Mandatory Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

All full-time undergraduate, full-time graduate and first professional students, law school students, and international students (full-time and part-time), are required to have comprehensive medical coverage in the Pittsburgh area. To comply with this mandate, students must either enroll in the Duquesne University Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) OR waive out of it with proof of health insurance that meets the below list of criteria.

This process is separate from the Health Services department requirements!

Before you waive the Duquesne SHIP:

Contact your insurance carrier to find out if you have comprehensive coverage in Pittsburgh, PA. Area providers and Duquesne University Health Services will bill for services, and you will be solely responsible for those medical expenses your insurance does not cover.

Your plan must:

  • Provide full comprehensive coverage in Pittsburgh, PA - not just emergency services
  • Include coverage for testing and treatment of illness from pandemics, such as COVID-19
  • NOT exclude pre-existing conditions
  • PAY providers directly (no reimbursement policies)
  • INCLUDE mental health coverage
  • NOT exclude payment for illness or injury occurring under the influence of drugs and alcohol
  • SPAN the entire student registration (no short-term policies)
    • Annual Term 8/1/2021 - 7/31/2022
    • Fall Term 8/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
    • Spring Term 1/1/2022 - 7/31/2022

In addition to the above waiver criteria, INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS must all submit a copy of their plans to QM Services before their waiver is finalized. Please submit a copy of your insurance card and an English copy of your full Insurance policy to Anne Kocsis at It will be reviewed to determine if it meets the above and the following:

  • Does it pay claims to US providers directly in U.S. dollars? No reimbursement policies are permitted.
  • Does it use a U.S.-based claims processing center?
  • What are the effective dates of coverage? Students are required to have full comprehensive coverage the entire time they are in the US.
  • Does the policy have any limitations or exclusions in the benefits. If so, they all must be reviewed.

WAIVE the 2021-22 SHIP, if your health insurance meets the criteria listed above, to remove the charge from your student account.

New students who fail to respond by February 15, 2022, will automatically be enrolled in the SHIP; and attempts to cancel enrollment after the deadline will incur premium and administrative fees of no less than $63, even if you do not use the SHIP. Please note uploading your insurance card to the Health Services portal does not satisfy the SHIP waiver requirement.  You must supply the information to the SHIP administrators at

ENROLL in the 2021-22 SHIP if your insurance plan does not meet the criteria listed above or if the SHIP will save you money.

You MUST take action to enroll in the SHIP - you will not be automatically enrolled for the Spring semester unless you completely fail to respond by the February 15, 2022 deadline.

The Duquesne SHIP is a one-year term of insurance effective 8/1/2021 - 7/31/2022. The total cost of coverage is $2,273.76 and will be charged to your student account in two installments. $1,168.38 in the Fall and $1,105.38 in the Spring. If you are enrolling as a new student for Spring 2022, the plan will cover you for seven months, from January 1 - July 31, 2022.  The cost on your student account will be $1,352.61.

Once you are enrolled in the SHIP, the carrier will not allow cancellations, except in the case of a Qualifying Life Event.

For More Information

Visit QM Services to learn about:

  • Duquesne University SHIP benefits and costs
  • Information regarding out-of-state Medicaid
  • Special message for international students
  • Dependent enrollment
  • Optional vision insurance for students and their families
  • Optional dental coverage is available for basic to major services, even orthodontics, with coverage for students and their families

Duquesne contracts with independent student health insurance administrators and advocates at QM Services, Inc. For assistance, please call QM Services at 800-273-1715 - ext. 2.

Please consult Health Services online, or contact them at 412.396.1650 for information regarding their services for students.