University Health Plans (UHP)  is the administrator of the AIC Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).


Waive / Enroll  &

Online Insurance Card

Waiver and Enrollments for the Fall 2024 will be available on June 1st

The Fall 2024 Student Health Insurance Plan will open for Enrollment and Waivers on June 1, 2024

AIC works with University Health Plans (UHP) to administer the Student Health Plan as required by the State of Massachusetts. 

Based on your program of student and the number of credits you are registered in you will be considered as either Required or Not Required to Participate in the Student Health Insurance Program.

Required to Participate:

  • All Students who are Required To Participate in the Student Health Plan are automatically charged the Student Health Plan fee once they meet the participation requirements during the applicable enrollment period (see Rates and Timelines)
    • AIC submits eligible students rosters to UHP twice a week. This enables students to complete the waiver or enrollment processes.
    • Action Item: Must Either WAIVE the Coverage or ENROLL in the plan
      • ENROLL: Being charged for the insurance on your student bill does NOT mean that you have been enrolled.   Students must complete the enrollment process to activate the insurance and start the process to receive an insurance card. It can take up to 10 business days for a card to be processed. Initial card processing begins mid-July. (see notes). 
      • WAIVE: MUST complete a waiver showing proof of comparable coverage once every year in order to have the fee reversed (by posted deadlines)
      • Please allow 2-4 business days for your waiver or enrollment to be processed at AIC after it is completed. If you enrolled in the insurance, it may take an additional 3-7 business days for your insurance card to be available.
  • Students who do neither will be enrolled in the plan by AIC as of the automatic enrollment date listed for the appropriate semester

Enrollment Notes:

  1. Athletes must complete this process before they arrive for the semester
  2. International Students are automatically enrolled and do not need to complete the enrollment form (if required to participate). Enrollment it is typically initiated mid June or within 3-5 business days from the date you are registered for the semester (whichever is later). It will then take up to 10 business days for your ID card to available.

Special Notices:

  • Spring Termination Request: Students who meet the following conditions may request to opt-out of the Spring portion of the Student Health Insurance and have the Student Health Insurance fee reduced. 
    1. You will not be attending American International College during Spring semester OR
    2. You have obtained coverage through MassHealth or a subsidized Commonwealth Connector plan that is effective on or before Jan 1st

Students who are NOT Required To Participate:

  1. Are eligible to purchase the student health insurance on a voluntary basis

Brief Overview of Comparable Coverage for Minimum Benefit Guidelines:

  • Access to Care: Your health insurance plan must provide comparable coverage in the Springfield, Massachusetts area in order to be used for a waiver.
  • Athletes: who need the student health insurance MUST enroll in or waive the insurance PRIOR TO participating in athletic practices or events. We suggest completing the enrollment at least 10 days in advance.
  • Disallowed Health Insurance Plans: Coverage cannot be waived using the following plans:
    • Massachusetts: Health Safety Net, MassHealth Limited, the Children’s Medical Security Program
    • Out-Of-State: Medicaid plans   (except HuskyHealth)
  • International Students: Are automatically enrolled if they are in a program of study that requires them to participate or if they are a student athlete
  • Processing Time for a Waiver or enrollment: Normally within 3 to 10 business days.
  • Student Under the age of 18: Waiver requests must be confirmed by a parent or guardian.
Use the following grid to determine whether the plan you’re considering is comparable to the Student Insurance Plan. Your plan must be compliant with Massachusetts regulations and the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA). It is your responsibility to review your plan and talk to your insurance agent about any questions you have on your plan.
If your plan doesn’t meet, at a minimum, the following requirements, you cannot waive the Student Health Insurance Plan.


My Plan

Minimum Health Insurance Plan Comparable Coverage Requirements



1. A network of doctors, specialists, and hospitals within 30 miles of the AIC campus in Springfield, MA (local area) effective from the beginning of the period of enrollment. All coverage requirements listed in items 3 through 12 must be available within the local area.



2. An insurance company whose home office is based in the United States and whose plan is filed and approved in the US, and compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).



3. An unlimited plan maximum benefit. This means no maximum benefit per illness or injury per coverage period or per lifetime



4. Immediate Coverage for Pre-existing Conditions; no waiting period for services [In addition to looking at what’s covered, check the list of exclusions and limitations].



5. Emergency Services Coverage – no limits on coverage



6. Maternity Coverage and Coverage for Newborns  - no limit on coverage



7. Mental Health/Substance Abuse, no limits outpatient or inpatient – no dollar limits or days of treatment limits



8. Pharmacy Benefits  - no maximum dollar amount



9. Preventive Care and Primary Care Services
    This means coverage for routine physicals, physician visits exams, gynecological exams, coverage for preventive lab tests, preventive immunizations and vaccinations.



10. Surgical services – no maximum dollar amount



11. Hospitalization Benefits – no maximum dollar amount or limit to number of days



12. Ambulatory Patient Services – no maximum dollar amount



If you answered “NO” to any question (1-12) then your plan is not comparable

13. Do you have Massachusetts Health Safety Net, MassHealth Limited, or The Children’s Medical Security Program?



14. Do you have an out-of-state Medicaid Plan other than Connecticut Husky Health*?
    *Connecticut Husky Health is considered comparable coverage. Please answer "No" to this question on the waiver form if you have Husky Health.



15. Do you have a plan that you purchase on a month-to-month basis?



If you answered “YES” to questions (13 , 14 or 15) then your plan is not comparable


UHP Phone: 1-833-251-1746

UHP Email:

Plan Benefit/Policy:


AIC Phone: 413-205-3254

AIC Email:

2024-2025 Year




Spring Only*

Fall Only*





Period of Enrollment:

8/1/2024 to 7/31/2025

01/01/2025 to 07/31/2025

08/01/2024 to 12/31/2024


Insurance Company:

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)

Insurance Agent:

University Health Plans

*Enrollment is on an ANNUAL basis.

  • The Spring rate is applied only to students who begin attendance in the Spring 2024 semester.
  • The Fall only rate can be applied for on an exception basis for students who withdraw from the College as of the end of the Fall semester.
  • See the FAQ’s for additional information.


Waive/Enrollment Dates

Fall 2024

Spring 2025

Online Form to Enroll or Waive Opens On:

June 1, 2024

December 1, 2024

Due Date for Enrollments/Waivers:

August 1, 2024

January 7, 2025

Late Enrollment/ Late Waiver Period:

August 2, 2024 to
Sept. 25, 2024

January 8, 2025 to
February 19, 2025

Automatic Enrollment:
All students who are required to participate in the student health insurance plan who have not either enrolled or waived will be automatically enrolled in the AIC student health insurance plan. Students may then submit a petition to request a waiver until the stated deadline.

Sept. 26, 2024

February 20, 2025

Petition to Waive Period:
When this period  has ended the student health insurance fee is set for the period and is non-refundable. 

Sept. 26, 2024 to
October 16, 2024

February 20, 2025 to
March 11, 2025

Cancel Coverage:
  • Enrollment is on an ANNUAL basis. The coverage CANNOT be cancelled once you are enrolled unless you qualify for one of the few exceptions. Contact Student Accounts for details.
  • Exception #1: If you enrolled in the insurance in the Fall semester but do not return to AIC for the Spring semester, you may request to terminate the coverage and have the premium pro-rated. Please contact University Health Plans for additional information and deadlines.
  • Exception #2: If you obtain coverage through MassHealth mid year (prior to 1/1), provide the appropriate documentation and complete the Spring Termination Request form then the insurance may be pro-rated.

Policy and Benefit Information: You may view the policy and benefit information at University Health Plans.

Qualifying Event: If you have a qualifying event, you may request to be added to the AIC Student Health Insurance Plan mid-year. Please contact University Health Plans for details.

Who is Required to Participate?

Note: Will be Charged the Premium and MUST Waive or Enroll



All Student Athletes



ALL Undergraduate Students registered in 9 or more credits


Exemption: Students who are solely in online courses are NOT required to participate (example: RN to BSN students)



Graduate Students in the following Majors:


Clinical Mental Health: In-Person

Clinical Psychology (MA)

Exercise Science (MS)


General Psychology (MA/CERT)

Forensic Psychology (MS)

Occupational Therapy (MSOT)

Public Health (Master)



Doctoral Students in the Following Majors:


EdD Educational Psychology

EdD Mental Health Counseling: In-Person


EdD Mental Health & Human Development: In-Person

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)



Note: International Students (F1 VISA) will automatically be enrolled and may not waive.


Who is NOT Required to Participate?


* Not Charged, Enrollment via Request Only

* If you are a student athlete in one of the programs listed- You

   are required to participate





RN to BSN students

Online only students

Undergraduate students who are registered for less than 9 credits as of the end of the add/drop period.




Graduate Students


Business Administration (MBA/CERT)

Clinical Mental Health: Online

Counseling Psychology (Trimester)


Cannabis Science & Commerce (MS)

Criminal Justice (MS)

Criminal Justice Certificates


Family Nurse Practitioner (MS-FNP)

Nursing (MSN)




Doctoral Students:


EdD Mental Health Counseling: Online

EdD Mental Health & Human Development: Online


Doctor of Education (EDD) (Trimester)

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Massachusetts Regulation:

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts mandates  that all matriculated full-time  and three-quarter-time students  attending  an institution of higher  education  in this state who are not enrolled solely in short term courses or in an online program must  be enrolled  in a qualifying  Student  Health  Plan that  meets  established minimum benefit guidelines.