GSSP Student Handbook - Participant students should read this handbook in order to become more familiar with the NCSU Graduate Student Support Plan. There are many eligibility guidelines of which participants need to be aware so that they may maintain their GSSP benefits for the duration of an eligible semester. Tuition and health insurance financial responsibility transfers to the graduate student, if GSSP eligibility is not maintained.
Break in GSSP Eligibility - For graduate students transitioning out of GSSP eligibility, whether because of upcoming graduation or termination of qualifying appointment.
Important Dates / Deadlines - Deadlines important for GSSP participants. To subscribe to the Academic Calendar for Graduate Students and add it to your Google Calandar, please visit the link below.
Student Blue (BCBS of NC) is the health insurance provider for the NCSU GSSP. Please contact them directly at 1-800-579-8022 regarding your health insurance benefits, dependent enrollment, and any other questions related to your health insurance policy. Please keep in mind that the Graduate School simply manages overall GSSP eligibility and payment for the overall plan. The Graduate School is not involved, at all, after a student is no longer covered under the GSSP.
We encourage students to register for Student Blue Member Services once they have received their health insurance information from Student Blue (Subscriber & Group numbers). Student Blue Member Services allows participants to manage their policy online, including reviewing claims and printing a temporary card.
*If you need to retrieve your policy information (subscriber, group, pharmacy bin numbers) because you did not receive your health insurance cards or they were lost or stolen, please contact Student Blue customer service at 1-800-579-8022. The Graduate School does not keep record of individual subscriber numbers.
*Please be sure to keep your mailing address updated in MyPack Portal and with Student Blue (1-800-579-8022). Your mailing address in MyPack Portal is transmitted to Student Blue for your enrollment in the GSSP health insurance plan.
Student Blue (NCSU RA-TA) Frequently Asked Questions
Please be aware that there is another Student Blue (BCBS of NC) administered plan on campus, the University Mandatory Plan ("Hard Waiver" plan). This health insurance plan option is for students ineligible for the GSSP. Nonetheless, it is a plan similar in health insurance coverage to the NCSU RA-TA plan (GSSP), but the student is responsible for payment and enrollment into this plan.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - The Graduate School
If you have questions regarding the Graduate School, the GSSP, or other issues related to your graduate studies, it is important to first contact your adviser, Director of Graduate Programs, or Graduate Services Coordinator before contacting the Graduate School. Your home department faculty, staff, and administration have more specific knowledge of your individual situation.
List of Directors of Graduate Programs
List of Program Graduate Services Coordinators
Other Useful Links:
University Cashier's Office (UCO) - Information regarding semester tuition & fees, yoru student billing account, eBilling, Payment Plans, and many other helpful resources.
Graduate Tuition - GSSP only covers “Graduate” tuition rates, no premium tuition and no fees.
Payroll Office - For Students - Information regarding direct deposit, payroll taxes, graduate assistantship (bi-weekly) payroll schedule, etc.
Payroll (For Foreign Nationals)
Office of International Services - Information for future, new, or current international students, and scholars.
Registraton & Records - Information regarding course registration, records (such as transcripts), semester schedule adjustments, university academic calendars (exams, enrollment, university holidays, etc.), inter-institutional studies, and much more.
Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid
Student Health Service Center - Information regarding the health services provided to NCSU students, on-campus pharmacy, routine immunizations, online appointment scheduling, disability services, Counseling Center, and much more.