Specialty Referrals and Payment Assistance

When we believe an athletic-related injury or illness requires specialty services, we make referrals to outside consultants or testing facilities. For varsity athletes who need referrals to specialty physicians, we have two programs to assist you with making appointments and paying for care:

Intercollegiate Athletes - Patient Services (I-CAPS) Program

The I-CAPS program helps schedule appointments for referrals to specialty physicians or testing facilities, upon recommendations from a UHS provider. To access the I-CAPS program, call 609-258-7044 or visit Caldwell Fieldhouse. 

Be sure to know your health insurance provider (Student Health Plan or private insurance) and benefits coverage, when arranging outside referrals.

Athletic Activity Fund (AAF)

You may be eligible for partial reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses (including medical and prescription co-pays and deductibles) for care for injuries that occurred while playing your sport, via the Athletic Activity Fund (AAF). Learn more about:

Submitting a Request for Reimbursement

Before you can request reimbursement, you must:

  • submit all medical expenses or athletic related charges to your insurance plan (SHP or private insurance); and 
  • receive approval from the team physician or UHS physician.

Upon approval, submit a completed AAF Reimbursement Request form to the Student Health Plan office via mail, along with all required documentation (e.g., copies of bills, “Explanation of Benefits (EOB)" statements from your insurance company).

If your athletic injury or illness requires outside services during scheduled school breaks or over the summer, you still may be eligible for reimbursement. Complete an Outside Referral form and include all required documentation.

Send completed requests to the Student Health Plan office via mail.

Allow 4-6 weeks for processing. Reimbursement will be sent directly to your student account.

Reimbursable Expenses 

  • Laboratory testing, diagnostic testing and/or consultations from outside physicians for athletic related injuries/illnesses during the academic year, as well as during the summer and break periods
  • EKGs and other heart-related testing for sports clearance
  • Medication for sport-related illnesses/injuries (e.g., anti-inflammatory medications and antibiotics for wrestlers with mat-related skin conditions)
  • Orthotics/braces
  • Chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage therapy

Authorized services may be reimbursed up to:

  • $200 medical insurance deductible and $100 prescription deductible; or
  • what you would have paid for deductible and copayment if enrolled in SHP and using in-network providers.

Non-Reimbursable Expenses

  • Medications for diabetes, asthma, or other chronic conditions affected by exercise
  • Rehabilitation for injury not sport-related
  • Athletic-related injury/illness expenses incurred after August 31 in the year you graduate or after your termination of enrollment at Princeton University. This exclusion applies even if the injury or illness on which it is based occurred or began prior to graduation or termination of enrollment (i.e., continued physical therapy, consultations/treatments, and/or follow-up surgeries)
  • Requests for reimbursement made more than two years after date of incurred expenses
  • Medical expenses incurred without prior approval from team physician/UHS physician

Post-Referral Requirements 

After receiving prescribed services from an outside consultant or testing facility, you are required to schedule a follow-up appointment with your team physician/UHS physician. You will need to bring or have your records and test results faxed to Athletic Medicine at 609-258-1355.

Failure to meet with your attending team physician/UHS physician for a follow-up will prevent you from submitting future medical expenses for reimbursement through the AAF.