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.
GSSP Eligibility Summary (Checklist)
GSSP Requirements At-A-Glance (Semesters of Benefits Eligibility)
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, termination of GSSP qualifying appointment, or loss of any other GSSP eligibility requirement.
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.
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.
Health insurance coverage on the NCSU RA-TA plan typically starts on the following dates each semester. Please speak with your department Graduate Services Coordinator if you have questions about your health insurance start (or end) date.
Fall: August 16th
Spring: January 16th
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.
***Please be aware that eligibility for the NCSU RA-TA plan (GSSP eligibility) is continually assessed. If a student fails to meet any one of the below GSSP eligibility requirements, they will be terminated from coverage at the end of the closest billing cycle (runs 16th of one month to the 15th of the next). Please speak with your department Graduate Services Coordinator if you have questions about your GSSP eligibility or health insurance coverage.
(1) Full-time enrollment, at all times
(2) Active, qualifying graduate appointment
(3) Active in an on-campus master's or doctoral program
Only students that currently (actively) meet all University eligible requirements for the GSSP can be enrolled in the NCSU RA-TA health insurance plan (BCBS NC).
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 email@example.com. Please remember include your name, student ID number, effective date of requested action, and briefly document the reason for declining coverage.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember include your name, student ID number, effective date of requested action.
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.