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Work-Life Balance

Graduate school can easily require more attention than a full-time job, which can make it challenging to devote time to other commitments such as family and other personal responsibilities. The Graduate School, the GSC, and campus partners coordinate seminars and events to help graduate students balance graduate school with other commitments, and the campus has several resources available to support graduate student health and wellness. There are also many opportunities to attend cultural or sporting events, as time allows.

Health and Wellness

K-State has several units available to support graduate student health and wellness. Graduate Students have access to many services that are free, covered by student fees or available at a minimal cost.

Center for Advocacy, Response and Education (CARE)
The Center for Advocacy, Response and Education (CARE) provides confidential services and advocacy for survivors of sexual violence, dating violence, stalking and harassment. The CARE coordinators are available to assist survivors in understanding and navigating university policies and procedures and helps promote the academic success and personal wellness of survivors. The CARE coordinators are also available to the greater K-State community to provide education, training and facilitated conversations around the aforementioned and related topics.

Counseling Services
K-State's Counseling Services provides brief intervention in a student's life that may assist in decision making, skill building, or mental health support. The overriding goal for all students is to maintain successful academic progress and personal well-being. Counseling Services provides short-term, focused counseling to currently registered K-State students in areas of decision making, crisis intervention, adjustment, and matters of personal concern.

Lafene Health Center
Lafene Health Center, located adjacent to the west side of campus at 1105 Sunset Avenue, offers K-State students comprehensive, high quality, easily accessible, affordable outpatient health care. The Center also serves as a resource and an advocate for health education, promotion and wellness, such as individualized nutrition counseling or confidential counseling at the Women's Clinic in areas of medical and psychosocial aspects of human sexuality.

Recreational Services
As a K-State student, a portion of your student fees grant you access to the Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex during semesters you are enrolled in at least 1 credit hour. During the fall and spring semesters, the Rec Complex is open as early as 5:30am and as late as midnight. Your K-State student ID card is required for entry. The Rec Complex offers a wide range of fitness equipment and machines and a variety of free fitness classes. K-State's recreational services also offers an intramural athletics program, sports clubs, a ropes challenge course, and rental service for outdoor recreational equipment.

Wildcat Wellness Coalition
Recreational Services, Lafene Health Center and Counseling Services have created a wellness coalition to more formally collaborate on providing information and activities on health and wellness issues to the campus community. As student service agencies at Kansas State University, our focus is on student development via physical and emotional wellness.


Health Insurance Information

For GTAs, GRAs, and GAs

Graduate students appointed to a .5 graduate teaching assistantship (GTA), graduate research assistantship (GRA), or graduate assistantship (GA), or any combination of the three equal to .5, are eligible for the GTA/GRA/GA health insurance. You also will have the option to purchase dental and vision insurance.

For All K-State Graduate Students

Domestic graduate students who are not on a .5 GTA, GRA, or GA appointment are eligible to enroll in the Kansas Board of Regents Student Insurance Program contracted through United Healthcare Student Resources. Visit UHCSR to find plan information for option 1 at the bottom of the page. Enroll online by clicking on "Enroll Now" in the upper right hand corner at the top of the page. Enter your personal information. On the "Buy Insurance" page, select the "Domestic-Student Plan-Basic" policy. You also will have the option to purchase dental and vision insurance.

Cultural Experiences

Explore the Arts

From live performances through the McCain performance series, theatre, dance, and music performances by K-State students and faculty, the Beach Museum of Art and four art galleries on campus featuring fine artwork from K-State students and faculty and visiting artists, K-State offers graduate students and their families an array of opportunities to explore the arts. 

Explore the World through a Diverse Campus Community

Domestic and international graduate students and their families have the opportunity to learn about numerous cultures around the globe through the International Coffee Hour Series hosted by the International Student and Scholar Services office (ISSS), events hosted by international student organizations, and International Week and other events hosted by the International Coordinating Council.

K-State Athletics

Cheer on one of K-State’s men’s or women’s athletic teams in over 10 different sports throughout the year! With a K-State student ID card, graduate students can gain free entry to some sporting events and purchase discounted tickets to others. 

Campus resources to support busy graduate students and their families

Powercat Financial

Powercat Financial provides FREE information and education to currently enrolled K-State students who are seeking help with issues such as budgeting, credit use, saving, identity theft, managing debt, student loan management, and transitioning to work after college.

Non-Traditional and Veteran Student Services

Non-Traditional & Veteran Student Services (NTVSS) provides assistance and advocacy for students who are 25 years of age or older, are married, have children, are veterans, or are returning to school after three or more years. 

Hoeflin Stone House Early Childhood Education Center

The School of Family Studies and Human Services operates six early childhood classrooms for children aged 6 weeks through five years at The Stone House Ruth Hoeflin Early Childhood Education Center and C.Q. and Georgia Chandler III Institute for Child and Family Studies on N. Manhattan Avenue. The site serves as a teacher training facility for students enrolled in the pre-service early childhood education program. Enrollment in the programs is open to members of the K-State and Manhattan communities.

K-State Center for Child Development

The K-State Center for Child Development is a Student Life department serving the child care and early childhood education needs of K-State students, faculty, staff and the community. The Center also partners with Army Childcare in Your Neighborhood to offer subsidies to military families. The Center provides a variety of subsidies to make childcare affordable to all families. The Center offers full-day high quality and educational programs for infants through school age (6 weeks through 5th grade). The Center is open year round offering care Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m

K-State Family Center

The K-State Family Center provides applied educational training to masters and doctoral interns while offering counseling, family-related educational programs, consultation, and mediation services to Manhattan and the state. On-site services include individual, couple, family and group therapy, and parent education. State sponsored home-based family therapy training is also provided for clinicians throughout the state through contracts with KDAD’S.