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Harvard Parent Thread

guitars101guitars101 Posts: 2,196Registered User Senior Member
edited January 18 in Harvard University
I thought it would be good to have a parents thread. Any questions/comments/concerns related to parents.
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  • mom2319mom2319 Posts: 25Registered User New Member
    Thanks, that's great. I've post several questions regarding the freshman seminar and reading period.
    Here comes another question, health insurance. My S is covered under our health insurnace. Our insurance covers out of network physicians. Is there any reason why we should buy insurance from HV? Do clinics at Harvard accept other insurance? Do we have to pay cash first and then file the claim ourselves?
  • guitars101guitars101 Posts: 2,196Registered User Senior Member
    mom2319,

    Thanks for the question!! My husband and I were wondering the exact same thing last night.

    Anyone parents of current students please help!
  • guitars101guitars101 Posts: 2,196Registered User Senior Member
    QUESTION - I saw in the information packet that Harvard has a "police dept." are they solely for the campus? Are they good at informing students of local problems and do they patrol the campus in uniforms?

    Thanks in advance
  • DocTDocT Posts: 6,678Registered User Senior Member
    The health insurance is a bit of a mystery to me even though my daughter is a sophomore. One thing for sure, you don't have to use their insurance but you have to notify them before the semester begins that you waive it. Even though my daughter has seen several doctors at the clinic for various things there, our insurance company has never been billed nor have we.
  • twinmomtwinmom Posts: 2,826Registered User Senior Member
    We have always waived the health insurance. You can waive it by the term or by the year. Clinic visits at Harvard are covered either way. You still pay a health services fee even if you waive. However, if your student needed to see a doctor outside of the clinic, he or she would need to use personal/family insurance or Harvard's Blue Cross plan.
  • twinmomtwinmom Posts: 2,826Registered User Senior Member
    Harvard does have its own police department. I don't know much about them, but here's a link:

    Harvard University Police Department HomePage
  • just_forget_mejust_forget_me Posts: 2,244Registered User Senior Member
    "HUPD" is pretty great - they do a good job of not getting students in trouble for silly things (i.e. drinking alcohol underage), and cracking down on crime that matters (I've called them once or twice when I've seen sketchy things - like a bike being stolen - and they've responded almost instantaneously). They send out emails to the student body whenever there's something we need to be aware of.
  • mom2319mom2319 Posts: 25Registered User New Member
    Thanks DocT for your confusion and Twinmom for your clarification.

    I now understand that even if your child is covered under the family insurance, you still need to pay the health service fee. With this fee, your child receives free service at Harvard Clinic. That's why DocT's insurance was never billed.
  • DocTDocT Posts: 6,678Registered User Senior Member
    Ah yes, as I look at the bill, there is a $713 student health fee per semester and a $681 blue cross fee that I waived
  • gadadgadad Posts: 7,748Registered User Senior Member
    To waive the health fee you need to affirm that you have basically the same coverage under another provider. You have to list the provider and, as I recall, the policy number.
  • gadadgadad Posts: 7,748Registered User Senior Member
    If any parents of freshmen are going to be on campus during the move-in weekend (Sept. 6-7), we should plan to get together and say hi. The Parents Association sponsors refreshments for frosh parents in Annenberg Hall on Saturday morning, so we could pick a general window of time and get to meet the people behind the postings!
  • guitars101guitars101 Posts: 2,196Registered User Senior Member
    That sounds great! we are definately going to be at move-in day.
  • mammallmammall Posts: 1,701- Senior Member
    Here's a question for other parents of new Harvard freshmen - should our D be receiving a mailing now that she has accepted. We see from the checklist of to-do items that she needs to fill out some forms by May 15. Some of you are referring to your bill. Should we have received a bill yet? Is a deposit due? Life is just so hectic in the spring I'm worried we aren't keeping on top of the paper work.

    Also, are any of your kids going to attend one of the pre-frosh orientation programs?

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge!
  • gadadgadad Posts: 7,748Registered User Senior Member
    No deposit required - there should be a mailing in June with the Handbook for Parents, then an August mailing with:
    August Newsletter
    Housing Assignment Letter
    Crimson Yard Welcome Letter
    Elm Yard Welcome Letter
    Ivy Yard Welcome Letter
    Arriving at Harvard
    A Guide to the First Year at Harvard
    Inserts in A Guide to the First Year at Harvard
    Languages at Harvard
    Introduction to the Core Curriculum
    Class of 2012 Photo Order Form
    Harvard Chaplains

    The To-Do List for new freshmen is on the Freshman Dean's Office site:
    Harvard College Freshman Dean's Office
  • gadadgadad Posts: 7,748Registered User Senior Member
    And BTW, D2 is planning on participating in FOP. D1 participated in FAP two years ago and had an incredible experience.
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