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For students enrolled in the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan, Columbia University Dental Associates, a program operated by the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, offers specially discounted rates for a select group of services. These services are not underwritten by Aetna or administered by Aetna Student Health. This discount program offers the following benefits:

  • Convenient locations near campus
  • Comprehensive care including all specialty services
  • No claims forms to complete
  • No requirement to choose a primary care dentist

Care is provided by Faculty members and fellows of the College of Dental Medicine.


For student participants in the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan, the following services are available each plan year and only require a $10 copay, which is required for each visit:

  • One routine examination per year
  • X-rays as needed, and with routine exam
  • One dental cleaning (prophylaxis) per year
  • Evaluation of emergency dental conditions, including relief of pain

Emergency services are provided by appointment during regular office hours. Coverage does not include final treatment or restorations. Any additional services that are not included above will be charged a discounted rate. 


To schedule your annual appointment, call 212-342-0107.


For all students, regardless of medical insurance provider, when selecting a dental services program, consider:

  • Availability of appointments
  • Location of the dental practice
  • Cost of service
  • Type of provider rendering care

All students are eligible to enroll in EITHER the Columbia Student Dental Plan OR the Aetna Advantage Dental Plan. You do not need to be enrolled in either the Student Health Service or the Aetna Student Insurance Plan to enroll in either dental plan.
Dental insurance must be renewed annually by the member.


Columbia Student Dental Plan


The Columbia Student Dental Plan covers x-rays, semi-annual oral examinations and prophylaxes. There is a 25% discount on non-covered services. The cost is $180 per year (8/1-7/31). Care is provided by dental fellows. Enrollment Period: 8/1-1/31. Please click for additional information, enrollment form, and patient registration forms (new members only - once enrolled, please take the registration forms to the Vanderbilt Clinic, 7th Floor).


Aetna Advantage™ Dental Coverage


Aetna Advantage™ Dental Coverage gives students the ability to select a primary care dentist (PCD) from the large Aetna Network. The participating dentists are conveniently located within the tri-state area and some offer weekend office hours. This plan provides a wide range of service options including preventative and diagnostic care with a $5 per visit copay.


Annual Premium
(Sept. 1, 2014 -

Aug. 14, 2015)

Spring Only Premium
(Feb. 1, 2015 -

Aug. 14, 2015)

Student Only



Student & Spouse



Student & Child(ren)



Student & Family Plan




The enrollment deadline is September 30, 2014 for the Fall Term (and January 31, 2015 for Spring Term students). Please note that enrollment in Aetna Advantage™ Dental Coverage is open to all students. You do not need to be enrolled in the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan to take advantage of this plan.


To enroll in Aetna Advantage™ Dental Coverage, visit the Aetna Student Health website.


To locate a participating dental provider, go to Docfind.


Note: Aetna Advantage Dental™Coverage and insurance plan is underwritten by Aetna Life Insurance Company, Aetna Dental Inc., Aetna Dental of California Inc. and/or Aetna Health Inc. In Arizona, Aetna Advantage™ Dental is underwritten by Aetna Health Inc.




Aetna Vision℠ Discount Program


Available to all students, fellows, spouses or dependents enrolled in the Student Health Insurance plans. Coverage provides access to discounted prices for many eye care products, including sunglasses, contact lenses, non-prescription sunglasses, contact lens solutions and other eye care accessories. Plus, you can receive up to a 15% discount on LASIK surgery (the laser vision correction procedure). A listing of participating providers is available through the DocFind© feature.


The Aetna Vision Discount Program providers closest to the CUMC Campus are:


Optical Express, 3929 Broadway
(212) 568-4693


Broadway Vision Center, 4047 Broadway
(212) 927-2020


LensCrafters, 2770 Broadway
(212) 678-0530

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