Gender Affirming Care

In addition to general medical services, students who are transgender or considering transition may have specific medical needs or questions. At Rutgers Student Health there are various services to meet these needs.

Available Services

Medical Services

  • Assistance related to the transition process including medical counseling, hormone therapy, and hormone-level monitoring
  • Assisting with referrals to external healthcare providers, such as surgeons and endocrinologists
  • Signing official name-change documents

Counseling Services

  • Structured/evidence-based individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Crisis management
  • Substance abuse assessment and treatment
  • Psychiatric services and/or linkages to community providers
Paying for Trans-Related Healthcare

Gender-affirming healthcare is often covered by health insurance companies, but each company is different, and patients must investigate their own specific health insurance plan to determine benefits and coverage. Prescription drug coverage is often handled separately from the medical health benefits and may be managed by a different company altogether.  Be sure to ask about prescription drug coverage, as well.

Rutgers Student Health will provide gender-affirming medical care for registered students regardless of the type of insurance coverage they have. Some of our students receive their health coverage through the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), which is an on-campus resource.

The standard plans offered by the SHIP include coverage for the following:

  • Continuous hormone therapy 
  • Laboratory testing to monitor hormone therapy
  • Genital reconstruction surgery
  • Psychotherapy
  • Chest reduction surgery
  • Surgery to change specified secondary sex characteristics

Every situation is evaluated on its own merits, and any treatment needs to meet specific coverage criteria. Please note that meeting the criteria is not a guarantee of payment, as a final determination cannot be made until the classification codes are submitted and reviewed.

For more benefit details and eligibility requirements, visit or email

For information on Student Health Insurance: Department of Risk Management & Insurance visit, call 848-932-8285, or stop by their office at 11 Bishop Place on the College Avenue Campus.

Certain treatments are not covered, including:

  • Reversal of sex transformation surgery
  • Fertility preservation
  • Cosmetic procedures and treatment

Additional Resources

The Rutgers Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities (SJE).

SJE strives to provide a home away from home for all LGBTQA students and their allies. Whether you have questions about your health, the LGBTQA community, or college life in general, you can always call, email, or just drop by.

Alternatively, students can view this list of other LGBTQA resources below:

Education and Social Services

Rutgers– Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities
17 Bartlett Street
College Ave Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Institute for Personal Growth
119 Raritan Ave
Highland Park, NJ 08904

The Pride Center of NJ
85 Raritan Avenue, Suite 100
Highland Park, NJ  08904

HIV & AIDS Organizations

Hyacinth HIV/AIDS Foundation (Middlesex County)
317 George Street, Suite 203
New Brunswick, NJ  08901
Hotline: 800-433-0254

Buddies of New Jersey, Inc.
Franklin A. Smith Resource Center
149 Hudson Street
Hackensack, NJ  07601
Office: 201-489-2900
Helpline: 1-800-508-7577

Advocacy & Political Organizations

New Jersey Gay Life
P.O. Box 224
Metuchen, NJ  08840

Jersey Pride, Inc.
P.O. Box  7973
Princeton, NJ 08543
The annual LGBTQA celebration is the first Sunday in June in Asbury Park, NJ.

American Civil Liberties Union – NJ
P.O. Box 32159
Newark, NJ  07102

Garden State Equality
1408 Main Street
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC  20036-3278

Lambda Legal
120 Wall Street
19th Floor
New York, NY  10005

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
PFLAG – Princeton Chapter
George Thomas Room at Trinity Church
33 Mercer Street
Princeton, NJ  08540
Meets the second Monday of every month

LGBT Community Center (NY)
208 West 13th Street
New York, NY  10011

Transgender Health Resources

Rutgers Student Health
11 Bishop Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Mazzoni Center (Philadelphia)
1348 Bainbridge Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Callen Lorde Community Health Center (NY)
356 West 18th Street
New York, NY  10011

Healthy Transitions
Montclair Location
50 Church Street Suite L3
Montclair, NJ 07042

Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (PA)
21 South 12th Street, 10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA  19107

Transgender Basics Video (NY)

Hudson’s FTM Guide
Transgender (Female To Male) resource guide

Center of Excellence for Transgender Health (University of California, San Fransico)
50 Beale Street, Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA  94105

National Center for Transgender Equality
1133 19th Street, NW, Suite 302
Washington, DC 20036

PROUD Family Health at RWJ Somerset Family Practice
110 Rehill Ave
Somerville, NJ 08876
Appointments: 855-766-8334
Office hours: Mondays 6–9pm