Eligibility and Charges

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VCU Student Health does not accept health insurance.  Visits are covered by a health fee charged to students each semester.  However, the health fee does not cover the cost of medications, complete physicals, certain labs, referrals, etc.  Please refer below to "Other Clinic Fees" and "What's Covered? What's Not?" for detailed information.  

Student Health strongly encourages students to purchase individual health insurance to cover their health care needs.

Student Health Fee

All full-time students, graduate and undergraduate, are required to pay a health fee. The $103 fee is automatically billed each semester (fall and spring) to the student's account, along with tuition and university fee charges.

Part-time students taking a minimum of three credit hours may also be seen at Student Health and are encouraged to do so. The fee is billed to the student account when the part-time student seeks services. Students who change their status from part-time to full-time will be charged the full semester fee.

The summer health fee is a one-time fee charged to students who choose to use Student Health during the summer. The fee is billed to the student account when the student seeks services. VCU students who have been enrolled in the spring and will be enrolled in the fall are eligible to use Student Health in the summer.

Health Fee Refunds

Before add/drop week at the beginning of each semester, students who change their status from full-time to part-time may receive a full refund of the health fee if they choose.

After add/drop week, no refunds will be given to students who change from full-time to part-time. 

Students who pay the fee and withdraw completely from VCU will be given refunds only at the discretion of the Student Health director or assistant director.

Other Clinic Fees
  • $30 Physical Exam
  • $45 Well Woman Exam (includes Pap Smear and screening for gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, and syphilis)
  • STI Screens
    • $15 Gonorrhea & Chlamydia testing
    • $15 HIV & Syphilis testing
  • $10 Allergy Injection Visit (students must supply the serum and detailed instructions from their allergist)
What's Covered? What's Not?

Services covered by the Health Fee:

  • All services, examinations, consultations and minor procedures by Student Health nursing, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and physician staff.
  • Most laboratory tests associated with acute illnesses ordered by Student Health staff.
  • After-hours phone consultation for urgent medical issues.
  • Health education activities sponsored by Student Health. There may be a minimal fee for specific classes.

Services not covered by the Health Fee:

  • Emergency room visits, emergency transportation or hospitalization for any reason.
  • Laboratory tests associated with chronic illnesses, routine gynecological care, STI screening tests and tests that are not medically indicated.
  • X-rays and other imaging tests.
  • Medications (prescription and over-the-counter).
  • Immunizations.
  • Referrals to specialists outside of Student Health.
  • Allergy skin testing, evaluation, and cost of serum for hyposensitization (allergy shots).  
  • Dental care, routine eye examination and refraction for eyeglasses, prosthetic devices (such as braces and crutches), speech therapy, physical therapy, psychotherapy or any items not listed under covered services.
  • Expenses incurred as a result of accidental injury if treatment is needed outside of the Student Health clinic.