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The University Program and Facilities Fee is part of the cost of attending the university and is essential to the support of vital functions within the university community, including the health center. All enrolled students—even those pursuing an off-campus course such as student teaching—are assessed student fees along with tuition, whether or not they plan to take advantage of fee-funded facilities and services.

The University Health Center fee is part of the University Program and Facilities Fee Fund B. This is a fee billed as part of the total tuition package each semester. This fee covers staff salaries and operating costs, which is preferred over fee-for-service for all services because this can deter students from seeking care when they need it.

To learn more about the UPFF, visit the Student Affairs website.

Students Required to Pay The Fee

Most students are required to pay the University Program and Facilities Fee for the University Health Center. The following are generally assessed the fee:

  • Enrolled University of Nebraska-Lincoln undergraduate and graduate students taking seven or more on-campus credit hours in the fall/spring semesters and six or more credit hours in the summer semester
  • Enrolled UNMC nursing and dental students taking four or more credit hours
  • Students enrolled in student insurance and use the health center for care

Students Not Required to Pay the Fee

Students who are not required to pay the University Health Center UPFF fee include:

  • Enrolled undergraduate and graduate students taking 6 or fewer credit hours in the fall/spring semesters and 5 or fewer credit hours in the summer semester unless enrolled in the University of Nebraska student insurance policy
  • Students who graduated and are not returning to UNL for the next academic semester (these students may only use the health center for ONE semester after their graduation date)
  • Currently enrolled UNO and UNK students unless enrolled in the University of Nebraska student insurance policy
  • Enrolled UNMC nursing and dental students taking three or fewer credit hours unless enrolled in the University of Nebraska student insurance policy
  • Postdoctoral scholars unless enrolled in the University of Nebraska student insurance policy
  • Professional students unless enrolled in the University of Nebraska student insurance policy
  • Law students unless enrolled in the University of Nebraska student insurance policy
  • Veterinary Sciences students unless enrolled in the University of Nebraska student insurance policy
  • Visiting scholars/campers

If you fall under these categories, you will not be automatically assessed this fee and will either be charged the fee at the time of your first visit or will be charged fee-for-service for the care you receive. In most cases, the health center fee is less than the fee-for-service, which is why we recommend all students seeking care at the health center elect to pay the health center fee.

Health Fee Amount

For each academic year, the fee is approximately $135 per semester during fall and spring and $55 per summer semester. The charge is included in students’ bill for each semester they are enrolled and meet the payment criteria outlined above. This fee is subject to annual review and adjustment by ASUN, the office of Student Affairs and the Board of Regents.

Free or Fee

The health center fee does not cover all possible charges at the health center. Here is an overview of which services are generally fee and which will incur a charge:

Free or Fee
Free* Fee*
Five “talking” office visits with a Medical or Travel Clinic provider every July – June (e.g., talking with a provider about a medical concern such as a cough that won’t go away, a rash that recently developed or unexplained pain in an area of the body) X
Medical procedures (e.g., stitches, IUD or Nexplanon insertion, etc.) X
Preventive exams (e.g., women’s or men’s wellness exams) X
Psychiatric visits X
Health clearance for Campus-Recreation-sponsored sports clubs (Scuba diving, weight management, varsity sports, walk-on football, basketball and cheerleading are not covered by UPFF and will have a charge) X
Routine Physicals X
X-Rays X
Flu shots (free for all currently enrolled UNL students, regardless of paying UPFF) X
Immunizations other than flu shots X
A brief discussion with a physical therapy team member about the benefits of their services X
Physical therapy evaluation and treatment X
Doctor-ordered wellness profiles X
Doctor-ordered chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV testing X
Laboratory services beyond doctor-ordered wellness profiles and covered STI testing X
First nutrition counseling session X
24-hour doses of ibuprofen, acetaminophen and antacid at the pharmacy (free for all currently enrolled UNL students, regardless of paying UPFF) X
Other over-the-counter pharmacy items X
Prescriptions X
Transgender Care Clinic visits X
Optometry services X
Dental services X
Dermatology services X
Allergy clinic services X
Gynecological services X
Orthopaedic services X
Tobacco Quit Kits, Cold Care Kits and other free self-care items requested while supplies last (free for all currently enrolled UNL students, regardless of paying UPFF) X

*Free services are subject to change without notice.

**This list is not all-inclusive and may not include all available services.

Patients are financially responsible for charges not covered by the health center fee. If you aren’t certain whether your visit will be covered by the health center fee, contact Nebraska Medicine Patient Financial Customer Services at 1.866.662.8662 or visit the University Health Center billing and insurance office on level two, south of the medical check-in desk.

Insurance helps pay costs not covered by the health center fee. If you’re looking for an insurance plan, consider the university’s student insurance option.

Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t anticipate using the University Health Center. Why do I have to pay the fee?

You never know when you may need care. Also to be equitable, the university charges the fee to cover staff salaries and operating costs so that all students can have access to a high-quality, comprehensive health care facility on campus. This approach is preferred over fee-for-service for most-used services because this could deter students from seeking care when they need it.

Can I request an exemption from paying the health center fee?

No. The health center fee is part of UPFF Fund B, which students cannot be exempt from if they are an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in at least seven credit hours in the fall/spring semesters and at least six credit hours in the summer semester.

If I study abroad, will I have to pay the health center fee?

No, you will not be automatically assessed the fee.

I’m currently receiving scholarships and/or financial aid. Can these be used to cover the fee?

Yes. The UPFF is included in your tuition costs used to calculate financial aid eligibility.

If I’m enrolled in the university’s student insurance plan and pay the UPFF, am I paying for the same services twice?

No. The student insurance plan and the UPFF cover two different sets of services and do not overlap. The student insurance plan was designed to cover students’ health care needs beyond what is covered by the UPFF, such as specialty care, prescriptions, dental care, inpatient care, etc. It is required to pay the UPFF if you are enrolled in the student insurance plan and use the health center.

I have my own insurance plan. Do I have to pay this fee?

Yes. The UPFF health center fee covers the cost of staff salaries and operating costs so that students have access to a high-quality, comprehensive health center on campus, regardless of whether or not you choose to use services.