Dependent Coverage 2017-2018

Dependent Open Enrollment Deadlines

Dependent open enrollment is aligned with student open enrollment. Open enrollment for Northwestern students is based on the first quarter in which they are actively enrolled at the University each academic year (for most students, this is Autumn Quarter). Students must first confirm their own NU-SHIP enrollment, and then they may enroll dependents.

Incoming or returning students whose initial registration in the 2017-2018 academic year occurs in Winter, Spring or Summer Quarter, should follow the applicable open enrollment periods and deadlines below to enroll your dependent(s):

First Quarter Registered in 2016-17

Open Enrollment Period

Deadline to Enroll Dependents

Autumn Quarter 7/1/17 – 10/1/17 October 1, 2017
Winter Quarter 12/18/17 – 1/19/18 January 19, 2018
Spring Quarter 3/12/18 – 4/13/18 April 13, 2018
Summer Quarter 5/28/18 – 7/6/18 July 6, 2018

Who Can I Cover?

  • your dependent children, up to age 26
  • your spouse / same-sex domestic partner

How Do I Enroll My Dependents?

Remember: You must add dependents to your NU-SHIP coverage during your appropriate open enrollment period (see above) at the start of each new policy year.

Because dependents are not eligible to use the Northwestern University Health Service (NUHS), they are not subject to referral requirements and penalties that apply to students enrolled in the NU-SHIP.

What Does it Cost to Cover My Dependents?

2017–2018 Dependent NU-SHIP Premiums

Beginning Autumn:
Coverage 9/1/16 – 8/31/17 
Beginning Winter:
Coverage 1/1/17 – 8/31/17
Beginning Spring:
Coverage 3/27/17 – 8/31/17
Beginning Summer:
Coverage 6/19/17 – 8/31/17
Spouse / Partner $3,856 $2,567 $1,606 $718
Each Child $3,856 $2,567 $1,606 $718
Two or more children $7,712 $5,134 $3,212 $1,437

Please note: Aetna offers the option to pay for dependent coverage in quarterly installments.

For additional information, please go to Aetna's Dependent Enrollment page, enter your Student ID and date of birth, and then click on "View Plan Details" (and scroll down) to review the quarterly payment schedule.