Graduate Assistants

One of the benefits of being a Graduate Assistant/Associate (GA) at USF is that you may participate in the USF Student Health Insurance Plan and, as a GA, may be eligible to have your insurance premium paid by the university. The Student Health Insurance Plan is administered by Arthur J Gallagher & Co. and underwritten by UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company.

To be eligible, you must be a full time GA in good standing (including meeting the credit hour and GPA requirements of the Graduate School and your academic program) with at least a .25 FTE (10 hours per week) appointment in one or more of the following Job Codes:

  • Graduate Research Associate - Job Code 9181
  • Graduate Research Assistant - Job Code 9182
  • Graduate Teaching Associate - Job Code 9183
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant - Job Code 9184
  • Graduate Assistant (non-exempt) - Job Code 9185
  • Graduate Assistant (exempt) - Job Code 9550

The 2020-2021 individual annual premium is $2,915.00.  USF will pay up to $2,477.48 of the annual premium for eligible GAs with at least a .25 FTE. Students will be responsible for the difference in annual premium of $437.52. Please see the GA Subsidy Biweekly Processing Schedule for the Fiscal Year for a break-down of the deduction schedule. 

**The above rates are set by Article 23.2 of the 2017-2020 USF-GAU Collective Bargaining Agreement. They are subject to change pending ongoing negotiations with Graduate Assistants United.

The university’s contribution is paid directly to the administrator, Arthur J Gallagher & Co. GAs must enroll in the plan during the Open Enrollment period to be eligible and insurable for the semester(s) of employment, and must maintain eligibility throughout the semester(s).

Fall Open Enrollment: July 31, 2020 – September 28, 2020

To enroll during Open Enrollment, visit the Open Enrollment Website and follow these steps:

  1. If you are using a computer, click on 'Student Enroll' under 'Student Access'. If you are using a mobile device, tap 'Quick Links', then 'Student Enroll'. (You must create a login first to enroll into the coverage)

  2. Log in using the instructions provided under 'Student Login' on the upper right hand corner of the page.

  3. Please answer the questions to be directed to the applicable online enrollment form. (You should have a copy of your Offer Letter available when completing the application.)

The Frequently Asked Questions about the GA Insurance Subsidy provides additional information about enrollment, eligibility, the subsidy, and more. For questions regarding the GA subsidy, call Human Resources at (813) 974-2970.

For questions concerning the content of the plan, including coverage details, contact Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk at 1 (877) 539-3492, via Live ChatOnline Inquiry or email them at

For questions concerning referrals, claims, and services rendered contact UnitedHealthcare at 1 (866) 948-8472 or email them at

The Student Health Insurance Office is located in the SHS Annex, next to the Student Health Services Building, and administers the student health insurance program. For more information visit the Student Health Services website, call (813) 974-5407, or email

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