Graduate Assistants

**Need insurance? Please scroll down to the SPRING 2024 Open Enrollment information LISTED below!

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 Academic HealthPlans (AHP) and underwritten by Aetna (the health insurance plan provider).

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 2023-2024 individual annual premium is $3,144.00. USF has tentatively agreed to pay up to $2,762.00 of the annual premium for eligible GAs with at least a .25 FTE. Students will be responsible for the difference in annual premium of $382.00. Please see the GA Subsidy Biweekly Processing Schedule for a break-down of the deduction schedule. 

The University’s contribution is paid directly to the administrator, Academic HealthPlans (AHP). 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).


Once you have an offer letter, allow 5-10 days for an activation invite email from the Academic Health Plans enrollment portal, ( You must have this invite to be able to enroll for the GA/RA/TA Subsidy Insurance Policy.  

If you are experiencing issues with online enrollment, please contact Academic HealthPlans directly at (888) 896-5797 or visit

GA/RA/TA Enrollment Deadlines

  • Domestic Students = February 16, 2024
  • International Students = January 12, 2024**

** International Student deadline of January 12, 2024 to meet the State of Florida mandate for insurance coverage. The USF Student Health and Wellness Center's insurance office will confirm your enrollment directly with Academic HealthPlans and update OASIS accordingly.

For general information about enrolling in the plan or eligibility, visit the USF Student Health and Wellness Center website or contact them through their Jotform

For questions concerning the content of the plan, please see the GA Insurance Plan Benefits page or contact the Academic HealthPlans (AHP) customer support team.

For questions regarding the GA subsidy, email the Central Human Resources – Benefits Office at

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