GSS Benefit Plan

Graduate students who start their graduate programs in September or January of a given year are automatically enrolled into the Benefit Plan. (May-start students must self-enrol for their first semester at SFU.)

Fees for the plan are automatically charged to your student account along with graduate tuition and other fees. The fees are front-loaded for the full policy year (Sept-Aug) and charged to your student account in the Fall semester (or, for January-start students, coverage from Jan-Aug is charged to your account in the Spring semester).  Complete information about the plan, including details on submitting claims, opting out, and adding family coverage, is available on the SFU Graduate Benefit Plan website.

If you have questions or concerns about the GSS Benefit Plan that are not addressed on the GSS website or ihaveaplan.ca, please email the Graduate Services Coordinator.

Request for Special Consideration

The opt out and enrolment dates associated with the graduate benefit plan are firm deadlines. However, if you were unable to opt out or enrol during the normal change of coverage period due to extraordinary circumstances, you may submit a Request for Special Consideration to the GSS Benefit Plan Committee using the following request form:
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Note that simply forgetting the benefit plan deadlines or failing to monitor your student account of tuition & fees and/or your @sfu.ca student email account do not qualify as extraordinary circumstances. The GSS and the Benefit Plan Committee reserve the right to deny any request.

There are also deadlines for submitting a Request for Special Consideration, as follows:
     - Requests related to Fall semester enrolment must be submitted by November 30.
     - Requests related to Spring semester enrolment must be submitted by March 31.
     - Requests related to Summer semester enrolment must be submitted by July 31.

The Benefit Plan Committee meets once per month; thus, requests may not be reviewed for several weeks following submission depending on the scheduled meeting dates. Please see the Benefit Plan Committee Terms of Reference for more information about the committee’s structure and its mandate from GSS Council.