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Student Health Insurance Overview


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  • This website provides information about Vanderbilt’s Student Health Insurance Plan, commonly referred to as SHIP. We encourage you to review the contents of this site to become well informed about your coverage under SHIP. If you have questions, visit the Contact Information section to be connected with support resources.
  • Vanderbilt’s student health insurance plan administrator is Academic HealthPlans (AHP). To view information about your plan, visit
  • Vanderbilt’s Student Health Center (SHC) is the primary care provider (PCP) under SHIP for all undergraduate and graduate & professional students. As your PCP, the Student Health Center also maintains online information about SHIP.
  • There is no referral required to been seen outside of the Student Health Center. For best benefit coverage, students should see in-network providers. You can utilize Aetna’s Provider Search Tool to locate in-network providers.
  • Aetna offers a Well-being portal with tools and resources to help support you holistically.


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2023-24 PLAN YEAR

  • Summer 2023 SHIP coverage (for newly enrolled summer students) is effective May 1, 2023 - August 11, 2023.
  • Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) annual coverage is effective from August 12, 2023 through August 11, 2024. 
  • Spring 2024 SHIP coverage (for newly enrolled spring students) is effective January 1, 2024 - August 11, 2024.


Visit the waiver page for further information.


  • Students enrolled in SHIP may enroll dependents for annual coverage by logging in to their account at For more information about dependent enrollment deadlines and policies, please visit the enrollment page

2022-23 PLAN YEAR

  • SHIP annual coverage for 2022-23 is effective from August 12, 2022 through August 11, 2023.

The waiver periods for annual 2022-2023 and spring 2023 coverage (and any prior periods) have passed.


All Vanderbilt students are eligible to voluntarily enroll in optional vision coverage. Visit to learn more. Dental is included in certain SHIP packages*.

*Packages for international students (participating in any program) and graduate students (students participating in doctoral programs, the Master of Fine Arts program, or the Medical Scientist Training Program for degrees that will be conferred by the Graduate School).