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Health Insurance and Benefits

UW Teaching and research assistants (who work at least 20 hours per week) and trainees who earn at least $800 per month are provided insurance through the UW Graduate Appointee Insurance Program, including medical, dental and vision benefits. The UW also pays a portion of the premium to provide medical coverage for a student's dependents.

Graduate students who have appointments that are ineligible for UW-paid medical coverage may self pay through the Graduate Appointee Insurance Program .

Graduate students who are not appointees may purchase basic health coverage through the UW Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).

If you do not have any other type of health insurance, student health insurance is strongly recommended. International students must sign up for student insurance to register.

Child Care
  • The Childcare Assistance Program
    provides information about on-campus and off-campus childcare facilities, financial assistance and lactation/changing stations on campus.