graduate assistant health insurance

For information on the MSU sponsored graduate assistant health plans, please reference the appropriate academic year below. 


Graduate Assistant Health Plan
Blue Care Network (BCN)

BCN is partnering with Ascension for enrollment and payment for the Graduate Assistant and Student Health Plans. MSU automatically enrolls graduate assistants in the student health plan, and the health insurance is paid by MSU. The premium for spouses/Other Eligible Individuals (OEI) and eligible dependents of graduate assistants are partially funded by MSU. Dependents will need to be enrolled on a voluntary basis. 

Note: MSU will contribute up to $2,500 (per plan year) towards the cost of a spouse or child, and up to $2,200 (per plan year) towards the cost of a spouse and a child/or two or more child(ren).

With this coverage, you will have access to quality health care through hospitals, physicians and affiliated health care professionals in the BCN of Michigan provider network. Providers can be located on the BCN website.

BCN Customer Service: 800-662-6667
Website/Enrollment: bcbsm.com/msu

The BCN Graduate Assistant Health Plan covers a variety of health care services.

You can also visit ALEX, our virtual benefits counselor that provides online benefits education and decision support for graduate assistants.

Who Is Eligible?

Graduate Assistant

  • Graduate assistants with 1/4, 1/2, or 3/4 appointments (eligible for tuition waiver) and
  • Who have worked at least 53 days during their Fall or Spring appointment, or 46 days during their Summer appointment*

*Working days are the number of calendar days from the beginning of the appointment through the last day worked.

Eligible Dependents

Eligible dependents of graduate assistants enrolled in the plan:

  • Spouse/OEI 
  • Children
  • Stepchildren

 Note: Dependent children must be under the age of 26.

2017-2018 Enrollment Deadlines and Coverage Periods

Graduate Assistant Coverage Periods

Enrollment Dates Coverage Period
Effective Date Effective Date Termination Date
Fall August 15, 2017 February 14, 2018
Spring I January 1, 2018 August 14, 2018
Spring II February 15, 2018 August 14, 2018
Spring III May 12, 2018 August 14, 2018


Graduate Assistant Eligible Dependents Enrollment Periods, Deadlines and Coverage Periods

Enrollment Dates Coverage Period
Enrollment Period Enrollment Opens Enrollment Deadline Effective Date Termination Date
Fall July 24, 2017 September 30, 2017 August 15, 2017 February 14, 2018
Spring I December 1, 2017 February 15, 2018 January 1, 2018 August 14, 2018
Spring II December 1, 2018 February 15, 2018 February 15, 2018 August 14, 2018
Spring III April 12, 2018 June 30, 2018 May 12, 2018 August 14, 2018
First Quarter July 24, 2017 September 30, 2017 August 15, 2017 November 14, 2017
Second Quarter October 15, 2017 November 15, 2017 November 15, 2017 February 14, 2018
Third Quarter January 15, 2018 February 15, 2018 February 15, 2018 May 11, 2018
Fourth Quarter April 12, 2018 June 30, 2018 May 12, 2018 August 14, 2018

Note: Dependents cannot be enrolled beyond the Graduate Assistant enrollment.

Waive Coverage: Graduate assistants who wish to opt-out of the automatic enrollment in the student health insurance can access the waiver system through Stuinfo at https://stuinfo.msu.edu. For more information go to Waiver Requirements and Process.

For more information on Graduate Assistantships, please visit the Graduate Assistant website


2016-2017 Enrollment Deadlines and Coverage Periods

Graduate Assistant Coverage Periods

Enrollment Dates Coverage Period
Effective Date Effective Date Termination Date
Fall August 15, 2016 February 14, 2017
Spring I January 1, 2017 August 14, 2017
Spring II February 15, 2017 August 14, 2017
Spring III May 12, 2017 August 14, 2017


Graduate Assistant Eligible Dependents Enrollment Periods, Deadlines and Coverage Periods

Enrollment Dates Coverage Period
Enrollment Period Enrollment Opens Enrollment Deadline Effective Date Termination Date
Fall July 25, 2016 September 30, 2016 August 15, 2016 February 14, 2017
Spring I December 1, 2016 February 15, 2017 January 1, 2017 August 14, 2017
Spring II January 15, 2017 February 15, 2017 February 15, 2017 August 14, 2017
Spring III April 12, 2017 June 30, 2017 May 12, 2017 August 14, 2017
First Quarter July 25, 2016 September 30, 2016 August 15, 2016 November 14, 2016
Second Quarter October 15, 2016 November 15, 2016 November 15, 2016 February 14, 2017
Third Quarter January 15, 2017 February 15, 2017 February 15, 2017 May 11, 2017
Fourth Quarter April 12, 2017 June 30, 2017 May 12, 2017 August 14, 2017

Note: Dependents cannot be enrolled beyond the Graduate Assistant enrollment.