You must either elect or decline student health insurance. UAB requires that all graduate students have health insurance. If you have insurance through either a parent or spouse and do not want/need student health coverage, be sure to use the Waiver option as you move through BlazerNet to release your registration hold (see bullet points below).

For those who will be covered by student health insurance, remember that GBS only pays for single health coverage. If you choose to also have coverage for any dependent(s), you will be responsible for paying for this additional coverage. Student health insurance posts to your student account in fall and spring semesters. GBS will pay the dollar value for the individual coverage. The remaining amount to cover the cost of your dependent(s) is your responsibility and will need to be cleared from your student account before the end of each semester in which coverage costs post to avoid a hold on your registration.

Instructions to release your student health/registration hold from your account (which also includes insurance waiver)

  • Log in to BlazerNet:
  • Click “Personal Information” at the top of the page.
  • Click “Mandatory Student Health Insurance Selection/Waiver” towards the bottom of the page.
  • Verify if you will be returning in the fall.
  • Verify the address where you will live while taking classes at UAB. This step is very important. Any student who uses an out-of-state address in this section will be charged for out-of-state insurance. If you have not moved here yet, please click "Moving to Alabama but don’t know my address yet."
  • Click either "I will have my own personal health insurance coverage" if you do not need student health insurance (because you have outside insurance either through parent or spouse) or "I wish to purchase health insurance coverage through UAB" if you do not have private insurance and need student health coverage.
  • If you choose to waive coverage, you will be asked to provide coverage information. Enter information and click on "Confirm insurance."
  • The final screen should summarize your choices.
  • Go back to BlazerNet home and the hold should be removed.
  • If you encounter a problem, please contact Candace Ragsdale at Student Health by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (205) 996-2589.

Instructions on signing up for health insurance:

If you did not sign a waiver, you need student health insurance, which is a requirement for all graduate students. See the link below to download an application. There are several potential start dates: June 1 (early summer admit), July 14 (Neuroscience Theme) or August 8 (most popular start date).

Please use the GBS address—1825 University Blvd, Birmingham AL 35294—on the application where you are expected to list your local address. This will ensure you are seen as a local versus out-of-state student.

Student health insurance becomes effective on:

  • Early Admits: June 1, 2017
  • Fall Admits: August 8, 2017

Useful Links

Deadline to sign-up: August 1