Opt-ins are available for full-time students (who are not automatically charged with their tuition) and for families.

Opt-In Forms are available in the Forms section of the website. Students who want to sign up for an opt-in for themselves and their family need to submit both a Distance Opt-In form and a Family Opt-In form.

All insurance coverage expire on August 31. Opt-ins must be renewed by submitting a new Opt-In form every year.

Opt-ins are also permitted within 30 days of a change to your insurance situation. If you no longer have comparable alternate coverage at any point during the school year, you have 30 days to contact the Health and Dental Plan Coordinator to enquire about an opt-in.

Opt-in fees are payable to the GSS. Opt-ins can be done in person or by email at gsoc@uvic.ca.


Insurance fees are determined by referendum of all voting members of the GSS.

September 2019 fees

 Full-time, on-campus studentFull-time distance student or family opt-in 
Extended Health$407$412


January 2020 fees

 Full-time, on-campus studentFull-time distance student or family opt-in 
Extended Health$271.33$274.67


Payment Options


  • Cash
  • Debit
  • Cheque (payable to “UVic Graduate Students’ Society”)
  • Interac e-transfer (Contact the Health and Dental Plan Coordinator at gsoc@uvic.ca for detailed instructions.)
  • Pre-authorized monthly instalments (the first month needs to be paid right away using one of the above)


Find the Pre-Authorized Debit Agreement form in the Forms section of the website. Payments are withdrawn from your account on the 15th of each month. The first payment must be made when submitting your opt-in form(s), using one of the other payment methods available.

May start students


Students who start their graduate program in May are not automatically added to the insurance plans, but they have the possibility of opting themselves in (as well as their family) for the summer semester. The opt-in deadline for the summer semester is May 31st, 2019. Opt-ins are available for the Extended Health plan, Dental, or both. Contact the GSS if you wish to sign up for an opt-in.

Please note that students enrolling in the dental plan after March 1st get a reduced financial limit on their claims. Make sure to speak to the GSS staff for full details. Opt-ins/outs need to be renewed each September. For more information the GSS Health Plan Coordinator at gsoc@uvic.ca