George Mason University makes health insurance available to eligible students through Aetna Student Health. The Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan has been developed especially for Mason students, however, individual students might benefit from other policies. The plan provides coverage for illnesses and injuries locally and when you travel either domestically or abroad and is accepted by many local healthcare providers. The student health insurance plan is structured to meet federal mandates set forth by the Affordable Care Act.

All enrolled Mason students are eligible to receive services at Student Health Services clinics. Student Health Services is available to you because you are a Mason student, not because you have purchased the student insurance plan.

Upcoming Summer 2018 Open Enrollment:

April 4, 2018 – June 15, 2018

2017-2018 Plan Overview

At a Glance

Plan Dates: August 16, 2017 – August 15, 2018

Plan Type: PPO

Deductible: $250

Coinsurance: 20% (Preferred-Provider)

Specialist Referral Required: No

Prescriptions RetailCopay  $15 Generic/$40 Preferred/$75 Non-Preferred

Click to view the 17-18 Student Health Plan Design document on the Aetna website

Plan Design and Benefits

Click to view 17-18 Summary of Benefits on Aetna website

Summary of Benefits of Coverage








The plan documents contain full details. If you have questions, contact Aetna Student Health’s Customer Service or the Student Health Insurance Office. Visit the Aetna Insurance Definitions webpage for insurance terminology and definitions.

Once a student graduates, the student is still covered under the Mason Student Health Insurance Plan (if enrolled) for the remainder of the policy year.

Plan Premiums

Annual (8/16/17-8/15/18) Spring/Summer (1/5/18-8/15/18) Summer (5/16/18-8/15/18)
DOMESTIC STUDENT ONLY $3,154 $1,958 $855
Spouse $3,094 $1,898 $795
 One (1) Child $3,094 $1,898 $795
Two (2) or more Children $6,188 $3,796 $1,590
Fall (8/16/17-1/4/18) Spring/Summer (1/5/18-8/15/18) Summer (5/16/18-8/15/18)

Domestic Students

During open enrollment periods, eligible domestic students may enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan (which includes the Vital Savings Program) or just the Vital Savings Discount Program. Enrollment and premium payment is completed online through the Aetna Student Health website for domestic students and eligible dependents.

Select Domestic Students for more information about eligibility and open enrollment dates.

International Students

All F-1 and J-1 visa students are automatically enrolled into the Mason Student Health Insurance Plan because they are required by Federal law and University Policy #6002 to have adequate health insurance. F-1 and J-1 visa students pay the premium through their Patriot Web account. Students on any other visa type should refer to the information for Domestic Students.

For the fall semester, an international student is charged the “Fall” premium. In the spring, the student is charged with the “Spring/Summer” premium. Any student new to the University in the summer, please contact the Insurance Office for a fee assessment and enrollment.

*Summer enrollment is for new students in summer only.

Select International Students for more information about health insurance requirements, health insurance waivers, and payment dates.

INTO Students

INTO Mason Students should contact INTO for information regarding the health insurance premium payment.

Visiting Scholars

If you are a J-1 visa Visiting Scholar interested in a health insurance option, please contact the Insurance Office for more information.


Any student enrolled in the Mason Student Health Insurance Plan can enroll eligible dependents during open enrollment periods.

Dependents are a student’s lawful spouse and unmarried dependent children under the age of 26.

Dependents can also be enrolled in the Vital Savings Discount Program.

If a dependent of a student enrolled in the student health insurance plan is arriving in the United States after the Open Enrollment Deadline, review the information about significant life changes affecting your insurance coverage for enrollment information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to commonly asked questions about the student health insurance. Including “what if I already have health insurance?“, “how do I get a health insurance card?” and more.

Why have health insurance?

The time and financial commitment required to obtain a formal education is an invaluable investment in your future. No one plans to get sick or injured. Health insurance can offer some protection and help you cover unexpected and potentially high medical costs that could negatively impact your health and potentially your financial future. Health insurance also allows individuals to seek early treatment for illness.  Students without insurance tend to stay sick longer, placing family, friends and our Mason community, at risk.

Health Insurance Resources

Useful tips and resources to help you better understand how health insurance works and understand insurance definitions.

Insurance Office

Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30 – 4:30pm, Friday 12:30 – 4:30pm

Phone: (703) 993-2827 or (703) 993-7634


Fax: 703-993-3955

Address: Student Union Building (SUB) I, Rooms 2345 & 2349

4400 University Drive, MS 2D3, Fairfax VA, 22030