Penn Graduate Student Center Resources

Grants to help defray the cost of insurance for PhD Students

In the spring of 2017, the University announced the creation of 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 2017 Grant Programs has closed

Health Insurance Grant for PhD students beyond funding years

This 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 6, 2017. Direct all questions to center@gsc.upenn.edu

Eligible doctoral students must:

Below are the required documentation* items that must be submitted through Secure Share to Charquinta Sullivan (csul@upenn.edu):

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

Dental Insurance Subsidy for PhD and EdD students

The Office of the Provost subsidizes 50% of the cost of Penn Dental insurance for all PhD students. Additionally, the Graduate School of Education subsidizes 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.

PhD and EdD students and must enroll in the Penn Dental Plan by September 29, 2017. If you enroll by this date you will automatically receive a $215 credit to your student account by the end of October 2017. You will receive a direct deposit (if you do not have direct deposit, the funds will be applied to your TotalPay Card). If you have an outstanding balance, the funds will be applied to your bill.

Students who enroll in Penn Dental after September 29 are not eligible for this reimbursement.

Direct all questions to center@gsc.upenn.edu

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