Graduate Student Support Plan (GSSP)

The Graduate Student Support Plan is a competitive support package used to attract top students to NC State University. Graduate students that meet the requirements below are eligible to receive health insurance and tuition support (for a limited number of semesters).

  • Supported on a qualifying graduate assistantship (teaching or research) or fellowship of, at least, $666.67 per month.
  • Meet the minimum enrollment requirement – Full-time, at all times.
  • Enrolled in an on-campus master’s or doctoral program. Distance Education and Graduate Certificate programs do not qualify for the Graduate Student Support Plan.

Participant students should read the Graduate Student Support Plan Student Handbook in order to become more familiar with the NC State Graduate Student Support Plan.

Useful Information

GSSP tuition benefits will not apply to your billing account until all GSSP eligibility requirements are actively met in the Student Information (SIS) and Human Resources (HR) systems. Please see the checklist below for one-page GSSP eligibility summary.

GSSP Eligibility Summary (Checklist)

GSSP Requirements At-A-Glance (Semesters of Benefits Eligibility)

When all eligibility requirements are met in HR and SIS, applicable GSSP benefits should apply to your student account within 24-48 hrs. If you have not received a GSSP tuition award reflected on your student account, it is likely that one or more of the GSSP eligibility requirements have not been met in the system.

If you have questions regarding the Graduate School, the Graduate Student Support Plan, or other issues related to your graduate studies, it is important to first contact your adviser, Director of Graduate Programs, or Graduate Services Coordinator before contacting the Graduate School. Your home department faculty, staff, and administration have more specific knowledge of your individual situation.

List of Directors of Graduate Programs
List of Program Graduate Services Coordinators

NC State RA-TA Health Insurance Plan

Only students eligible for the Graduate Student Support Plan are eligible for the NC State RA-TA health insurance plan. Please see your department Graduate Services Coordinator if you have questions about your eligibility or coverage period.

Student Blue (BCBS of NC) is the health insurance provider for the NC State Graduate Student Support Plan. Please contact them directly at 1-800-579-8022 regarding your health insurance benefits, dependent enrollment, and any other questions related to your health insurance policy. Please keep in mind that the Graduate School simply manages overall Graduate Student Support Plan eligibility and payment for the overall plan. The Graduate School is not involved, at all, after a student is no longer covered under the Graduate Student Support Plan.

Health insurance coverage on the NC State RA-TA plan typically starts on the following dates each semester. Please speak with your department Graduate Services Coordinator if you have questions about your health insurance start (or end) date.

Fall 2018: August 1st
Spring 2019: January 1st

We encourage students to register for Blue Connect once they have received their health insurance information from Student Blue (Subscriber & Group numbers). Student Blue Member Services allows participants to manage their policy online, including reviewing claims and printing a temporary card.

If you need to retrieve your policy information (subscriber, group, pharmacy bin numbers) because you did not receive your health insurance cards or they were lost or stolen, please contact Student Blue customer service at 1-800-579-8022. The Graduate School does not keep record of individual subscriber numbers.

Please be sure to keep your mailing address updated in MyPack Portal and with Student Blue (1-800-579-8022). Your mailing address in MyPack Portal is transmitted to Student Blue for your enrollment in the GSSP health insurance plan.

Termination from RA-TA Health Insurance Plan Coverage

Please be aware that eligibility for the NC State RA-TA Plan (GSSP eligibility) is finalized on Census Day each semester. If a student fails to meet any one of the below GSSP eligibility requirements by Census Day, they are ineligible for the RA-TA Plan. Please speak with your department Graduate Services Coordinator if you have questions about your GSSP eligibility or health insurance coverage.

  1. Full-time enrollment, at all times
  2. Active, qualifying graduate appointment extending at least 30 days beyond the first day of classes.
  3. Active in an on-campus master’s or doctoral program

Coverage duration for the NC State RA-TA Plan is semester based. Eligibility for the RA-TA Plan can only be established at the beginning of the Fall or Spring semesters (summer coverage is included in the Spring semester coverage period).  Once students are eligible for coverage on the RA-TA Plan they will retain their coverage until the end of the eligible semester, unless the student requests earlier termination*. Please see the chart below to determine coverage duration by graduate appointment type and semester.

All GSSP Eligibility Requirements Met Prior to Census

RA-TA Health Insurance Start Date

RA-TA Health Insurance Termination Date

(last full day of coverage)

Fall  8/1/20xx** 12/31/20xx
Spring 1/1/20xx** 7/31/20xx***

 

**Students must meet all semester GSSP eligibility requirements (including a graduate appointment that extends, at least, 30 days beyond the first day of classes) by Census Day in order to be eligible for the semester RA-TA Plan (Fall and Spring/Summer semesters).

***Beginning Summer 2018, all students participating in the RA-TA Health Insurance Plan for the Spring semester will retain their RA-TA Health Insurance coverage through 7/31, regardless of GSSP eligible graduate appointment type, graduation status or appointment end date. If a participating student does not need coverage for the summer period because they have an alternate form of coverage, the student can request early termination for the coverage period by completing the RA-TA Decline Form**Students must meet all semester GSSP eligibility requirements (including a graduate appointment that extends, at least, 30 days beyond the first day of classes) by Census Day in order to be eligible for the semester RA-TA Plan (Fall and Spring/Summer semesters).

All GSSP Eligibility Requirements Met Prior to Census

RA-TA Health Insurance Start Date

RA-TA Health Insurance Termination Date

(last full day of coverage)

Fall 12 8/1/20xx** 12/31/20xx
Spring 1/1/20xx** 7/31/20xx***

**Students must meet all semester GSSP eligibility requirements (including a graduate appointment that extends, at least, 30 days beyond the first day of classes) by Census Day in order to be eligible for the semester RA-TA Plan (Fall and Spring/Summer semesters).

***Beginning Summer 2018, all students participating in the RA-TA Health Insurance Plan for the Spring semester will retain their RA-TA Health Insurance coverage through 7/31, regardless of GSSP eligible graduate appointment type, graduation status or appointment end date. If a participating student does not need coverage for the summer period because they have an alternate form of coverage, the student can request early termination for the coverage period by completing the RA-TA Decline Form**Students must meet all semester GSSP eligibility requirements (including a graduate appointment that extends, at least, 30 days beyond the first day of classes) by Census Day in order to be eligible for the semester RA-TA Plan (Fall and Spring/Summer semesters).


 

 

All GSSP Eligibility Requirements Met Prior to Census

RA-TA Health Insurance Start Date

RA-TA Health Insurance Termination Date

(last full day of coverage)

Fall 8/1/20xx** 12/31/20xx
Spring 1/1/20xx** 7/31/20xx***

**Students must meet all semester GSSP eligibility requirements (including a graduate appointment that extends, at least, 30 days beyond the first day of classes) by Census Day in order to be eligible for the semester RA-TA Plan (Fall and Spring/Summer semesters).

***Beginning Summer 2018, all students participating in the RA-TA Health Insurance Plan for the Spring semester will retain their RA-TA Health Insurance coverage through 7/31, regardless of GSSP eligible graduate appointment type, graduation status or appointment end date. If a participating student does not need coverage for the summer period because they have an alternate form of coverage, the student can request early termination for the coverage period by completing the RA-TA Decline Form**Students must meet all semester GSSP eligibility requirements (including a graduate appointment that extends, at least, 30 days beyond the first day of classes) by Census Day in order to be eligible for the semester RA-TA Plan (Fall and Spring/Summer semesters).

 

 

All GSSP Eligibility Requirements Met Prior to Census

RA-TA Health Insurance Start Date

RA-TA Health Insurance Termination Date 

(last full day of coverage)

Fall 8/1/20xx** 12/31/20xx
Spring 1/1/20xx** 7/31/20xx***

**Students must meet all semester GSSP eligibility requirements (including a graduate appointment that extends, at least, 30 days beyond the first day of classes) by Census Day in order to be eligible for the semester RA-TA Plan (Fall and Spring/Summer semesters).

***Beginning Summer 2018, all students participating in the RA-TA Health Insurance Plan for the Spring semester will retain their RA-TA Health Insurance coverage through 7/31, regardless of GSSP eligible graduate appointment type, graduation status or appointment end date. If a participating student does not need coverage for the summer period because they have an alternate form of coverage, the student can request early termination for the coverage period by completing the RA-TA Decline Form**Students must meet all semester GSSP eligibility requirements (including a graduate appointment that extends, at least, 30 days beyond the first day of classes) by Census Day in order to be eligible for the semester RA-TA Plan (Fall and Spring/Summer semesters).

As of August 15, 2014 COBRA coverage is no longer an option for students losing coverage on the NC State RA-TA Plan.  

  • Students who lose coverage through the NC State RA-TA Plan and remain enrolled at North Carolina State University can contact Student Health Services (99-515-2563) or Student Blue (1-888-351-8283) at to determine if they are eligible for the University Mandatory Plan.  
  • Students who lose coverage through the NC State RA-TA Plan and do not plan to continue enrollment at the North Carolina State University (e.g., graduation) should shop for health insurance coverage at www.healthcare.gov (within 60 days of coverage loss) or explore coverage through their employer’s available options, as soon as possible.  

* Students must have alternate coverage before discontinuing or waiving the NC State RA-TA Plan given health insurance coverage is mandatory for all on-campus students.

Waive/Decline NC State RA-TA Health Insurance Plan

If you wish to decline (waive) coverage on the NC State RA-TA health insurance plan, please complete the form linked below. If the form is not working properly, please email your request to ncstate-gssp@ncsu.edu. Please remember include your name, student ID number, effective date of requested action, and briefly document the reason for declining coverage. If you are an international student, you are required to maintain health insurance throughout the duration of the I-20/DS-2019 — please do not complete this form unless you have alternative adequate health insurance coverage. Please see the Office of International Services for more information.

Request Form to Decline Health Insurance Coverage on NC State RA-TA Plan

Please remember that you also need to also waive the University Mandatory Plan (also known as the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)) if you have health insurance coverage outside of one of the university student health insurance plans.

**Please be aware that there is another Student Blue (BCBS of NC) administered plan on campus, the University Mandatory Plan (Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)). This health insurance plan option is for students ineligible for the Graduate Student Support Plan, but meet the eligibility requirements outlined on the Student Health Center website. Nonetheless, it is a plan similar in health insurance coverage to the NC State RA-TA plan (Graduate Student Support Plan), but the student is responsible for payment and enrollment into this plan.

Withdrawing a Previous Waive/Decline Request for NC State RA-TA Coverage

If you wish to withdraw a previously submitted/requested decline for NC State RA-TA coverage (in other words, to be eligible for coverage again), please complete the form linked below. If the form is not working properly, please email your request to ncstate-gssp@ncsu.edu. Please remember include your name, student ID number, effective date of requested action.

Withdraw Previous Waive/Decline Form