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Point Park University understands the importance of maintaining good health while you attend college, and we make it a priority that our campus be a place that is as beneficial to student bodies as it is to student minds.

For care involving the treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, the University maintains the Student Health Center and the Student Counseling Center on campus. However, we realize that more serious medical situations may require care beyond the capabilities of on-campus health services — costly care such as emergency department visits, surgery, hospital stays and therapy visits. Without insurance, a serious illness or injury can result in bills totaling thousands of dollars that could place serious financial roadblocks in the way of a college education.

To safeguard against this type of situation, the University partners with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. This partnership offers a student health insurance plan that is not only affordable and easy to use, but includes benefits that far surpass those typically found in student insurance plans, including:

  • Preventive care
  • Coverage for all types of injuries, including sports and exercise injuries
  • Online tools to help you make informed care choices
  • Out-of-area coverage while traveling or during extended off-campus periods

We encourage you to consider the University's student health plan as a means of protecting yourself and your loved ones against unexpected medical expenses that could temporarily — or permanently — interrupt your college career. For more information about covered and non-covered services, in-network vs out-of-network coverage, deductibles, copays, etc., see the Student Health Plan Brochure (2016-17 brochure not yet available).

Follow the links below to find specific aspects of insurance coverage:

Students Required to Have Insurance Coverage

For 2016-17, certain groups of students are required by University policy to have health insurance coverage; these students include:

  • Dance and theatre majors (all concentrations)
  • International students
  • Student athletes

These students must purchase the University's student health health plan, unless they have existing health insurance coverage that meets the requirements set forth by the University.  

Students who have existing health insurance coverage that meets University requirements who do not wish to purchase the student health plan must successfully waive the student health plan coverage.

Note:  International student athletes may not waive coverage under the student health plan, regardless of any other insurance coverage they may have.

Student Health Plan

Information on the 2016-17 student health plan is pending at this time.  As soon as the information has been finalized you will find information on this page about enrollment eligibility, coverage dates and enrollment deadlines, how to enroll, costs, payments, etc. Students will be notified of the availability of this information via their Point Park email.

Waive (Decline) Student Health Plan

Students who are not required to have health insurance are not required to waive/decline the plan.

Students who are required to have health insurance per University policy, must purchase the University student health plan unless they have existing health insurance coverage that meets the requirements set forth by the University.  

Student who have existing health insurance coverage that meets University requirements who do not wish to purchase the student health plan must successfully waive (decline) the student health plan coverage.

For the 2016-17 academic year, the waiver process has not yet been finalized; when it has been finalized, all students will be notified via Point Park email.  The University requirements will be available at that time as well.

Students who are unable to successfully complete the waiver process because they are ineligible to waive (decline) must purchase the student health plan. 

Accident Insurance for Student Athletes and Performing Artists

In order to provide optimal care to student athletes and performing artists (dance and theatre majors--all concentrations), the University has purchased an athletic and performing arts accident insurance policy. This policy provides secondary insurance coverage for accidents incurred while participating in official University-sponsored athletic or performing arts events. Insurance coverage will not be provided for pre-existing conditions or non-athletic/performing arts-related injuries.

There is no cost for this coverage, and there are no enrollment forms to complete; however, in order to be eligible for this secondary accident insurance coverage, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • The student must be enrolled in the University's student health plan, or
  • The student must have successfully completed the waiver declining the University student health plan

Students who do not meet the above criteria are not eligible for the secondary accident insurance coverage.

Information on this coverage is available in the Athletic Training Office located on the first floor of the Student Center.