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Health Insurance

Massachusetts State Law requires all students registered for 9 or more credits to be covered by a qualifying student health insurance program or be enrolled in a health care plan that meets minimum state-determined requirements. To comply with this law, all MassArt undergraduate and graduate students taking 9 or more credits must either waive or enroll in the MassArt Student Health Insurance Plan by June 31, 2021.

The MassArt Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) for the 2021-2022 Policy Year is through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. The annual premium is $3,504 and is effective from August 1, 2021 through  July 31, 2022.

For questions about MassArt's Health Insurance, please contact the University Health Plans at 1-833-251-1710 or contact the Counseling and Wellness Center at counseling@massart.edu.

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Students must waive or enroll in MassArt's health insurance annually.  

International Students: Unless you are an exchange student, MassArt does not accept international health insurance. All international students must enroll in the MassArt student health insurance plan.


Required Immunizations and Health Records

Massachusetts state law requires each college to have on file a complete record of immunizations for all full-time undergraduate and graduate students. As such, students in these programs must provide complete documentation. 

MassArt has moved to an online portal called CastleBranch that tracks immunization and vaccination information. Please go to this online portal hosted by CastleBranch, to submit your immunization and vaccination information. As part of this process, you will be provided with a COVID-19 vaccination card from the CastleBranch platform. After signing up as a MassArt student, this portal will be available to you regardless of your MassArt status, including post graduation.

All students must provide documentation via the CastleBranch portal by August 6, 2021. Students who have not submitted complete documentation will not be allowed on campus. New students can refer to an e-mail with subject title “Update on Immunization Verification Process” sent by AVP/Dean of Students, Jamie Costello, for CastleBranch login information. Returning students can refer to an e-mail with subject title "COVID Vaccination Verification" sent by AVP/Dean of Students, Jamie Costello, for CastleBranch login information.

If you have a medical or religious reason to decline to be immunized and/or vaccinated, you will be able to submit documentation through the CastleBranch portal using the website above.   

General questions regarding immunizations may be directed to the Counseling and Wellness Center at counseling@massart.edu

If you are experiencing issues with the CastleBranch website regarding your user account, please contact the CastleBranch User Experience Team at userexperience@castlebranch.com or call 910.815.3880. The chat option is also available through your CastleBranch account under the FAQ dropdown.

CastleBranch's User Experience Team is available: Monday-Thursday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Friday 8:00 am - 6:30pm, and Sunday 10:00 am - 6:30pm.

required for new students

For new students, please upload documentation for the following required immunizations:

  • Hepatitis B Vaccine: 3 doses or 2 doses of Heplisav-B given on or after age of 18
  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR): 2 doses
  • Meningococcal (Meningitis) Vaccine: 1 dose for newly enrolled full-time students, within 5 years before enrollment. 2 doses if dose 1 was given before age of 16
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap) booster: 1 dose of Tdap within the last 10 years
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine: 2 doses
  • In place of the MMR and Hepatitis B vaccines, laboratory evidence of immunity may also be provided. In the case of Varicella, MassArt will also accept statement signed by a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or designee that the student has a reliable history of chickenpox disease; a self-reported history of disease verified by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant; or is born in the United States before 1980.
  • COVID-19: 2 doses for Moderna, 2 doses Pfizer, or 1 dose for Janssen/Johnson & Johnson. Other WHO approved COVID-19 vaccines are accepted as well.
REQUIRED FOR INTERNATIONAL NEW STUDENTS ONLY
  • Tuberculosis (TB) screening: PPD (Mantoux) test within past year
  • Chest X-ray (required only if TB test is positive)
  • COVID-19
    1. If you have received a full series of a vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you will not need any further vaccines and should submit your vaccination record in CastleBranch
       
    2. If you have received only a partial regimen of a vaccine approved for emergency use by the WHO that is not approved by the FDA, you will need to receive a full course of a vaccine approved by the FDA (Moderna, Pfizer or Jansen/Johnson & Johnson)
       
    3. If you have received a full or partial regimen of a vaccine not approved for emergency use by the WHO or FDA, you will need to receive a full course of a vaccine approved by the FDA (Moderna, Pfizer or Jansen/Johnson & Johnson)
       
    4. If you have not received any COVID-19 vaccination, you may receive a full series of a vaccine here in the U.S. You will need to receive the first dose of the vaccine within three days of arriving in the U.S.
REQUIRED FOR RETURNING STUDENTS ONLY

For returning students, please upload documentation for the following required immunizations:

  • COVID-19: 2 doses for Moderna, 2 doses Pfizer, or 1 dose for Janssen/Johnson & Johnson. Other WHO approved COVID-19 vaccines are accepted as well.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - COVID-19

  • If you have received a full series of a vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you will not need any further vaccines and should submit your vaccination record in CastleBranch.
  • If you have received only a partial regimen of a vaccine approved for emergency use by the WHO that is not approved by the FDA, you will need to receive a full course of a vaccine approved by the FDA (Moderna, Pfizer or Jansen/Johnson & Johnson).
  • If you have received a full or partial regimen of a vaccine not approved for emergency use by the WHO or FDA, you will need to receive a full course of a vaccine approved by the FDA (Moderna, Pfizer or Jansen/Johnson & Johnson).
  • If you have not received any COVID-19 vaccination, you may receive a full series of a vaccine here in the U.S. You will need to receive the first dose of the vaccine within three days of arriving in the U.S.

Thank you for your cooperation with this important public health requirement to keep our campus community safe.