Effective Fall 2017 Term: Important updates to the UH-System policy regarding health insurance requirements for international students
The University of Houston will no longer require international students with “non-F” or “non-J” visa status to show proof of health insurance.
The university WILL NOT add the health insurance charge to your university financial account and will not automatically enroll you in the Student Health Insurance Plan.
International students with “F” or “J” visa status are required to be covered under the UHS Student Health Insurance Plan or have equivalent health insurance coverage, regardless of the number of credit hours taken. At the time of registration, the student will automatically be enrolled in the mandatory UHS-endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) and will be charged for the coverage period on their student financial account.
It is the responsibility of F and J visa international students with an Authorized Medical Withdrawal or a SEVIS Authorized Reduced Course Load to carry health insurance that is equivalent to that offered by the UHS Student Health Insurance Plan.
Each UHS University shall establish guidelines to ensure compliance with the mandatory health insurance requirements. These guidelines shall include a process which requires automatic enrollment in SHIP for students in F or J visa status. A student may receive a waiver of this requirement if the student’s alternative coverage meets the requirements outlined in this policy.
It is the responsibility of each student to inform the University of their current visa status. Visa status changes that may affect or reverse a student’s waiver or enrollment in the mandatory SHIP must be posted to the student’s university account no later than the posted semester deadline.
Submit your status changes as early as possible and follow-up with the appropriate department(s) to ensure all changes are POSTED timely and accurately.
A student enrolled in an approved distance education program and is residing outside of the United States for the full coverage period should have their student account updated prior to semester waiver deadline to avoid being charged. Contact the Online and Distance Education Department if you require assistance.
Contact International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) if you have any questions about your international status.
An international student may request a waiver of this mandatory health insurance fee in the following instances with proof of acceptable alternate insurance.
In order to be approved for a waiver of enrollment in the mandatory SHIP, an alternate health coverage must meet or exceed the requirements as set forth below and be submitted each coverage period/semester by the waiver deadline date.
The waiver deadline is the official reporting day as posted on the Academic Calendar.
If medical evacuation and repatriation that equals the amounts as compared to the SHIP are not included in an otherwise acceptable policy, a rider must be purchased.
NOTE: The university must submit an enrollment list to Academic HealthPlans to activate your insurance account each term. During the waiver period, allow approximately 2-3 business days after the health insurance charge has been posted to your university account for your insurance account to be activated.
International students that are subject to this policy must have health and medical evacuation/repatriation coverage that meets or exceeds the requirements below.
International students that are subject to this policy must have health and medical evacuation/repatriation coverage that meet or exceed the following SHIP coverage period:
International “J” Student Visa Holders must have a policy whose deductible does not exceed $500 annually.
International “F” Student Visa Holders must have a policy whose deductible does not exceed $1,500 (individual)/$3,000 (family) annually.
Individual plans, travel plans, or plans that require individuals to pay for treatment before being reimbursed will NOT be accepted for waiver approval.
If your alternate coverage meets the above minimum requirements, use the link below to submit electronic copies of the following documents with your online waiver request:
Fall 2017 Waiver Period: August 1, 2017 – September 6, 2017
Notification of acceptance or rejection of this request will be sent to your University email within seven business days. Late submissions will not be accepted.