Full-time Students ONLY


Please note: The deadline to complete the waiver with a full refund of the insurance fee is September 20. (January 30 for spring only full time students) Requests to cancel the student health insurance plan accepted after the waiver deadline will result in a pro-rated refund of the insurance fee as of the end of the month in which the request along with the documentation of existing current other insurance is received, not a full refund.


What to consider:  If you have insurance already and are planning to waive the Siena Student Health Plan, please check to see if your current insurance will cover lab work at St. Peter’s Hospital  Laboratory, 315 S. Manning Blvd, Albany, NY 12208. Siena Health Services can only use St. Peter's Lab  for routine lab work (strep, blood, UTI, etc.)  When a student calls Health Services for an appointment, the student will be triaged. If their issue does not appear to require lab work, an appointment will be scheduled for the student at Siena's Health Services.  If the student is presenting with an issue that might require lab work but their insurance doesn't cover St. Peter's Lab, the triage nurse will direct them to an off- campus urgent care.  For up to date info on COVID-19 specific information, please go to Siena's Marching Forward site

Currently on Medicaid?: Students currently on Medicaid in Massachusetts, Montana, Minnesota and Pennsylvania should check with their current insurer about the possibility of getting a subsidy from the state to pay for your participation in the Siena Student Health Insurance Plan instead of staying on your current medicaid plan. Some states have found it is less expensive to pay for a student to participate in their college's student health insurance plan than it would be to keep the students on the state plan.

Some students may be covered under an insurance plan that doesn’t permit dual coverage (Healthy New York plans, Medicaid, etc.) If a student is covered under such a plan and does not complete the waiver by the deadline, their current plan may terminate their coverage because the student will be automatically enrolled in the Siena College Student Health Plan with CDPHP. To prevent losing coverage/eligibility with a current insurance, please make sure to complete the waiver prior to the deadline.

International Students: All international students attending Siena College full time are required to be enrolled in the student health insurance plan with CDPHP in order to ensure adequate local coverage. If an international student believes they have a comparable domestic US health insurance plan  they may request a review for an exemption from the requirement to purchase the CDPHP Siena plan by contacting the Student Life Compliance Officer, Jeanne Obermayer, at obermayer@siena.eduInternational students may not waive the insurance plan. Exemptions are done on a case by case basis by the Student Life Compliance Officer. The decision of the Student Life Compliance Officer is final


How to complete the waiver:

  • NOTE:  You must complete the online waiver form as outlined here  to have the insurance cancelled and your account credited even if you choose to upload a copy of your health insurance card to the Health Services portal.
  • Waive the coverage via your student Banner Self Service account if you have existing comparable coverage that is accepted in Albany, NY. Remaining in or waiving out of the student health insurance plan is an annual decision, effective for the entire academic year. The insurance fee will remain on your e-bill until a waiver is approved by the Student Life Compliance Officer. Those choosing to waive the insurance MUST renew their waiver EACH YEAR.  All full year 2022-23 waivers must be submitted by September 20, 2022 for a full refund of the insurance fee and cancellation of the insurance plan.
    • INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO WAIVE THE COVERAGE: Students wanting to WAIVE the College's health insurance plan need to log into Banner Self Service.
    • After logging in, please click on "Personal Information" and then click "My Housing Portal"  (this is for all students, including commuters.)
    • Once you enter the housing portal, click on "Applications" and complete the "Student Health Insurance Waiver" application.
  • Problems completing the waiver???
    • If you are having difficulty accessing the waiver, it may very well be a browser issue. First try clearing your internet history and cached files. Then try again.
    • If you are still having difficulty, please call Community Living when you are at a computer and they can help you resolve your issue. 518-783-2919.
    • If you are a new student and are having difficulty accessing My Housing Portal, please contact Community Living. (see above.) 

Reminder of the deadlines to complete the waiver:

  • September 20 for full time students enrolling in the fall semester.
  • January 30 for full time students beginning in the spring semester.

The waiver process must be done once every year prior to the start of the first semester of attendance each academic year.  If you process a waiver in the Fall Semester you will not need to complete another waiver for the Spring Semester.