The University of Iowa is concerned about the potential threat the high cost of health and dental care may pose to students' financial well-being. For this reason, the university offers cost-effective, comprehensive plans for all eligible University of Iowa students.

Health Insurance Plans Offered

Both of our student health insurance plans are administered by Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Iowa. Any student may sign up for the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), but only Health Science majors and graduates may enroll in UIGRADCare. Please review the student insurance eligibility in the next section before you plan to enroll. 


The student health insurance plan (SHIP) is a high-quality student medical plan with coverage in and outside Iowa. 

Eligible Student Groups:

  • Any student who meets the required student insurance eligibility rules 

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The UIGRADCare plan is a comprehensive health program from providers within the UI Health Care network and/or Student Health. 

Eligible Student groups:

  • Health Science Students
  • Graduate Students

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Are you eligible? 

For a student to be eligible to enroll in the university health insurance:

  1. they MUST be a degree-seeking student AND
  2. be registered for 5 or more credit hours each semester (undergrad students only). 

ALL undergrad and international students MUST have health insurance, either their own plan through another carrier that meets the minimum requirements or enrolls in one of the UI student plans. 

The information presented on our website describes only the highlights of the plans and does not constitute official plan documents. Additional terms and conditions may apply. If there are any discrepancies between the information contained herein and the official plan documents, the plan documents will govern. For more detailed information you may contact Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield at toll-free number 800-524-9242 (TTY: 888-781-4262), Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Central Time). For more efficient service, please have your member ID number handy - it can be found on the front of your card.