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Vision Insurance Coverage

Graduate Students with Waiver-Generating Appointments

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides vision insurance for graduate students holding waiver-generating appointments, at no additional cost. Consult the Graduate College Handbook to see if your appointment qualifies.

Students in this group will be automatically enrolled in the plan upon the completion of their appointment papers.

For students with an appointment beginning in the fall term, the coverage period begins on September 1. For students with an appointment beginning in the spring term, coverage begins February 1. Please take this into consideration when scheduling appointments. Coverage will continue through August 31.

All Other Graduate Students

All other graduate students can voluntarily enroll in the same vision insurance plan by paying the annual premium. Students wishing to voluntarily enroll themselves or their dependents must enroll during the Enrollment/Change Period listed below.

Dependents

Graduate students may also voluntarily enroll dependents (spouse/domestic partner/child) for coverage. Students wishing to voluntarily enroll themselves or their dependents must enroll during the Enrollment/Change Period listed below.

Plan Information

The vision plan is provided by EyeMed Vision Care. 

Graduate Assistants and Fellows, see the plan brochure.

Graduate students who are not assistants or fellows, see the plan brochure.

To see a list of local participating providers go to http://www.eyemedvisioncare.com. In the "Select a Network" drop-down box, choose "Select" and enter your zip code.

Voluntary Enrollment

To voluntarily enroll or to enroll dependents (spouse/domestic partner/child) for vision insurance, you need to fill out and submit the Vision Care Enrollment Form (PDF) during the Enrollment/Change Period (see below).

Enrollment/Change Period

For the 2016-2017 academic year, the Enrollment/Change Period will be as follows for both dental and vision insurance coverage:

  • FALL - the enrollment period is September 1 through September 30, 2016
  • SPRING - the enrollment period is February 1 through February 28, 2017