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Requirements for Incoming Graduate Students

Every new graduate student must submit the following forms to Health Services by May 1 for students starting in the summer semester, August 1 for students starting in the fall semester, and January 1 for students starting in the spring semester. If these requirements are not received by the required deadlines, a student's MyHill account will be placed on an Administrative Hold. Students who are admitted to the program after the official enrollment deadline should coordinate with the Office of Health Services to ensure the required health forms are submitted before the start of classes.

One dose of the Meningitis vaccine (Men ACWY or MCV4) is required for all full-time students. The vaccine must have been received on or after the student’s 16th birthday. The Meningitis Waiver should be filled out only if the student declines receiving the vaccine and after reviewing the waiver information. Health Services strongly recommends receiving this vaccine. 

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the College strongly recommends the annual flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Immunizations

In accordance with Massachusetts School Immunization Requirements, (Law 105 CMR 220.00), Stonehill College requires that all full-time students receive the following immunizations:

  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis) booster
  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella (chicken pox - proof of vaccine or disease)
  • Meningitis (vaccine that covers four of the five serogroups of meningitis-  strains "A, C, W, Y"
  • Tuberculosis Risk Questionnaire (and subsequent testing if high risk)
  • Hepatitis A
  • HPV/Gardasil Vaccine (females and males)
  • Meningitis Serogroup B Vaccine*
    • *We advise students to receive this important vaccine that covers the "B" serogroup of meningitis for full protection against all of the serogroups of meningitis. The Meningitis B vaccine is a series of two vaccines.

Requests for medical exemptions may be granted if there is documentation from a health care provider stating the reason(s) that these vaccines are contraindicated. Requests for religious exemptions may be granted in accordance with Massachusetts state law governing immunizations. In the event there is an outbreak of any of these vaccine-preventable diseases, students who have been granted exemptions will be required to leave campus and will be allowed to return only when the period of communicability has passed as determined by guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Massachusetts Health Insurance Requirements

Massachusetts requires all college students have health insurance. Students can enroll in the Stonehill College Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) or waive it by providing proof of comparable health insurance coverage. The options to enroll or waive are usually available as of the first week of July.

State law requires that full-time college students carry health insurance and annually provide proof of such insurance to the College. It is important to consider whether your current insurance plan will provide adequate coverage for a student while in college, or if purchasing the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is a better choice. Some students find that their insurance is inadequate due to restrictive provider networks, high deductibles, or limited coverage outside of a health plan service area. Some HMOs that require referrals may prevent students from receiving specialty care. 

We suggest consulting your current insurance carrier as you consider the following:

  • Does my current plan cover full-time students attending college away from home or out of state? 
  • Does my current plan provide adequate coverage for emergency services, diagnostic x-rays, laboratory services, mental health coverage, prescription drugs, and inpatient or outpatient hospitalization?
  • Does my current plan have participating in-network health care providers in the Easton, MA area?
  • Does my current plan have a high deductible that must be met before full coverage begins?

In addition, please be aware of the following points:

  • Massachusetts law requires that all college students enroll in a health insurance program that meets required benefits established by the state. 
  • International students are required to purchase the Stonehill College Student Health Insurance Plan.
  • Medicaid coverage from a state other than Massachusetts does not meet Massachusetts requirements.
  • Per Massachusetts regulations, the following are not acceptable plans to waive the SHIP: Mass Health Limited Plan, Health Safety Net, and Children’s Medical Security Plan.

Stonehill College bills all students for the SHIP unless the online waiver process is completed.  During the first week of July, you will have access to a link on the Stonehill Student Accounts webpage, which describes waive/enroll options and instructions to accept the SHIP, or provide proof of comparable coverage to waive the SHIP. If your current health insurance plan is billable in Massachusetts and comparable to the SHIP, and you are not an International student, you are not required to purchase the SHIP and may waive coverage.

Online materials describing 2020-2021 plan details will be available on the Stonehill Student Accounts webpage in mid-June.