Yale has extended the deadline for enrollment in its new student dental plan to noon on Oct. 16.

As of Oct. 7, the original deadline, only 140 graduate and undergraduate students had signed up for the plan, a spokesperson for Bollinger insurance said.

Paul Genecin, director of Yale University Health Services, notified all students of the deadline extension in an e-mail sent on Friday.

Genecin said UHS requested Bollinger to extend the deadline because the University wanted to make the program available to anyone who wanted dental coverage.

“The deadline was on the form but people overlooked it,” Genecin said. “There were some people who wanted to sign up for it but couldn’t because they missed the deadline.”

But some students said they still do not plan to purchase the new dental insurance plan.

“It’s a hell of a lot cheaper to do it at home,” Alberto Boquin ’06 said.

Other students, including Laura Finkelstein ’04, said they have not signed up for the plan because they already have dental insurance.

“I use my mother’s dental plan,” Finkelstein said.

Bollinger had already extended the original deadline from Sept. 30 to Oct. 7.

The dental plan provides $600 maximum coverage for an annual fee of $180.

–Jessica Feinstein