of our students. Employer-sponsored plans will continue to charge significant costs for dependent coverage and many do not provide coverage that is adequate to assure students have appropriate access to essential health care services. Many of our peer and sister institutions, including the entire UNC system, Duke, Stanford, and Dartmouth have similar plans.
The result of our extensive study and collaborative effort among faculty, staff, undergraduate, and graduate students is a comprehensive insurance program provided by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina. The plans highlights include: no pre-existing condition clause for students who enroll during the approved periods, no life-time plan maximum, unlimited prescription drug coverage, extensive mental health care benefits, and reasonable co-payments and coinsurance provisions. For complete plan provisions, please visit: http://www.bcbsnc.com/wfu.