To Propose Health Insurance Subsidy For Graduate Assistants
12, 2001-- As part of the University of Virginia's
proposed budget for 2001-02, administrators will recommend a $900
annual subsidy for nearly 2,000 graduate students to help cover
the cost of their health insurance. U.Va.'s Board of Visitors will
consider the budget at its June 15-16 meeting.
subsidy would apply to teaching and research assistants who earn
at least $5,000 per year for their academic work and to other graduate
students whose fellowships are $5,000 or above. This is close to
60 percent of the graduate students in engineering, architecture,
nursing, basic medical sciences, education, and arts and sciences.
am delighted that we may be able to offer this benefit to our graduate
assistants," said U.Va. Provost Peter W. Low. "Members of my staff
have been working with the deans, graduate-student representatives
and others for nearly a year to find a way to address this issue.
The approach they have developed is an important step in our efforts
to deal with the under-funding of our graduate programs at the University."
$900 stipend would cover next year's estimated cost of health insurance
for a single student in the basic (White) plan offered by QualChoice
through Student Health. Alternatively, graduate students could apply
the stipend toward the expanded-benefit Orange plan or family coverage,
if they choose.
said the annual cost to U.Va. would be approximately $1.8 million,
which would come from earnings on the University unrestricted endowment,
indirect cost recoveries from research grants, tuition, and fellowship
Louise Dudley, (804) 924-1400