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Retaining Cardinal Care (All Students)

If you decide you want to retain health insurance coverage through Cardinal Care, you must acknowledge your understanding that coverage will remain in effect through the academic year in Axess by the applicable deadline. The decision made at the start of the first registered quarter of each academic year (autumn quarter for most students) is binding for the remainder of that academic year. This means that if you choose to be in Cardinal Care, you will not be able to leave the plan until the end of the plan year (August 31). The process for retaining Cardinal Care coverage is the same for domestic and international students.

2019–20 Deadline to Acknowledge Cardinal Care Coverage Based on Entry Quarter

Autumn Quarter

September 15 for students entering Stanford in Autumn

(Axess opens August 1, 2019 for Autumn Quarter)

Winter Quarter

December 15 for students entering Stanford in Winter

(Axess opens October 27, 2019 for Winter Quarter)

Spring Quarter

March 15 for students entering Stanford in Spring

(Axess opens February 9, 2020 for Spring Quarter)

Summer Quarter

June 15 for students entering Stanford in Summer

(Axess opens April 12, 2020 for Summer Quarter)

Action item for all students who want to remain enrolled in Cardinal Care: You will need your SUNet ID and password to access the acknowledgement screen in Axess. Go to and follow the instructions to acknowledge.