Graduate students who are parents may take advantage of many resources offered by Northwestern, listed below. The benefits listed on the HR website also outline the support that the Office of Work/Life and Family Resources offers graduate students and their families.
Northwestern University requires all students to maintain health insurance coverage. For information concerning health insurance (including insurance coverage requirements, enrollment in the Northwestern health insurance plan and the health subsidy), please visit the Student Health Insurance page.
The University offers students the option of enrolling dependents in the student health insurance plan. Please note that you may now pay for dependent coverage up front or on a quarterly basis. For additional information, please go to Aetna's Dependent Enrollment page, enter your Student ID and date of birth, and then click on "View Plan Details" (and scroll down) to review the quarterly payment schedule. Please select an option via the drop down box on the Aetna payment page.
The All Kids program provides comprehensive, affordable health insurance to Illinois children whose families cannot afford private health insurance. All Kids also offers two health insurance programs for pregnant women. Parents who meet certain income requirements may have access to coverage through Illinois FamilyCare Health Insurance.
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Family resource liaison
Lesley Lundeen, the TGS Family Resource Liaison, is available to provide assistance, advice, and connections to help you balance navigating academia and family responsibilities. To schedule a personal consultation, call 847-467-1460 or email Lesley Lundeen.
Students with children group
This group (accessible via Canvas) will connect you with graduate student parents from across the university and serve as a forum to share resources and support. Stay up-to-date on relevant deadlines, events and new resources from the Work/Life and Family Resources office. To join, email Lesley Lundeen.
Child and familycare resources
Northwestern supports the healthy integration of students’ personal, academic, and professional priorities and is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for pregnant and parenting students. Learn more about the variety of resources provided by TGS.
Student advisory group
The TGS Child and Family Resources Student Advisory Board is comprised of graduate students associated with TGS who are parents or planning to become parents whether through childbirth or adoption. Learn more about TGS’s Child and Family Resources Student Advisory Board.