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Attending Seminary

Seminary students may be eligible to purchase Medical Plan coverage through the Board’s seminary student program.

Who's Eligible

You are eligible for Medical Plan coverage if you are

  • not yet ordained as a teaching elder and enrolled full time in a theological seminary, graduate school of religion, divinity school, or school of Christian Education;
  • a Candidate or Inquirer preparing for a church vocation within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

How To Enroll

You may enroll for Medical Plan coverage by providing to the Board of Pensions

  • written verification from your presbytery  that you are under its care, classified as an Inquirer or Candidate, and are “in good faith” preparing for a church vocation within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.);
  • written verification from your seminary that you are enrolled full time, as defined by the school;
  • a completed Seminary Student Benefits Plan Membership Application with your anticipated graduation date;
  • the first month’s dues payment with the application.

These documents should be received by the Board of Pensions during  the annual enrollment period for seminary students (August 1 to September 30). For students who enroll for the first time in seminary during the spring semester, benefits begin 30 days after the date the semester begins.

If you are a graduated seminary student and your presbytery requires you to take additional courses, such as continuing pastoral education or an internship, you may continue to participate in the Medical Plan with seminary status until the required courses are completed if you were enrolled in the Medical Plan on the date of your graduation. Verification is required to confirm this status.

If you 

  • are enrolled in the Medical Plan prior to your seminary graduation;
  • graduate in April, May, or June; and
  • have not been hired in an eligible service

you may be eligible to extend your seminary student participation status until August 31 of the current year and receive 30 days of free medical coverage. You may also be eligible for continuing coverage through the Medical Continuation Program or under transitional participation coverage.

If you are not enrolled in the Medical Plan before you graduate, you cannot obtain coverage until you have a call or a job with an employing organization that offers coverage.