GPSA Annual Survey

Elected members of the GPSA have crafted an annual survey that we invite you to complete. Your responses will help inform future efforts and endeavors to best support, represent, and advocate for graduate and professional students. To access the survey, click here. The survey should only take 5 minutes of your time.

Student Government Report – A Year In Review at the March 20, 2015 Board of Trustees Meeting

At the Board of Trustees Meeting on March 20, 2015 Student Government Leaders gave their annual report. Watch the video here:

Graduate and Professional Student Association Intent to Run 2015 Elections – Now Open!

Graduate and professional students at University Park who are interested in running for a position in the GPSA for the term of April 2015-April 2016 can now submit their statement of intent to run via the link below. Intent to Run forms will be accepted from March 4th through March 25th. Voting will take place from April 1 at Midnight until April 2nd at 11:59pm. Additional information can be found in the Intent to Run form. If you have further questions, please direct them to

2015-16 Health Insurance Update

Progress continues toward a new Penn State student health insurance contract. All interested insurers were invited to provide basic information on potential costs. The three insurers who submitted initial proposals will each present to the student health insurance advisory board in March, then the most competitive insurer will be asked to produce a complete proposed health insurance plan or plans. The insurer will be provided feedback from both Fall and Spring special meetings held by the GPSA health insurance committee. Once negotiations have concluded and the contract finalized, students will receive full information from the Student Health Insurance office and/or GPSA.

For an up-to-date summary of what we know so far about 2015-16 student health insurance, visit the GPSA Healthcare FAQ.


Healthcare and Literacy Workshop Postponed!

The Financial Literacy Workshop originally scheduled for later today has been POSTPONED due to illness. We will reschedule this workshop for later in the month. Please check back!

Cancelled Events for March 4, 2015

Please be advised that the scheduled GPSA Assembly Meeting and Board of Trustees Panel Discussion will be CANCELLED today, March 4, 2015.

Financial Literacy and Healthcare Workshop March 5th!

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Date: March 5, 2015
Time: 5:00-6:-00pm
Location: Willard Building 265

The GPSA has invited Dr. Daad Rizk, financial literacy coordinator, to offer a presentation on Healthcare & Finance at Penn State. It will cover everything from how to save money by going to the right doctor first to health savings options and financial assistance. Come join us and invite your friends, too! RSVP on Facebook or just show up.

Learn about financial options that are available when dealing with health care services, different health care providers and your health insurance plan. Receive up-to-date information about financial assistance in the local area as well as services offered at Penn State.

The workshop will focus on tools and strategies that will apply regardless of what next year’s health insurance contract looks like, and will not discuss upcoming changes to student health insurance. For updates on the 2015-16 student health insurance and more information on student health insurance in general, visit the FAQ.

Applications Available for Student Trustee Position & Selection Group

 Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at any Penn State campus with an interest in being a member of the University’s Board of Trustees are being asked to submit an application for the post by February 27. In addition, students who would like to be part of the process to interview candidates have an opportunity to submit an application, by February 15, for consideration to become an at-large member of the selection group. Applications can be found below:

Feminist Communities in Theory and Practice Conference

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14th annual conference hosted by The Women’s Studies Graduate Organization.


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2015-16 Student Health Insurance Update

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On behalf of the Graduate and Professional Student Association, we would like to make you aware of developments concerning student health insurance at Penn State beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year.

The purpose of this meeting will be two-fold:
(1) To provide up-to-date information on possible changes to student health insurance for 2015-2016 and the following years and
(2) To give graduate and professional students the opportunity to influence important decisions in creating the new policy.

In order to ensure we have adequate space, please RSVP by Tuesday, February 10.

This year we have the opportunity to provide input on a new health insurance contract, but the time frame for providing feedback is limited. Thus student involvement is urgently needed. Additional changes in health insurance law mean that important changes will occur in the policy for 2015-2016.

If you cannot attend the special meeting but would like to provide commentary, you can email the chairs of the GPSA health insurance committee, Nathaniel Porter <> and Alison Franklin <>. Click “more” to see the full Special FAQ for the meeting, including a summary of potential changes and the topics that will be considered at the meeting. For even more information on student healthcare, view our recently updated GPSA Healthcare FAQ.

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