Concordia Theological Seminary

Seminary Student Health Coverage Provided by Concordia Plan Services

Concordia Theological Seminary offers students the Concordia Health Plan (CHP), a health plan available through Concordia Plan Services. Concordia Plan Services and its Board of Directors understand that many seminary students have substantial financial constraints and they have worked diligently to make student coverage comprehensive and competitive for 2017-2018.  Learn more about Seminary Student Health Coverage at Concordia Health Plans.

The following information will help guide you through the CHP enrollment process:

Returning Students

Returning students who are already enrolled in the CHP and are not making changes to their coverage do not need to complete a new Enrollment Form; their CHP coverage will continue. The following forms may be used for returning students who wish to make changes in their health coverage.

  • An Annual Open Enrollment Form—may be submitted by returning students who previously declined coverage for themselves or eligible dependents to enroll themselves or their dependents during the annual open enrollment period (August 1-September 15). Forms must be submitted to Trena Merryman, Dean of Students Office, by August 31 for coverage effective September 1.
  • A Special Enrollment Form—may be submitted to Trena Merryman any time during the year to enroll a student or a dependent who previously declined coverage in the CHP and has experienced a special enrollment qualifying event, such as the loss of other health coverage.

New Students

Seminary Student Enrollment Form—All students who are beginning studies at the Seminary are required to fill out the Seminary Student Enrollment Form. You must either enroll or opt out. You may opt-out of the plan based on the criteria set up by Concordia Health Plan. Coverage will begin on the first day of the month in which classes begin. Forms must be turned in to Trena Merryman by July 1 (new summer Greek students) or August 31 (new Fall students). Failure to meet these deadlines may result in a $55 late fee.

All residential seminary students enrolled in at least seven credit hours, international students, as well as those participating in a foreign exchange program, internship, or vicarage are required to enroll in the Concordia Health Plan unless they qualify as “eligible opt-outs” according to CHP guidelines, as stated on the Enrollment Form. Eligible opt-outs must still return the form stating that they are declining health coverage due to one of the eligible reasons selected on page 3 of the Enrollment Form.

For your convenience, these materials and all forms are also available to view, download, and/or print by visiting Under the words "How Can We Help?' select “Student,” to learn about all the options and here is a quick link to all the forms ( The Request for Membership Change Form ( can be used to enroll newly acquired dependents (e.g. through marriage or birth), update personal information, or drop a dependent’s coverage. Please review form for specific instructions.

Forms may be faxed to 260.452.2257 or mailed to the address below:

Concordia Theological Seminary
Dean of Students Office
Attn: Trena Merryman
6600 N. Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

If you have any questions about your benefits through the CHP, please contact Concordia Plan Services toll-free at 888.927.7526 or by email at Questions about eligibility, billing, and payment should be directed to the seminary at 260.452.2267.