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Vision Insurance Coverage

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 can voluntarily enroll in the same vision insurance plan by paying the annual premium. Graduate students may also voluntarily enroll dependents (spouse/domestic partner/children) for coverage. Students wishing to voluntarily enroll themselves or their dependents must enroll during the Enrollment/Change Period listed below.

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

The vision plan is provided by EyeMed Vision Care. 
For plan details for graduate assistants and fellows, see the plan brochure (PDF).
For plan details for graduate students who are not assistants or fellows, see the plan brochure (PDF).

To see a list of local participating providers go to In the "Select a Network" drop-down box, choose "Select" and enter your zip code. For the 2015-2016 academic year, the Enrollment/Change Period will be as follows for both dental and vision insurance coverage:

For fall, the enrollment period is September 1 through September 30, 2015

For spring, the enrollment period is February 1 through February 28, 2016