Health Insurance

Montclair State University requires all full-time undergraduate and graduate students as defined by the University (12 or more credits for undergraduate, 9 or more credits for graduate) to carry health insurance. The University offers a plan through United Healthcare as an option for coverage. The insurance waiver process for the Fall 2017 semester will open August 1, 2017.

Insurance Premium 2017 - 2018 Academic Year

Coverage Valid 8/15/17 - 8/14/18

Undergraduate Students

$1,756.00

Graduate Students

$3,465.00

Full time students are automatically enrolled in this plan and charged for the insurance premium, when they are registered at full-time status prior to the add/drop deadline of 9/13/17. You have the option to stay enrolled or waive the plan if covered by another carrier. The insurance waiver completed in the Fall semester is valid for the entire academic year. Therefore, students who complete the waiver in the Fall semester are not required to submit a waiver in the Spring Semester.

  • Waivers must be completed by the established deadlines.
  • Copies of your insurance card submitted to the Office of Student Accounts or any other MSU office does not constitute a waiver and is not acceptable.  All waivers must be completed online at firststudent.com.
  • Students who do not complete a waiver by the deadline will be automatically enrolled in the plan and will be responsible for the annual premium.
  • Students who waive their insurance in the fall may not enroll in the spring semester.
  • Following United Health Care requirements, the University reserves the right to make the final determination regarding eligibility for the initial and continued enrollment in this insurance plan.
  • A valid insurance card must be available when waiving the insurance. Pending insurance coverage or a letter from your employer or third company is not acceptable.
  • The University reserves the right to audit all waivers in order to ensure compliance with the University insurance requirements. Please be sure to have a copy of your insurance policy as you may be asked to provide this documentation.
  • The Office of Student Accounts will send reminder emails to students that have not completed a waiver, this will be the only form of notification you will receive. It is very important that you review your MSU email and take action by the deadline.

DEADLINE: Fall 2017 insurance waiver and enrollment form must be submitted online at www.firststudent.com by September 22, 2017.

Unfortunately, part time students or dependents do not have an opportunity to purchase insurance through United Health Care. However, part time students who wish to purchase an individual insurance policy can find information at Health Insurance Requirements and Options for Coverage

Waiver Instructions

Students enrolled in a comparable health insurance plan may be eligible to waive the Student Health Insurance Plan.  If you already have health insurance coverage through your family spouse or employer, you may opt to waive the University Plan by completing a Health Insurance Waiver form online at www.firststudent.com. If you recently became a full-time student, please allow 2 – 3 business days for your information to be updated on firststudent.com before attempting to complete the waiver.  

  1. Go to the Montclair State University First Student website.
  2. Select “Waive Your School’s Health Insurance” on the left hand side of the page, 2nd tab
  3. Select “Waive Now”
  4. Enter Student’s Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy) and Student’s CWID # to access the waiver form (The CWID# does NOT include “M”).
  5. Complete the Waiver Form with the required health insurance information. Do not leave any fields blank.
  6. Print your confirmation page. If you do not receive a confirmation, your waiver was not submitted successfully.

Enrollment Instructions

Full time students who do not complete an insurance waiver will be automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan. If a student would like to have access to the health insurance card prior to the open enrollment deadline of 9/22/17, the student must self-enroll in the insurance. After submitting the self-enrollment form, the student will have access to their card within 24 hours. If students do not self-enroll, they will be notified by United Healthcare of their enrollment with instructions on how to access to their card after the enrollment deadline of 9/22/17. You may opt to enroll in the University Plan by completing a Health Insurance enrollment form online at www.firststudent.com. If you recently became a full-time student, please allow 2 – 3 business days for your information to be updated on firststudent.com before attempting to self-enroll. 

  1. Go to the Montclair State University First Student website.
  2. Select “Enroll Now-Health Insurance” on the left hand side of the page, 1st tab
  3. Select “Enroll Now”
  4. Enter Student’s Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy) and Student’s CWID # to access the enrollment form (The CWID# does NOT include “M”).
  5. Complete the Enrollment Form with the required information.
  6. Print your confirmation page.

It is important that you review your bill on NEST periodically to ensure that your account is credited after receipt confirmation of an APPROVED waiver. Credits are applied to the student’s account within 3 - 5 business days after the waiver is APPROVED. If you are experiencing an issue in waiving your insurance, you may contact the Office of Student Accounts at waiverinsure@mail.montclair.edu.

Transgender Resources

United Healthcare Student Resources (Student Health Insurance) offers several support options for students with questions regarding transgender insurance coverage.

Questions regarding gender affirmation surgery and hormone therapy can be answered by contacting:

United Healthcare Student Resources at:

sclaimsreview@uhcsr.com or call 866-780-4768