Fees and Insurance

Health Insurance

All students attending the College of Charleston are strongly urged to have adequate health insurance. 

Although Student Health Services does not charge for care, necessary medical care at other facilities such as at ERs or with specialists can be very expensive and the benefit of insurance coverage is substantial.

The College of Charleston does not require most students to have and maintain health insurance. International students with F-1 and J-1 student visas are required to have health insurance that covers them while in the United States. The Center for International Education provides a policy for these students. More information is available on their website. Uninsured students and their parents are asked to view the coverage available through Healthcare.gov Marketplace with the Affordable Care Act.

Fees

All registered students pay a health fee as part of their registration fees. This health fee covers many, but not all, of the services provided at the Student Health Service. The fee does cover unlimited visits with the medical and nursing staff.

Fees Not Covered

  • Advanced care requiring referral to hospitals or consultants
  • Routine and illness specific laboratory tests (billed to patient via LabCorp)
  • Lab Fees for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) / Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) STI/STD lab fees
  • X-rays
  • Prescription medications
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Certain optional immunizations. 

Summer Fees

Please Note: Students taking classes over the summer at the College are eligible to access Student Health Services during their enrollment period (for example, Summer 1=June 7, 2022-July 7, 2022) without purchasing additional coverage since it is included as a portion of their tuition. For students enrolled in summer classes seeking care before or after their enrollment period, they can purchase "Supplemental" Coverage for 20.00 via Marketplace.  

Students staying in the Charleston area over summer but not taking classes may continue to utilize clinic services by paying a Summer Health Services fee. The fee for healthcare services over the summer is $40.00 and can be purchased through our "Marketplace" tab on our website. This fee covers all visits over the summer (May 9, 2022 to August 19, 2022). 

In order to qualify for this service:

  • The student must be registered for the Fall Semester or taking classes during the summer session(s). Once graduated, a student is no longer eligible. Incoming students are not eligible until Convocation on August 22, 2022. 
  • Payment must be made on Marketplace (see link on left side)

Graduating Students

Student Health Services cannot see students after graduation. However, the Student Health Services staff can provide information about medical care in the community for those students who need it.