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Information for International Students

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

Health Insurance Requirements 

New waiver requirements introduced in 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.

  • This will eliminate short-term plans as acceptable coverage - including International Standards Organization (ISO) plans.
  • Students will no longer be eligible to purchase health insurance plans through Student Medicover, as part of a new agreement with United Healthcare Student Resources.
Undergraduate Students

Rates and Enrollment Deadlines

Undergraduate Insurance Rates and Enrollment/Waive Deadlines

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

Rates for 2017-18 (Individual Plan)
Annual - $2,444.00
Fall - $967.00
Spring - $1,477.00
Annual Coverage breaks down to approximately $203.67 per month

Rates for 2018-19 (Individual Plan)
Annual - $2,619.00

How to Enroll in the Penn State SHIP

  • Visit the First Student website.
  • Select "Pennsylvania State University"
  • Click "Enroll Now - Health Insurance"
  • Follow instructions to enroll

How to Waive the Penn State SHIP

If you already have health insurance that meets all of Penn State’s International Student and Dependent Waiver Standards for Student Health Insurance, you must provide proof of insurance.

  • Visit the First Student website.
  • Select "Pennsylvania State University"
  • Click "Waive Your School's Health Insurance"
  • Enter policy details for an alternate health insurance plan that meets all of the waiver criteria when prompted.

 

Graduate, Law, and Professional Students (Without Assistantship or Fellowship)

Rates and Enrollment Deadlines

Graduate Insurance Rates and Enrollment/Waive Deadlines

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

Rates for 2017-18 (Individual Plan)
Annual - $3,418.00
Fall - $1,352.00
Spring - $2,066.00
Annual Coverage breaks down to approximately $284.84 per month

Rates for 2018-19 (Individual Plan)
Annual - $3,663.00

How to Enroll in the Penn State SHIP

  • Visit the First Student website.
  • Select "Pennsylvania State University"
  • Click "Enroll Now - Health Insurance"
  • Follow instructions to enroll

How to Waive the Penn State SHIP

If you already have health insurance that meets all of Penn State’s International Student and Dependent Waiver Standards for Student Health Insurance, you must provide proof of insurance.

  • Visit the First Student website.
  • Select "Pennsylvania State University"
  • Click "Waive Your School's Health Insurance"
  • Enter policy details for an alternate health insurance plan that meets all of the waiver criteria when prompted.
Graduate Assistants or Graduate Fellows

Graduate Assistants and Graduate Fellows are automatically enrolled in the Penn State Student Insurance Plan (SHIP) each fall semester for medical, dental, and vision coverage. Learn more.

How to Enroll in the Penn State SHIP

  • Visit the First Student website.
  • Select "Pennsylvania State University"
  • Click "Waive Your School's Insurance"
    Please note: selecting "Waive Your School's Insurance," does not indicate that you wish to decline SHIP coverage, rather, that you acknowledge the Penn State SHIP and agree to the monthly paycheck deduction schedule.

Enter the following policy details for the Penn State SHIP

  • Visa – Select appropriate visa type
  • Answer “Yes” to questions 1-13
  • Member ID: 000
  • Group #: 2017-547-2
  • Is your Insurance Policy through a U.S. based employer plan? No
  • Is your Insurance Plan part of a Medicaid Program? No
  • Is your insurance sponsored by your Government: No
  • Are you a graduate assistant/fellow? Yes
  • Policy Holder First Name: Your First Name
  • Policy Holder Last Name: Your Last Name
  • Policy Holder Date of Birth: Your Date of Birth
  • Policy Holder Member ID Number: 000
  • Insurance Company Phone Number: 888-224-4810
  • Insurance Company Address: P.O. Box 809025
  • Insurance Company City: Dallas
  • Insurance Company State: TX
  • Insurance Company Zip Code: 75380
  • Insurance Plan Type: PPO

If you want to enroll eligible dependents in the plan, you must complete changes to your selection in Workday.

How to Waive the Penn State SHIP

If you already have health insurance that meets all of Penn State’s International Student and Dependent Waiver Standards for Student Health Insurance, you must provide proof of insurance.

  • Visit the First Student website.
  • Select "Pennsylvania State University"
  • Click "Waive Your School's Insurance"
  • Enter policy details for an alternate health insurance plan that meets all of the waiver criteria when prompted.
  • If you choose to decline medical, dental, or vision coverage, you must also complete a declination form available on Workday.

Eligibility

Penn State SHIP eligibility

Eligible dependent information

Late Fees

International students must enroll for, or waive Penn State SHIP coverage through the First Student website, by September 4, 2018. 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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