Opt-out

If you have comparable alternate coverage, you may opt out of the extended health and/or dental insurance plan. The deadline to opt out is September 30 (January 31 for January start students).

All opt-outs must be renewed by submitting a new Opt-Out form every year.

An online opt-out option is available during the month of September only.

Note that if you decide to pay your tuition in monthly installments, signing up with Uvic Accounting Services, you need to opt out of insurance plan by September 15 to make sure your monthly tuition installments are calculated correctly.

Opt-outs are also permitted within 30 days of a change to your insurance situation. If you acquire new 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-out. Alternatively, you may decide to keep the GSS insurance plan and coordinate the benefits of two plans. 

Find the opt-out form in the Forms section of the website. Opt-outs can be done in person or by email at gsoc[at]uvic.ca.

In order to opt out, you need to show proof that you have comparable alternate insurance coverage. Examples include an insurance card, a letter from your insurance company or employer letter on letterhead. Students should be aware that opt-outs are randomly audited.

When you graduate or withdraw, you may keep the insurance coverage until it expires on August 31 or you may decide to opt out. If you decide to opt out, your coverage will be terminated at the end of the term in which you graduated or earlier if you are leaving the country permanently. The 30-days rule applies, however. In other words, you need to let the GSS know of your intention to opt out within 30 days of being eligible for an opt-out. If you are planning to opt out of the insurance plan because you graduate or withdraw, contact the Health and Dental Plan Coordinator sooner rather than later.