Penn Graduate Student Center Resources

Grants to help defray the cost of insurance for PhD Students

The University offers two grant programs for PhD students to help offset the cost of health insurance and dental insurance. These grants are funded by the Office of the Provost and administered by the Graduate Student Center and the Office of Student Registration and Financial Services.

The application for the 2018 Grant Programs is now closed.

Health Insurance Grant for PhD students beyond funding years

This need-based grant program helps to offset the cost of health insurance for PhD students who are no longer funded by their departments. The Health Insurance Grant Program provides annual grants, up to $2,000, to PhD students who meet certain income eligibility criteria. This grant is funded by the Office of the Provost and administered by the Graduate Student Center and the Office of Student Registration & Financial Services. Applications and supporting documents must be submitted electronically by October 12, 2018. Direct all questions to center@gsc.upenn.edu

Eligible doctoral students must:

How to Apply

Submit the completed online application and all required documentation through Secure Share by the posted deadline.Incomplete forms, forms submitted without documentation, and forms submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

A complete application includes:

If you are approved to receive a grant, you should know:

Dental Insurance Reimbursement Grants for PhD and EdD students

The Office of the Provost provides grants to reimburse 50% of the cost of Penn Dental insurance for all PhD students who purchase insurance by September. Additionally, the Graduate School of Education reimburses 50% for all Full Time Residential EdD students who are within their first seven years of study. Both programs are administered by the Graduate Student Center and Penn Dental.

To receive the partial reimbursement grant, you must:

The grant is intended as a partial reimbursement and not an up-front subsidy. Students are responsible for the full cost of purchasing insurance and may incur late fees if these are not paid on time.

Grant Disbursement Process

Eligible students who enroll by the deadline will automatically receive the $215 grant by late October - early November. The dispersement process involves a few steps:

Direct all other questions to center@gsc.upenn.edu


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