Eligibility and Enrollment

Massachusetts state law requires that all students enrolled at Berklee participate in the school-sponsored Student Health Program (SHP, previously called QSHIP), or provide documentation of comparable coverage through their own or their family's insurance provider.

Eligibility Requirements

All registered students at Berklee College of Music taking credit hours are eligible to enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO Student Health Plan).

Students approved for practical training are also eligible to enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan on a voluntary basis. You must sign up for health insurance at the Office of the Registrar and show your Practical Training Card or I-20 form; then pay the health insurance fee to the Bursar's Office.

Automatic Enrollment

All eligible students who do not submit a Health Insurance Waiver Form by the deadline will be automatically enrolled in and billed for the Student Health Insurance Plan for the policy year.

Please note: International Students cannot waive coverage unless they are currently enrolled in an insurance plan of comparable coverage through a U.S.-based insurance company.

Waiving Coverage

Students who are already covered under a comparable insurance plan must submit a waiver form to opt out of the insurance program sponsored by Berklee. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the alternate insurance is adequate and the waiver form is submitted by the deadline. Before waiving coverage, be sure to check with your insurance company to determine if your current insurance plan provides coverage comparable to the important benefits included in Berklee's Student Health Insurance Plan.

For information on waiving the Berklee Student Health Insurance Plan, select Waiving Berklee Insurance from the links at the left.

Enrolling Family Members

Insured students may also enroll their spouse, domestic partner, and/or children under the age of 26 who reside with the student. Dependent coverage must be purchased for the same time period as the student's period of coverage and cannot exceed coverage purchased by the student. The enrollment deadlines to add dependents are September 15 (fall), February 15 (spring), and June 15 (summer). Students may enroll their eligible dependents online for an additional premium by visiting gallagherstudent.com/Berklee, selecting ‘Dependent Enroll’ from the links on the left, and completing the form by the published deadline. For information on additional premium costs (above the student premium) and coverage dates, contact Gallagher Student at 800 391-8057 or email them at Berkleestudent@gallagherstudent.com.

Continuing Coverage after Policy Termination

Students may continue their coverage on a direct-pay basis through Blue Cross Blue Shield after their policy terminates. Go to bluecrossma.com and select "Visitor" and then "Plans & Products" to review and compare plans. You can also contact Gallagher Student at Berkleestudent@gallagherstudent.com for other possible plan options.

Unexpected Termination of Alternative Insurance Plan

If you've waived the student health insurance plan for for fall 2014 – summer 2015, but your alternative insurance plan unexpectedly terminates before August 14, 2015, you may late enroll for Berklee's plan as follows:

Petition to Add Process

Students who initially waived the student insurance plan can only petition to add coverage if they experience a qualifying event. Examples of qualifying events include students who lose coverage because they reach the maximum age under their private insurance plan or who lose coverage due to a parent/guardian’s loss or change of employment or through a marriage or divorce. A qualifying event does not include a student who is seeking enrollment to gain access to a benefit that was exhausted under their current private insurance plan.

Students must submit a Petition to Add Form within 60 days of the qualifying event in order for the effective date of coverage to be the day of the qualifying event. If the Petition to Add Form is received after 60 days of the qualifying event, the effective date of coverage will be the date the petition is received at Gallagher Student. You can download a Petition to Add Form at gallagherstudent.com/Berklee. In addition to the Petition to Add Form, a letter from the previous insurance company MUST be provided stating the reason for the student’s ineligibility and the date the student became ineligible.

In accordance to the recently revised Massachusetts Student Health Programs Mandate (114.6 CMR 3.00), Gallagher Student will be pro-rating the premium for all approved Petition to Add requests.

If Gallagher Student approves your petition to add health insurance late, you must pay the health insurance fee to the Bursar’s Office. You will not be officially insured until Gallagher Student approves your petition, determines the (pro-rated) cost of the insurance to Berklee, and that amount is paid in full to Berklee.