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Health Insurance Information for Fellows

Full-time graduate students supported by University Fellowships (UF), Dean’s Fellowships (DF), or prestigious external fellowships may be eligible to receive a reimbursement of one-half of the annual UnitedHealthcare (UHC) insurance premium for individual coverage as offered via FirstStudent.com.  UF/DF Fellows who receive an annual stipend of at least $15,000 in a given year will be eligible to request the health insurance subsidy. Family health insurance is not covered.

The UHC plan must be purchased prior to submitting a request for reimbursement to the Graduate School. The Health Insurance Reimbursement Request Form can be found in the Students section.

UF/DF fellows must provide a Health Insurance Reimbursement Request Form, proof of payment, and copy of insurance card. Holders of prestigious external fellowships also must present a copy of the fellowship MOU or contract.  Request forms should be sent to Barbara Ferguson in the Graduate School, 2123 Lee Building.

McNair Graduate Fellows are entitled to full reimbursement of the annual UHC insurance premium for individual coverage during their first year as a fellow.  Family health insurance is not covered. The Health Insurance Reimbursement Request Form should be sent to Barbara Ferguson (baf@umd.edu) in the Graduate School, 2123 Lee Building. 

Wylie Dissertation Fellows and Lee Thornton Fellows are entitled to a sum of up to $1,000.00, in addition to their stipend, for the cost of the health insurance premium for one semester of individual coverage.  Please complete the Health Insurance Reimbursement Request Form.

The following graduate fellows are not eligible for this subsidy:

  • Fellows holding internal fellowships other than University or Dean’s Fellowships;
  • Fellows holding half or full-time assistantships entitling them to employee health insurance benefits; and
  • Fellows who are part-time students.

UnitedHealthcare offers online enrollment at firststudent.com