The Student Health Fee is the operational funding for all campus health programs, both clinical operations (medical care, mental health services, immunizations, sexual assault survivor support, prevention education, maintaining medical records, and 24/7 phone coverage—213-740-9355 (WELL)—to connect to these services) and programs related to public health: Covid-19 screening, testing, public health notification and contact tracing; consent and healthy relationships programs; substance use prevention and education; mental health outreaches during crisis, and more.

Patients are encouraged to be proactive users of prevention and primary care services; and to contact Student Health for urgent medical or confidential mental health services. Parents, faculty, and campus partners are encouraged to engage with USC Student Health,, as a resource to support optimal student health and well-being in their respective home and teaching environments.

For fall/spring semesters, the fee is required for all students enrolled in 6 units or more, all international students, and all students in degree programs at the Health Sciences Campus. For summer programs, the fee is applied to all students enrolled in summer courses.

All matriculated non-registered students are eligible to opt-in to pay the summer Student Health Fee. This includes:

  • Continuing students
  • May graduating students of the current/ending academic year
  • Fall admitted students for the upcoming academic year

Students who would like to continue accessing services (primary care visits, illness/injury visits, immunizations, mental health visits, group therapy, workshops) through USC Student Health over the summer may opt-in for the summer health fee for either one or both summer session periods.

There are some additional costs described below. If you have any questions regarding cost and services, please contact

Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP, provided through Aetna): Coverage and Costs

Insurance coverage ensures that students have access to additional care outside of USC Student Health primary care services, such as longer term mental health care, visits to urgent care centers after hours, specialist visits, surgery/hospitalization coverage, as well as prescription coverage and vision care.

Deadline for Insurance Coverage Decision:

If you are a full-time/international/health professions student, you are automatically enrolled in the SHIP/Aetna Plan. The charges will appear on your semesterly bill. If you opt to bring a different plan to campus, you must apply for a waiver by the dates listed below.

  • Fall 2023 Semester: Sept 8, 2023
  • Spring 2024 Semester: Jan. 26, 2024
  • Fall 2024 Semester: Sept. 13, 2024
  • Spring 2025 Semester: Jan. 31, 2025
  • Fall 2025 Semester: Sept. 12, 2025
  • Spring 2026 Semester: Jan. 30, 2026
  • Fall 2026 Semester: Sept. 11, 2026
  • Spring 2027 Semester : Jan. 29, 2027

What’s Covered Through the USC SHIP/Aetna Plan?

SHIP/Aetna 3 Tiers of coverage:

  • Tier 1, USC Designated Preferred Care Providers – 90% Coverage
    • Keck Medicine of USC
    • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
    • USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
    • Good Samaritan Hospital
    • USC/Norris Comprehensive Center and Hospital
    • Las Encinas (Behavioral Health)
    • BHC Alhambra (Behavioral Health)
    • Glendale Adventist (Behavioral Health)
    • The Haven @ College (Behavioral Health)
  • Tier 2, Aetna Preferred Care Providers – 80% Coverage,
  • Tier 3 – Out of Network Providers, 50% Coverage


  • $20 copay for medical visits (in-person and telehealth) with Tier 1 and Tier 2 providers;
  • $10 copay for mental and behavioral health visits (in-person and telehealth) with Tier 1 and Tier 2 providers;
  • $50 co-pay for all walk in clinic visits/urgent care visits to insurance-based urgent care centers.

Appointment Policy and Cost Structure

Medical Services Appointments

  • Visits in USC Student Health are covered by Student Health Fee, insurance and co-pays do not apply. Includes appointments for primary care (physicals, illness/injury, reproductive/sexual health) and specialist visits (allergy, dermatology, nutrition, orthopedics, travel-related immunization consultation). Note: specialist visits require a referral from a USC Student Health provider.
  • If a student arrives 10 or more minutes late to an appointment, the appointment is canceled. The student will need to reschedule their appointment at

Counseling Services Appointments

  • Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, Referral Appointments and Crisis Intervention Sessions: provided through the Student Health Fee.”
  • Psychiatry: provided through the Student Health Fee.
  • Workshops, “Let’s Talk,” and other outreaches provided through the Student Health Fee.
  • Late appointment cancellations of less than 24 hours notice or no shows: $20.

Payment Options: Students have five business days to select a preferred payment method. Students are able to pay for services in-person, via MySHR or over the phone. If a payment method is not selected, charges are sent the student’s financial account with the University.

See the Current Costs below:

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