Graduate Student Support Plan: Students

Graduate Student Support Plan Student Handbook - Participant students should read this handbook in order to become more familiar with the NCSU Graduate Student Support Plan. There are many eligibility guidelines of which participants need to be aware so that they may maintain their Graduate Student Support Plan benefits for the duration of an eligible semester. Tuition and health insurance financial responsibility transfers to the graduate student, if Graduate Student Support Plan eligibility is not maintained.

Break in or End of Graduate Student Support Plan Eligibility - For graduate students transitioning out of Graduate Student Support Plan eligibility, whether because of upcoming graduation or termination of qualifying appointment.

Important Dates / Deadlines - Deadlines important for Graduate Student Support Plan participants. To subscribe to the Academic Calendar for Graduate Students and add it to your Google Calandar, please visit the link below.


NCSU RA-TA Health Insurance Plan (Graduate Student Support Plan)

Only students eligible for the Graduate Student Support Plan are eligible for the NCSU RA-TA health insurance plan. Please see your department Graduate Services Coordinator if you have questions about your eligibility or coverage period.


Student Blue (BCBS of NC) is the health insurance provider for the NCSU Graduate Student Support Plan. Please contact them directly at 1-800-579-8022 regarding your health insurance benefits, dependent enrollment, and any other questions related to your health insurance policy. Please keep in mind that the Graduate School simply manages overall Graduate Student Support Plan eligibility and payment for the overall plan. The Graduate School is not involved, at all, after a student is no longer covered under the Graduate Student Support Plan.

We encourage students to register for Blue Connect once they have received their health insurance information from Student Blue (Subscriber & Group numbers). Student Blue Member Services allows participants to manage their policy online, including reviewing claims and printing a temporary card.

*If you need to retrieve your policy information (subscriber, group, pharmacy bin numbers) because you did not receive your health insurance cards or they were lost or stolen, please contact Student Blue customer service at 1-800-579-8022. The Graduate School does not keep record of individual subscriber numbers.

*Please be sure to keep your mailing address updated in MyPack Portal and with Student Blue (1-800-579-8022). Your mailing address in MyPack Portal is transmitted to Student Blue for your enrollment in the GSSP health insurance plan.

Student Blue (NCSU RA-TA) Frequently Asked Questions

Waive/Decline NCSU RA-TA Health Insurance Plan

If you wish to decline (waive) coverage on the NCSU RA-TA health insurance plan, please complete the form linked below. If the form is not working properly, please email your request to Please remember include your name, student ID number, effective date of requested action, and briefly document the reason for declining coverage.

Request Form to Decline Health Insurance Coverage on NCSU RA-TA Plan

Please remember that you also need to also waive the University Mandatory Plan (also known as the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)) if you have health insurance coverage outside of one of the university student health insurance plans.

**Please be aware that there is another Student Blue (BCBS of NC) administered plan on campus, the University Mandatory Plan (Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)). This health insurance plan option is for students ineligible for the Graduate Student Support Plan, but meet the eligibility requirements outlined on the Student Health Center website. Nonetheless, it is a plan similar in health insurance coverage to the NCSU RA-TA plan (Graduate Student Support Plan), but the student is responsible for payment and enrollment into this plan.

Withdrawing a Previous Waive/Decline Request for NCSU RA-TA Coverage

If you wish to withdraw a previously submitted/requested decline for NCSU RA-TA coverage (in other words, to be eligible for coverage again), please complete the form linked below. If the form is not working properly, please email your request to Please remember include your name, student ID number, effective date of requested action.

Withdraw Previous Waive/Decline Form


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - The Graduate School

If you have questions regarding the Graduate School, the Graduate Student Support Plan, or other issues related to your graduate studies, it is important to first contact your adviser, Director of Graduate Programs, or Graduate Services Coordinator before contacting the Graduate School. Your home department faculty, staff, and administration have more specific knowledge of your individual situation.

List of Directors of Graduate Programs
List of Program Graduate Services Coordinators

Other Useful Links:

University Cashier's Office (UCO) - Information regarding semester tuition & fees, yoru student billing account, eBilling, Payment Plans, and many other helpful resources.
Graduate Tuition - GSSP only covers “Graduate” tuition rates, no premium tuition and no fees.

Payroll Office - For Students - Information regarding direct deposit, payroll taxes, graduate assistantship (bi-weekly) payroll schedule, etc.
Payroll (For Foreign Nationals)

Office of International Services
- Information for future, new, or current international students, and scholars.

Registraton & Records
- Information regarding course registration, records (such as transcripts), semester schedule adjustments, university academic calendars (exams, enrollment, university holidays, etc.), inter-institutional studies, and much more.

Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid

Student Health Service Center
- Information regarding the health services provided to NCSU students, on-campus pharmacy, routine immunizations, online appointment scheduling, disability services, Counseling Center, and much more.