Annual NU-SHIP Enrollment / Waiver Process

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NU-SHIP Open Enrollment Periods: 2019-2020 Academic Year

Fall Quarter: July 1 thru October 1, 2019

All degree-seeking Northwestern students must have comprehensive health insurance. To this end, all degree-seeking students* are defaulted each year into the Northwestern University Student Health Insurance Plan (NU-SHIP).

*Most students in the School of Professional Studies are exempt from this requirement. Those in the Accelerated Masters in Public Policy and Administration are required to make a selection.

Per University policy, international students – students holding a J-1 or F-1 U.S. visa – are required to confirm enrollment in the NU-SHIP for the entire time they are studying at Northwestern.

Students who have alternate insurance coverage must waive their NU-SHIP enrollment online in CAESAR during their applicable open enrollment period. If you fail to waive by the deadline you will remain enrolled in the NU-SHIP for the remainder of the academic year, and you will be responsible for the relevant premium charge billed to your student account. However, if you reach out to our office within 4 weeks of your open enrollment deadline, we can process a waiver administratively and apply a $100 late waiver penalty to your student account.

Step by Step Instructions

Click here to find screenshots with step-by-step instructions to help you navigate the Student Health Insurance Selection process in CAESAR – whether you intend to confirm or waive your NU-SHIP enrollment for the academic year.