Insurance Requirements and Health Services
Health Insurance Requirements for International Students
Please be aware that the Texas A&M University System has changed insurance providers for all student plans including domestic, graduate employee, and international student plans and there are a number of significant changes to the plan and to the premium amount. The insurance premium will still be charged as a separate fee on international student's accounts.
All international students are required to have the Texas A&M University System Student Health Insurance Plan (SSHIP). The plan is automatically charged to an international student's account as a separate charge with their tuition and fees. Students may only request a waiver in certain circumstances. Please note the deadline to submit proof of waiver eligibility is August 26. For more information about the System health insurance requirements for international students and the allowed waivers click here. For more information about the new SSHIP provider click here.
Academic Health Plans (AHP) provides management and administrative services for the student health plans of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. For information concerning the costs for the health insurance click here.
The International Student Student Services Office (ISSO) does not set the cost of the insurance. The cost of the insurance is set by criteria and a bidding process at the Texas A&M University System. The SSHIP is for all Texas A&M University System universities.
As required by the A&M System, international students will be required to enroll in the System Student Health Insurance Plan (SSHIP) unless they meet one of the allowed waivers from the mandatory SSHIP enrollment listed below. The deadline to submit your waiver request and information is August 26. For more information about the System health insurance requirements for international students and the allowed waivers click here.
- Student is sponsored by the U.S. government
- Student is sponsored by a foreign government recognized by the U.S. or certain international, government-sponsored or non-governmental organizations, and student is covered under a health plan that is compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the health plan does not include medical evacuation and repatriation, a rider must be purchased providing coverage at equal limits to the SSHIP
- Student is enrolled in an employer-provided group health plan that is compliant with the ACA. If the health plan does not include medical evacuation and repatriation, a rider must be purchased providing coverage at equal limits to the SSHIP
- Student is enrolled in only distance learning programs
- Student is involved in intercollegiate athletics and coverage for all medical insurance is provided through a policy as part of the current sports accident medical policy approved by System Risk Management.
Please note the ISSO will no longer review alternate health insurance plans for students. ALL WAIVER REQUEST AND ALTERNATE INSURANCE INFORMATION MUST BE SUBMITTED TO ACADEMIC HEALTH PLANS FOR REVIEW. An email with instructions will be sent to all students.