Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

We support the educational mission of Colorado School of Mines and the academic success of our students by offering high-quality health insurance at a reasonable cost.

Health Insurance for Students

Colorado School of Mines is committed to the health and well-being of all of its students. Good health is essential to academic success which is why we provide health care coverage to all enrolled degree seeking domestic students, and all international students, regardless of degree status.

Coverage requirements and option to waive insurance
Mines requires all students to have adequate health insurance as a condition of enrollment. No distinction is made for part-time versus full-time status. Degree-seeking U.S. citizens and permanent resident students who demonstrate coverage that meets Mines’ requirements may waive the health insurance provided by Mines using the online enrollment/waiver system. Information on coverage requirements can be found the Measure Up page.

Annual Enrollment or Waiver Required

A student’s enrollment into the Student Health Insurance Program is an annual selection. The enrollment selection that the student chooses is binding for the entire academic year, including summer. Please review this website for eligibility, benefits and termination information on the Mines Student Health Insurance Program.

Unless otherwise specified in the current brochure, the following students, as a condition of enrollment, must have health insurance that meets or exceeds Mines’ coverage requirements:

  • All degree-seeking students, regardless of credit hours.
  • All International Students (F and J visas), regardless of degree-seeking status, must purchase the SHIP, unless they meet specific requirements to waive.

Contact Us

Kathy Ebeling
Student Health Benefit Plan Coordinator
Student Wellness Center, #207

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Rates for the 2018-19 Academic Year

(Coverage through National Guardian Life-Cigna PPO Network)

  • Annual  $2400 (billed $1200 Fall and $1200 Spring Semester–coverage 8/1/18-8/1/19)
  • Spring/Summer 2019 $1400 (coverage 1/1/19-8/1/19)
  • Summer 1/2019 $533 (coverage 5/13/19 to 8/1/19)
  • Summer 2/2019  $258 (coverage 6/24/19 to 8/1/19)

Eligibility Information

All degree-seeking U.S. Citizen and Permanent Resident students who are enrolled towards a bachelor’s, masters’, professional or doctoral degree at Colorado School of Mines. Includes domestic students enrolled in the Masters of Science Degree in Mineral and Energy Economics at Mines and the Diplôme d’Ingénieur in Petroleum Economics and Management from IFP. Eligibility begins with enrollment in any course towards a degree. The following U.S. Citizen and Permanent Resident students are not eligible:


  • Courses taken as audit
  • Courses taken as non-degree
  • Individuals taking courses in Special Programs and Continuing Education (SPACE)
All International students enrolled in courses at Colorado School of Mines are required to enroll in the SHIP. This requirement applies to all International Students (excludes International Scholars who have been awarded research, teaching or faculty appointments). All international students, regardless of degree seeking status (J and F visas) are eligible for the SHIP Includes international students enrolled in the Masters of Science Degree in Mineral and Energy Economics at Mines and the Diplôme d’Ingénieur in Petroleum Economics and Management from IFP.


  • Excludes international students enrolled for a course at Mines, where another institution holds the visa.
  • Excludes International Scholars who have been awarded research, teaching or faculty appointments.
  • International students who have government, embassy or U.S.-based company sponsorships may be able to waive the SHIP.
Colorado School of Mines no longer offers dependent coverage. Visit the Colorado Health Insurance Exchange:

Students participating in Intercollegiate Sports must have insurance coverage that meets NCAA requirements. NCAA athletes must demonstrate that they have this level of coverage in order to waive the Mines Student Health Insurance Plan. Student athletes who enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan will automatically be enrolled in the Intercollegiate Sports Plan, at no additional cost.

The following groups of students are not eligible for the SHIP:

  • Students not meeting either of the conditions stated above
  • Non-degree U.S. Citizens and permanent residents regardless of credit hours enrolled
  • Students failing to make sufficient academic progress towards a degree as defined by the Colorado School of Mines,
  • Students found to be enrolled in a degree program at CSM only for the purposes of obtaining health insurance coverage.
  • Students enrolled at another local college and are secondarily enrolled in a course or courses at CSM through a reciprocity agreement.
Health insurance verification: 1095-B Tax Form

The 1095-B Tax Form: Your unique health insurance verification

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes a requirement that many people have health insurance or pay a penalty. Compliance with this mandate is administered by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).* The IRS requires health insurance companies to report the individuals they covered per tax year. The reports need to include Social Security Numbers (SSN) or International Tax Identification Numbers (ITIN) to distinguish unique individuals. Insurance companies are also required to give individuals a copy of what they have reported, in the form of a tax form called 1095B. *Information on this page should not be considered tax advice or guidance.

To print your 1095B form:

UnitedHealthcare Student Resources is the current provider for coverage. To confirm your information, visit and log in or create your MyAccount.

  1. Once logged in, use the left navigation bar to navigate to the Tax Information, My Personal Information, and Email Preferences areas to enter and/or confirm the following information: Name; SSN or ITIN; Date of Birth; Mailing Address; Email Address.
  2. Under Tax Information, you can select electronic or paper delivery of your 1095B.  You may also print your 1095B. UHCSR contact information: 866-458-4954. Please note that customer service representatives will not be able to collect your Social Security Number over the phone.
Coverage after graduation

If you need coverage after graduation, you have several options:

  1. Coverage with an employer.  If you are starting a new job that offers health insurance, check with your employer to see what you need to do and when to enroll.

  2. Coverage under parent's health insurance.  Because your SHIP coverage ends on August 20,  2017, this can be considered a qualifying event, which may allow you to obtain coverage under your parent's health insurance if you are under age 26.

  3. Explore coverage options through a reputable online source, such as or a major health insurance carrier that offers Individual Health Insurance policies

Please note: When considering an exchange plan, specifically ask when your new health insurance coverage will start. To avoid any potential gaps in coverage if you choose a plan on or a private exchange, you may need to enroll by July 1, 2017, for a plan that will start on August 1, 2017.

Also, when enrolling with another health insurance company or through an exchange, you may be asked to provide documentation showing when prior health insurance coverage ended. Contact United HealthCare Student Resources at 866.458.4954 for a “certificate of coverage”. This will show the effective dates for the 2016 policy year for the SHIP.  UHCSR will email or mail you this form. Please call to request a certificate of coverage (also known as a notice of termination) to use with another health insurance carrier.

As you plan ahead to ensure you have coverage after your coverage ends, before you buy any plan, carefully review the medical and prescription drug benefits offered, the list of in and out of network of providers, and how much you should expect to pay out of your pocket in the form of deductibles, copays, or coinsurance.

If you have any questions, please contact our office by email at, by phone at 303-273-3388, or in person in Room 207 of the Wellness Center at 1770 Elm Street, Golden CO 80401.


Coverage terminates the day prior to the first day of classes for the spring semester for students who:
• Graduate in December
• Withdraw from the University after the fall Census Day
• Are academically suspended after the fall Census Day, or
• Otherwise, lose eligibility as describe in the Plan Brochure

Coverage terminates the day prior to the first day of class for the fall semester for students who:
• Graduate in May, Summer I or Summer II
• Withdraw from the University after the spring Census Day
• Are academically suspended after Spring Census Day, or
• Otherwise, lose eligibility as described in the Plan Brochure.

Refunds for the cost of coverage will only be made upon the entry of any covered person into the armed forces of any country. A prorated refund will be returned to such person upon written request.