Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

All enrolled domestic Pitzer students must have comprehensive medical insurance coverage.  At the Colleges we offer Aetna Student Health Insurance which many students have found valuable.  Students will be automatically enrolled in SHIP until proof of comparable coverage is provided and a waiver is submitted via the online waiver portal by the September 7, 2020 deadline.  It is the student’s responsibility to keep the College informed of changes in insurance coverage and coverage must be confirmed every year via the online waiver portal –

PLEASE NOTE:  In a typical year when all students are on campus in Claremont, California, state funded medical programs from outside of California are NOT considered to be adequate coverage to waive out of SHIP as they do not cover an individual outside of their home state.  However, if you are currently enrolled in a state funded medical program this fall 2020 and plan to remain living in your home state during the fall 2020 semester due to the Covid-19 restrictions and the recent update regarding on-line learning this fall, you CAN waive out of SHIP with your state funded coverage.  Please visit for more information about SHIP or contact Katie Tewell – – with any questions or concerns.    

All enrolled International Pitzer students who are currently residing in the US will be enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan unless they provide proof of comparable coverage that is based in the US.  

All enrolled International Pitzer students who are currently residing abroad will be allowed to waive out of SHIP this fall as long as they can provide proof of coverage wherever they are currently living. If you are living abroad and choose to waive out of SHIP for this upcoming semester, you will be allowed to enroll in SHIP mid-year (in the spring) if we are back in-person on campus.

If you are an International student and would like to be waived out of SHIP, please email Katie Tewell – Katie_tewell@pitzer.eduInternational students do not have access to the waiver portal and must email to inquire about waiving out of SHIP.

The online waiver portal for the 2020/2021 academic year will open June 15, 2020 through September 7, 2020. Students can obtain a 100 percent refund one week before or on the first day of class. After the first day of class the Student Health Insurance charge is non-refundable.

If you wish to waive out of SHIP, we expect that your alternative coverage be accessible in Claremont and comparable to The Claremont Colleges’ Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Please review your coverage thoroughly to ensure accessibility and comparable coverage prior to completing the waiver form. You are responsible for all medical expenses resulting from services that are not covered by your health insurance.

If you plan to take leave of absence for the fall 2020 semester, you are not eligible to enroll in SHIP and will be automatically waived out of SHIP once your leave of absence is processed. If you return to Pitzer for the spring 2021 semester, you will be able to enroll in SHIP for the spring/summer 2021 coverage period. Please contact Katie Tewell ( to enroll.

If you are a new Pitzer student who defers enrollment until the spring 2021 semester, you will be automatically waived out of SHIP for fall 2020 and will receive outreach regarding SHIP in January 2021. Please contact Katie Tewell ( with any questions or concerns.

Additional information can be found via the helpful links below:

What does SHIP Cover?  How much does it cost? – Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) Snapshot 2020/2021 and SHIP Plan Design and Benefits Summary

How Does SHIP Work?

Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) Waiver Portal (Opens June 15, 2020)

Am I eligible to waive SHIP?  – WAIVER FAQ

Please email the Executive Assistant to the VP for Student Affairs, Katie Tewell (, with any additional questions or concerns related to SHIP.