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Vision Insurance Coverage

For Graduate Students with Waiver-generating Appointments

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign provides vision insurance for graduate students holding waiver-generating assistantship or fellowship appointments at no additional cost through EyeMed Fidelity Security Life. To find out if your appointment qualifies, please consult the Graduate College Handbook.

Students with waiver-generating appointments are automatically enrolled in the plan upon the completion of their appointment papers. Please note the coverage start and end dates when scheduling appointments with vision providers.

Coverage Periods

  • For students with an appointment beginning in the fall term, the coverage period begins on September 1 and continues through August 31.
  • For students with an appointment beginning in the spring term, coverage begins on February 1 and continues through August 31.

Adding Dependents

Students with waiver-generating appointments who wish to add dependents (spouse, domestic partner, or children) must enroll them via the Student Insurance website during the Enrollment/Change period (see the section below).


Graduate student with a waiver-generating appointment - $0.

Plan Information

FAQ for students with waiver-generating appointments


For All Other Graduate and Undergraduate Students or for Adding Dependants

All other graduate students and undergraduate students can voluntarily enroll in the same vision insurance plan by paying the annual premium. Students may also voluntarily enroll dependents (spouse, domestic partner, or children) for coverage. Students wishing to voluntarily enroll themselves or their dependents must do so during the Enrollment/Change Period via the Student Insurance website.

Enrollment/Change Period

  • The enrollment period is September 1-September 29

Go to the Student INSURANCE Website