After Graduation

E-mail

Alumni Address IDs (@uchicago.edu forwarding addresses) are no longer being offered.  You will maintain your @uchicago.edu addresses; ITS xMail email accounts will be closed two quarters after graduation, but the @uchicago.edu email address will continue to work if it is forwarded to an off-campus email provider.  To forward your @uchicago.edu email address, visit the xMail forwarding page: https://cnet.uchicago.edu/forwarding

Card Keys

Your Card Keys will remain active until August 1st.

Parking

Don't forget to turn in your pass to the Parking Facilities Office, 55th & Ellis before you leave.  Parking passes are only good thru June 30th at all lots.

Lockers

All graduating students' lockers must be cleaned out by June 16th. However, students remaining in Chicago to study for the bar exam may keep their lockers until August 1st. If you are planning to remain in Chicago, please email Candace Bergeron at cbergeron@uchicago.edu no later than June 16th. 

Health Coverage

There are two issues relating to health coverage:

1. Insurance
2. The Student Life Fee

Note: The University Student Health Plan (U-SHIP) and the Student Life Fee - which gives students access to the Student Health Service and the Student Counseling Service - are two different things and this seems to confuse everyone.

Insurance 

If you paid for USHIP coverage for all three quarters this year (Autumn/Winter/Spring), and have not lost eligibility (e.g., restricted status, leave of absence, etc), you will be covered through the summer at no additional cost until August 31st. You do not have to do anything - this is automatic.

If you or a dependent started on the plan after Autumn Quarter, you are enrolled in the insurance and you are billed a Summer Quarter premium installment. The current U-SHIP plan year runs from September 1, 2013 through August 31, 2014.

If you have specific questions about your insurance coverage through August 31st, you can contact:

On Campus Insurance Coordinators, United Healthcare Student Resources
phone: (773) 834-4543 (Press Option #2)/ fax: (773) 753-4544
e-mail:  uchicagoadvocates@uhcsr.com

Student Life Fee

Your decision about whether or not to pay the Summer Student Life Fee depends on where you will be this summer.

For students staying in Chicago this summer:

United Healthcare offers a national network of preferred providers. However, referrals are required from Student Health Service and Student Counseling Service for outpatient specialist visits and other services, unless you are living more than 50 miles from campus (see the U-SHIP Policy Guide for other exceptions to requirements for SHCS referrals).  Expenses incurred for outpatient physician visits, consultations, mental health visits, and other services for which no prior approval or referral has been obtained from SHCS will be subject to an additional $50 charge per service.

If you plan on using medical and/or mental health services this summer, and you will be within 100 miles of the University, we highly recommend paying the Summer Student Life Fee, as this gives students full access to Student Health Service and Student Counseling Service.  If you do not pay the Student Life Fee and have to see a doctor, you will be responsible for any charges billed by an in-network primary care provider, in addition to any $50 non-referral charge(s) if additional tests, services or consultations are required.

For more information on the Summer Student Life Fee, go to https://studenthealth.uchicago.edu/page/summer-coverage.  

Note: Your health insurance covers you for visits to emergency rooms (here and elsewhere) and visits to specialists if the referral was made prior to the end of Spring Quarter (Only one referral is required per condition for the duration of the time that the student is enrolled in U-SHIP; if you purchase the Summer Student Life Fee, you are eligible to receive new referrals at SHCS, if needed, to enable you to access additional specialist services). For assistance in determining if your symptoms qualify as an emergency, contact the 24-hour Nurse Advice Line at 773-702-1915.

For additional information on your insurance coverage, please go to: https://studenthealth.uchicago.edu/page/insurance-2013-2014.

For students leaving town this summer:

If you are leaving town, you will not need to pay this Student Life Fee because your health insurance, U-SHIP, covers you like regular insurance where you pay a deductible and the plan covers the balance consistent with your insurance coverage. For additional information on your insurance coverage, please go to: https://studenthealth.uchicago.edu/page/insurance-2013-2014.

Insurance After August 31st:

Coverage for the 2013-2014 plan year will conclude on August 31, 2014. Students who are enrolled in U-SHIP who either become ineligible for coverage, or whose coverage terminates at the end of the plan year, may purchase continuation coverage for up to 6 months of additional insurance coverage. Continuation coverage is available directly through United Healthcare Student Resources, the insurance carrier for U-SHIP; premiums are paid directly to United Healthcare and must be received within 31 days of the termination date of coverage. 

Please see http://studenthealth.uchicago.edu/page/continuation-coverage-2014-2015 or or contact United Healthcare Student Resources at uchicagoadvocates@uhcsr.com for more information about how to extend health care coverage for you or your dependents. 

Post-graduation coverage for alumni is also available from Meyer and Associates.  Meyer's information is available online at www.meyerandassoc.com.  It sells bridge insurance (Short term health insurance ranging from 30 days to 6 months).  Because Meyer affiliates with many Universities, you get a group rate that may make the premiums lower than they would be for individual health plans.  Group plans also are available through the ABA and other law-related organizations.  These plans have no relationship to the University's U-SHIP insurance.  The Law School does not endorse any of these plans.