Student Health Fee
Due to the overall increase in healthcare supplies, the fees associated with several of our services at Student Health Services increased on July 1, 2013.
We regret the necessity for making these pricing adjustments and will continue to provide you quality healthcare during your academic career at the University. Visits with healthcare providers and many of our wellness activities will remain available at no cost for students who have paid the health fee, which is included in tuition.
If you have questions regarding the increase in fees, please stop by the business office on the second floor of the Thomson Student Health Center, or call 803-777-3174.
We believe that for students to enjoy and succeed during their academic career, access to comprehensive healthcare is vitally important. Disease prevention is more likely to occur when barriers like high costs are removed, and a preventive approach to healthcare is adopted. All enrolled students are provided affordable, convenient access to primary healthcare through Student Health Services.
Most health services have been paid for through built-in student health fee through tuition. During the 2013-14 academic year, the student health fee for full-time undergraduate (12+ hours) and graduate (9+ hours) is $169. The student health fee for part-time undergraduate (6-11 hours) and graduate (6-8 hours) students is $113. Services are offered on a fee-for-service basis for students taking less than six hours.
The student health fee pays for:
• Office visits for the treatment of routine and chronic illness (excluding orthopedic, sports medicine, physical therapy and psychiatric services)
• 12 individual counseling sessions per academic year
• Biofeedback services
• Support groups and workshops on issues including anxiety, couples therapy, grief and loss, substance abuse, international student support, sexual assault and more
• Preventive health screenings, including blood pressure and body fat percentage measurement
• Individual exercise and fitness consultations
• Individual nutritional consultations with a registered dietitian
NOTE: The student health fee also assists in the sustainability of the health center by funding medical technology, select medical supplies, utilities and salaries of healthcare providers and support staff. It also funds the development and integration of the electronic health record system.
The student health fee does not pay for:
• Radiology and laboratory services, EKGs
• Prescriptions and over-the-counter medication
• Physical therapy (requires copayment)
• Physical exams
• Psychiatric services (requires copayment)
• Individual counseling sessions over the initial 12 per academic year
• Massage therapy
• Metabolic rate testing
• Flu shots, allergy shots and other vaccines
• Medical supplies used during the administration of services (bandages, sutures, etc.)
• Orthopedic and sports medicine services (requires copayment)
• Travel consults
• Minor surgical procedures and other procedures (IV therapy, breathing treatment, injection of medications, etc.)
• Services received at any other hospital or clinic