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The University of Houston will submit your eligibility for enrollment in the Student Health Insurance Plan to insurance administrator (Academic HealthPlans) each applicable term.

International students who are required to maintain health insurance must ACTIVATE their enrollment in the Student Health Insurance Plan or submit a WAIVER each coverage period.

During the ENROLLMENT ACTIVATION and WAIVER period, uploads from the university will be processed at 9:00 AM, 3:00 PM and 9:00 PM daily. After the health insurance charge has been posted to your university account, allow approximately one (1) hour after the next scheduled upload before attempting to ACTIVATE your enrollment or submit a WAIVER.

Students holding comparable coverage may be eligible to waive enrollment in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). For more detailed waiver criteria please visit Academic HealthPlans: Enrollment Activation and Waiver.

  • You are encouraged to complete your waiver request as soon as possible. Any additional information that may be requested must be submitted prior to the posted deadline.
  • Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • If you DO NOT submit a waiver or if your waiver submission is not approved, you will be automatically enrolled in SHIP and the cost of the insurance coverage will be included in your student account.

Waiver Instructions

(you DO NOT want the student health insurance plan):
  1. Have an electronic copy of your medical ID card and full policy document (in English) ready.
  2. Go to Academic HealthPlans: Enrollment Activation and Waiver
  3. Select the appropriate ' Submit Your Waiver Request' link.
    1. The definition of "new" or "returning" students for Fall coverage period is based on the student's insurance account:
      1. NEW Student: Not enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan for the Spring or Summer coverage period. If you obtained a waiver for the Spring or Summer coverage period, you are considered a NEW STUDENT for the Fall coverage period.
      2. RETURNING Student: Enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan for the Spring or Summer coverage period.
      3. All students (new or returning) Spring and/or Summer coverage period will use one link.
    2. By clicking the "Submit your Waiver Request" link, you confirm that you have read and understand the University of Houston System Policy concerning F and J Visa International Health Insurance Requirements.
  4. Once on the waiver system, you will be asked to provide:
    1. Student ID: Use your full UH student ID
    2. Password: Your date of birth in MMDDYYYY format (i.e. 01011990), unless you previously changed the password.
  5. Select the WAIVE button from the “I Already Have Insurance” section.
  6. Complete the waiver form and attach an electronic copy of the front and back of your medical insurance card and your full policy document.
  7. Select the ‘Submit Waiver’ button at the bottom of the waiver form.
  8. You will receive a waiver status email within 5-7 business days.

Once you have successfully submitted your waiver request you will receive an on-screen confirmation and an automated email confirming receipt of your request. Please make sure you receive this submission confirmation email, and print it for your records. Should there be any problems with your waiver, you will need this confirmation email which contains your waiver request ID number.