Graduate Student Support Plan (GSSP)

The Graduate Student Support Plan is a highly 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 theĀ Graduate Student Support Plan Student Handbook in order to become more familiar with the NC State Graduate Student Support Plan.

Other Useful Information

GSSP Eligibility Summary (Checklist)

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

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 2016: August 1st
Spring 2017: 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 continually assessed. If a student fails to meet any one of the below GSSP eligibility requirements, they will be terminated from coverage at the end of the closest billing/coverage cycle. 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
  3. Active in an on-campus master’s or doctoral program

The chartsĀ linked below will also aid in helping students determine their coverage termination date.

Appointment End Date
(last day worked)
RA-TA Health Insurance Termination
(last full day of coverage)
5/16/2016 – 9/16/2016
(Fall Semester Eligibility*)
8/15/2016
9/17/2016 – 10/5/2016 9/30/2016
10/6/2016 – 11/5/2016 10/31/2016
11/6/2016 – 12/5/2016 11/30/2016
12/6/2016 – 2/8/2017
(Spring Semester Eligibility*)
12/31/2016
2/9/2017 – 3/5/2017 2/28/2017
3/6/2017 – 4/5/2017 3/31/2017
4/6/2017 – 5/5/2017 4/30/2017
5/6/2017 – 5/15/2017 7/31/2017

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

Appointment End Date
(last day worked)
RA-TA Health Insurance Termination
(last full day of coverage)
6/22/2016 – 7/21/2016 7/15/2016
7/22/2016 – 9/16/2016
(Fall Semester Eligibility*)
8/15/2016
9/17/2016 – 10/5/2016 9/30/2016
10/6/2016 – 11/5/2016 10/31/2016
11/6/2016 – 12/5/2016 11/30/2016
12/6/2016 – 2/8/2017
(Spring Semester Eligibility*)
12/31/2016
2/9/2017 – 3/5/2017 2/28/2017
3/6/2017 – 4/5/2017 3/31/2017
4/6/2017 – 5/5/2017 4/30/2017
5/6/2017 – 6/5/2017 5/31/2017
6/6/2017 – 7/5/2017 6/30/2017
7/6/2017 – 8/5/2017 7/31/2017

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

Appointment End Date
(last day worked)
RA-TA Health Insurance Termination
(last full day of coverage)
6/22/2016 – 7/21/2016 7/15/2016
7/22/2016 – 9/16/2016
(Fall Semester Eligibility*)
8/15/2016
9/17/2016 – 10/5/2016 9/30/2016
10/6/2016 – 11/5/2016 10/31/2016
11/6/2016 – 12/5/2016 11/30/2016
12/6/2016 – 2/8/2017
(Spring Semester Eligibility*)
12/31/2016
2/9/2017 – 3/5/2017 2/28/2017
3/6/2017 – 4/5/2017 3/31/2017
4/6/2017 – 5/5/2017 4/30/2017
5/6/2017 – 6/5/2017 5/31/2017
6/6/2017 – 7/5/2017 6/30/2017
7/6/2017 – 8/5/2017 7/31/2017

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

Appointment End Date
(last day worked)
RA-TA Health Insurance Termination
(last full day of coverage)
6/22/2016 – 7/21/2016 7/15/2016
7/22/2016 – 9/16/2016
(Fall Semester Eligibility*)
8/15/2016
9/17/2016 – 10/5/2016 9/30/2016
10/6/2016 – 11/5/2016 10/31/2016
11/6/2016 – 12/5/2016 11/30/2016
12/6/2016 – 2/8/2017
(Spring Semester Eligibility*)
12/31/2016
2/9/2017 – 3/5/2017 2/28/2017
3/6/2017 – 4/5/2017 3/31/2017
4/6/2017 – 5/5/2017 4/30/2017
5/6/2017 – 6/5/2017 5/31/2017
6/6/2017 – 7/5/2017 6/30/2017
7/6/2017 – 8/5/2017 7/31/2017

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

Please see the link below regarding separation from RA-TA Health Insurance coverage.

RA-TA Health Insurance Plan Separation

Only students that currently (actively) meet all University eligible requirements for the GSSP can be enrolled in the NC State RA-TA health insurance plan (BCBS NC).

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