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Annual Selection

Annual Selection

Once you select the SHI Benefits Plan, your coverage stays in place for the entire remaining academic year if you meet eligiblity. You cannot drop or change term by term. Changes are limited to Qualifying Events.

Deadlines, Rates and Date



Selections are considered annual selections. Select/Waive is completed in My Buckeye Link. 

  • Once a student selects the SHI Benefits Plan, and they continue to meet eligibility, coverage is effective for the entirety of the remaining policy year and cannot be changed term-to-term within the policy year. For example, you cannot drop coverage for spring/summer coverage period if you selected it in autumn. 
  • Exceptions are limited to Qualifying Events
  • If a student waives the SHI Benefits Plan for autumn period, they can newly select coverage for spring/summer if they need to. 

Coverage Period

Start Date

End Date


Full Policy Year (Autumn and Spring/Summer)




Autumn 2017




Spring/Summer 2018




Summer only 2018*




*Summer only is an option for students who were not enrolled in previous semesters of the academic year. 

2017-18 RATES - Student Health Insurance Benefits Plan

The student health insurance cost is billed as a semester fee, not a per month charge. 

  • Students can use the Tuition Option Payment Plan (TOPP) and apply Financial Aid toward the fee.
  • Students will be billed for autumn and spring semesters if they select in autumn and continue to meet eligibility. The fee in spring includes summer coverage. 

Coverage Level 

Fee Billed

Per Semester

For comparison

purposes: Policy Year Per

Month Average

Policy Year Total

(Both Semesters)

Summer Only*


$ 1497



$ 749

Student + Spouse

$ 2994



$ 1497

Student + Child

$ 2994



$ 1497

Student + Spouse + Child

$ 4491



$ 2246

Student + 2 or more Children

$ 4491



$ 2246

Student + Spouse +2 or more Children

$ 5988



$ 2994

*Summer only is an option for students who were not enrolled in previous semesters of the academic year. 

  • Funded graduate students can visit Ohio State Human Resource's Student Employee Benefits webpage for information about subsidies and health insurance options. If you are receiving a graduate subsidy where your department is paying 85% of your SHI Benefits Plan fee, your 15% will be deducted from the first four monthly paychecks in Autumn semester (September, October, November, December) and in Spring semester (January, February, March, April). For additional questions related to fee payment or charges, funded graduate students should call the Buckeye Link Office at 614-292-0300. 


2017-18 RATES - WilceCare Supplement

The fee for WilceCare is $225 annually. The fee will show on your Statement of Account. For most students, the fee appears for autumn term. 

If you newly select WilceCare before January 2 for spring term (and you didn't select it for autumn), the fee is also $225 and will appear in spring.