Health Insurance

Health Insurance Coverage Requirement for International Students

Any enrolled student who is not a U. S. citizen or a U.S. lawful permanent resident is an international student as defined by the TAMU System Policy 26.99.01. Such students could be non-degree or degree seeking undergraduate, graduate, or professional students at Texas A&M International University. If you already have a health insurance policy, you must demonstrate proof of insurance and submit a waiver for you and for any accompanying dependents: spouse and/or children. Individually purchased plans from vendors other than the Texas A&M System provider will not be eligible for a waiver from automatic enrollment in the SSHIP. Automatic enrollment in the SSHIP may be waived for international students in the following instances:

I. A sponsored international student whose program is being coordinated through the Office of International Engagement (IE) and whose sponsor requires a specific type of health insurance coverage. Documentation of this requirement must be presented to IE at least five business days before the first day of class each semester.

II. An international student is enrolled in employer-provided group health insurance coverage, which includes medical evacuation and repatriation coverage. The waiver may be granted for students enrolled in Texas A&M employee coverage for graduate students and full-time employees only after a Waiver has been submitted and approved.

Health Insurance Coverage Requirements and Fees for International Students

Your current insurance policy must meet all the TAMU system requirements listed to qualify for a waiver. Visit My AHP Care for a complete list of benefits.

All international TAMIU students will be assessed the health insurance fee.

Health Insurance Fee 2018-2019

Term Fee
Fall 2018 $834.00
Spring 2019 $1,662.00
Summer 2019* $732.00


*Fee only applicable to students that did not enroll for spring 2018/19 insurance. Waiver is not available for summer insurance.

International students enrolling in International Language Institute (ILI) courses will be automatically assessed a health insurance fee of $208 per month of enrollment.

Health Insurance Waiver

Students may only request a waiver of SSHIP in certain circumstances and must provide proof of alternative health insurance coverage. Coverage must comply with the requirements set by A&M System Regulations. Find out more about the BlueCrossBlueShild summary of benefits.

The waiver process will be available August 01, 2018 - September 21, 2018. If approved for a waiver, your approval will be valid for the semester you applied for. International students must show proof of alternate adequate coverage each semester.

To apply for a waiver you will need to do the following:

Once your waiver and your proof documents are received by AHP, you will be notified via email within 5-10 business days with the status of your waiver request. If approved, it may take up to 10-14 business days to process the adjustment to your tuition and fees.

Graduate Assistantships

Current Graduate Student Employees- If you are a current graduate student employee and you are currently enrolled in the Graduate Student health plan and your assistantship will continue for Spring 2019, your coverage will be automatically continued for the Spring 2019 semester. You are not required to apply for a waiver of SSHIP.

Current Graduate Student Employees in a Leave Without Pay Status- If you are a current graduate student employee placed in a leave without pay status, contact your hiring department as soon as possible to make sure that your benefits are reinstated. You are not required to apply for a waiver of SSHIP as long as coverage begins no later than September 1, 2018.

Current Graduate Student Employees with effective date of coverage after 9/1/2018- If your benefits begin after September 1, 2018, you will be autobilled for SSHIP for Fall 2018. If it is later determined that you are due a refund, AHP will process these in the form of a check and mailed to your local address. Refunds are issued at the end of the policy term.

For additional information or assistance, please contact the Academic HealthPlans Customer Service Team at 877-624-7911.

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