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Student Health Insurance - International Students

International students and any accompanying dependents are required to submit proof of health insurance coverage that meets a set of requirements, or purchase the Penn State Student Health Insurance plan (SHIP).

Health Insurance Requirements

New waiver requirements for 2017-18 require all health insurance plans to be filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance, or be approved by the Penn State Student Health Insurance Office and accompanied by a letter of financial guarantee for services not covered from the plan sponsor.

How to Enroll/Waive SHIP Coverage

Eligible undergraduate, graduate, law, and professional students (without assistantship or fellowship) must enroll/waive SHIP coverage by visiting the First Student website.

Although Graduate Assistants and Graduate Fellows are automatically enrolled in the Penn State SHIP, students must still visit the First Student website to confirm their status as a Graduate Assistant or Graduate Fellow. Graduate Assistants and Graduate Fellows may waive coverage or add additional dependents by vising University Health Services Graduate Benefit Enrollment System.


SHIP is available to:

Students who meet eligibility requirements for the Penn State SHIP must actively attend classes for at least the first 31 days after the date when coverage becomes effective.

*Please note: a change in student registration status that no longer meets the criteria listed above may result in termination of student health insurance benefits.

SHIP is not available to:

Rates and Enroll/Waive Deadlines

Enrollment/Waive Deadlines
Coverage Period Fall 2017 Spring 2018 Summer 2018 (Session 1) Summer 2018 (Session 2)
Enroll/Waive Deadline for all international studetns September 5, 2017 January 17, 2018 May 21, 2018 July 5, 2018

Rates for 2017-18 (individual plans)

Late Fees

International students must enroll for, or waive Penn State SHIP coverage through the First Student website, by September 5, 2017. After this deadline, students will incur a $50 fee for first-time late offenses, and a $100 fee for subsequent late offenses payable to the Penn State Student Health Insurance office by money order only.


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