NYFA SB Waiver Application Portal
THE WAIVER REQUEST APPLICATION PORTAL WILL BE OPEN MARCH 20, 2023 THROUGH MAY 22, 2023. WAIVER APPLICATIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED OR PROCESSED OUTSIDE OF THIS TIME PERIOD WHEN THE WAIVER PORTAL IS OPEN.
IF YOU HAVE COMPARABLE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE AND IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE ENROLLED IN THE NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN (NYFASHIP), YOU MUST SUBMIT AN ONLINE WAIVER APPLICATION BETWEEN MARCH 20, 2023 AND MAY 22,2023. IF YOU HAVE COMPARABLE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE, AND YOU DO NOT SUBMIT A WAIVER APPLICATION THROUGH THE WAIVER APPLICATION PORTAL DURING THE TIME PERIOD
NOTED ABOVE, YOU WILL BE ENROLLED IN NYFASHIP FOR THE DURATION OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR AND RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT OF FEES FOR HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE, 4/30/2023 – 8/30/2023.
ALL STUDENTS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT A WAIVER APPLICATION BETWEEN MARCH 20, 2023 AND MAY 22, 2023 AND ALL STUDENTS WHOSE WAIVER APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN DENIED WILL BE
ENROLLED IN NYFASHIP AND RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT OF FEES FOR HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE, 4/30/2023-8/30/2023.
Upon completion of the waiver application process, students will receive an email from Aetna confirming that their application and information have been received for review. Aetna will provide a follow-up email notifying students if their waiver applications have been approved or declined. If declined, insurance charges will remain on students’ accounts. If approved, charges for NYFASHIP coverage will be removed (or refunded) from students’ accounts.
Students who elect to enroll in NYFASHIP and students whose waiver applications have been declined will be billed for term enrollment costs, per the rate chart noted above for Summer term. For these students, once the charges for insurance coverage are applied, they cannot be reversed.
As a SUMMER 2023 student, you will need to submit a waiver application, SUMMER 2023, and every subsequent FALL for as long as you remain enrolled in your long-term program, as waiver permissions expire at the end of each academic year.All Summer 2023 students– students who successfully waive out of NYFASHIP coverage for Summer 2023 and students who do not successfully waive out of NYFASHIP coverage for Summer 2023– will need to participate in the waiver application process, FALL 2023, should they want to dis-enroll from NYFASHIP for the 2023- 2024 academic year. Your waiver application must be submitted and approved each FALL in order to dis-enroll from NYFASHIP for any and all subsequent academic years.
Waiver Portal Access
Waiver Application Process
Students who do not wish to participate in the NYFA Student Health Insurance Plan can apply to waive enrollment by submitting proof of comparable health insurance coverage and participating in the online waiver application process. Students may apply to waive out of NYFASHIP at the time of their first semester registration and at the time of every subsequent Fall semester registration.
Waiver applications must be submitted before a designated deadline. Deadline dates for online waiver application submissions will be posted and updated on the NYFASHIP website.
For Students Beginning Long-Term Programs in August (Fall Term):
Students beginning long-term programs in the Fall Term who do not want to enroll in NYFASHIP are required to submit an online waiver application at the time of their first semester (Fall/August) registration and at the time of each Fall (August) semester registration for the duration of their NYFA program, per deadline dates published on the NYFASHIP website.
For Students Beginning Long-Term Programs in January (Spring Term):
Students beginning long-term programs in the Spring Term who do not want to enroll in NYFASHIP are required to submit an online waiver application at the time of their first semester (Spring/January) registration, at the time of the subsequent Fall (Sept) semester registration, and every Fall (August) semester registration, thereafter, depending on the duration of their program, and per deadline dates published on the NYFASHIP website.
For Students Beginning Long-Term Programs in May (Summer Term):
Students beginning long-term programs in the Summer Term who do not want to enroll in NYFASHIP are required to submit an online waiver application at the time of their first semester (Summer/May) registration, at the time to their second (Fall/August) semester registration, and every Fall (August) semester registration, thereafter, depending on the duration of their program.
Students who do not participate in the waiver process, students who submit waiver applications outside of the published time frame for their particular programs, and students who whose waiver applications are denied will be enrolled in NYFASHIP until Fall (August) of the subsequent year.
Waiver Application Decisions
Waivers are monitored, verified, and approved by Aetna. Aetna will send timely email messages to students, confirming or denying approval of waivers.
Insurance plans that DO NOT typically meet requirements for waivers include out-of-state Medicaid plans, travel insurance plans, catastrophic plans, and out-of-state HMO plans.
Students whose waiver applications are denied will remain enrolled in NYFASHIP coverage until the subsequent Fall semester registration period, at which time waiver applications to dis-enroll in NYFASHIP for the upcoming year may be re-submitted.
Those students able to provide proof of comparable coverage through participation in the waiver application process will be dis-enrolled from the NYFA Student Health Insurance Plan. All charges for insurance premium costs and administrative fees billed to students’ accounts will be removed or fully refunded.
Waiver Application FAQ’s
How to login and waive/opt-out of NYFASHIP:
Use the links below to access the waiver application. You need your NYFA Student ID and birthday to login. *Can’t find and/or don’t know your student ID? For new students, it’s on the upper right-hand corner of your acceptance letter.
NYFA Student Health Insurance Plan – South Beach Campus
South Beach Waiver Application
When can I submit a waiver application?
For ALL continuing long term students who do not want to be automatically enrolled in NYFASHIP for the 2022-2023 academic, you are required to submit a waiver application between July 18, 2022-October 10, 2022. If you do not submit a waiver application or if your waiver application is denied, you will be automatically enrolled in NYFASHIP for the 2022-2023 academic year ( or until the time you graduate).
Should you want to waive enrollment in NYFASHIP, you must submit an online waiver application, on or before the designated deadline, at the time you first enroll in a NYFA program (Fall, Spring, or Summer) and then again for the subsequent Fall semester and for every fall semester you remain an enrolled NYFA student.
For waiver application dates for the 2022-2023 academic year specific to your long-term program, please see below:
New/Incoming Students and Students Returning from Extended Leave:
Fall 2022: July 18, 2022 – October 10, 2022
Spring 2023: November 21, 2022 – January 30, 2023
Summer 2023: March 20, 2023 – May 22, 2023
All Continuing Long Term Students:
Fall 2022: July 18, 2022- October 10, 2022
How are waiver applications monitored?
Waiver applications are evaluated and verified by Aetna. Aetna will send confirmation messages to students once a waiver application is submitted regarding its status, stating if the waiver application was accepted, denied, pending review, or that Aetna needs additional information to verify.
What if I successfully waive out of enrollment in NYFASHIP but then, I unexpectedly lose my health insurance coverage before the subsequent fall semester, when I would again automatically be in NYFA’s student insurance plan?
Aetna may consider this situation a qualifying life event or a life status change, depending on the reason your active insurance was terminated. An example of a qualifying life event is a parent or spouse/domestic partner losing their insurance due to change of employment status. Students approved for late enrollment to NYFASHIP will be allowed to purchase NYFASHIP within 30 days of the qualifying event.
Whom do I contact should I need assistance completing my waiver application or need clarification regarding the NYFA Student Health Insurance Policy?
Please send all questions and concerns to [email protected].
Comparable Health Insurance Requirements
Your insurance plan should provide similar benefits to NYFASHIP and must be in effect from the time of your initial registration to the end of your program or until the time of registration for the subsequent fall semester.
- Waiver Application criteria for the 2022 – 2023 academic year:
My plan will be active from my program start date and until 9/14/2022. At the start of the new academic calendar year, I understand that I will be requested to submit proof of comparable coverage for 9/15/2022 until the end of my program.
- My plan covers inpatient and outpatient medical care with a 25-mile radius of the Florida 33139 zip code area (If your plan covers emergency care only or is a Medicaid program from outside of the state where you will be attending school-FL, NY, CA- it does not meet this requirement and you must answer “NO” to this question).
- My plan covers inpatient and outpatient behavioral health and substance abuse care within a 25-mile radius of the Florida 33139 zip code area (If your plan covers emergency care only or is a Medicaid program from outside of the state where you will be attending school-FL, NY, CA- it does not meet this requirement and you must answer “NO” to this question).
- My plan covers prescription medications.