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For incoming and current F and J student visa holders

The University of Texas System Rule 50402 requires all F and J student visa holders to be automatically enrolled in the UT System Student Health Insurance Program. International students are automatically enrolled in this medical insurance plan for each term in which they are registered for SFA courses. There are two insurance periods: Fall and spring/summer.

Upon completion of their academic program, students are no longer automatically enrolled in UT SHIP. Health insurance is optional for students who remain in the U.S. after graduation, such as Optional Practical Training, and becomes their responsibility to enroll in an insurance plan of their choice.

2023-24 health insurance policy information

Health insurance coverage for the 2023-24 year is provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, with enrollment information managed by Academic HealthPlans, Inc.

Premium rates

View the 2023-24 premium rates.

Student coverage: Your medical premium rate will be charged directly to your eBill prior to the start of fall and spring terms. Students registered for SFA courses in the spring term will have coverage through the summer, regardless of summer class registration.

  • Fall 2023 term: $1,306
  • Spring/summer 2024 term: $2,132

Spouse/Child coverage: Premium rates are paid directly to Academic HealthPlans. View the insuring dependents section for enrollment requirements.

Insuring dependents

If you are accompanied by your spouse and/or child(ren), you must purchase medical coverage for them. You may add dependents to your UT SHIP through online enrollmentPremium rates are paid directly to Academic HealthPlans.

Dental coverage

You may purchase optional dental coverage by adding this coverage to your UT SHIP through online enrollmentPremium rates are paid directly to Academic HealthPlans.

Exemptions and waivers

Student-athlete exemption

Student athletes who will receive coverage through SFA Athletics are exempt from enrolling in UT SHIP.

Waiving UT SHIP

All F and J student visa holders attending SFA are automatically enrolled in the program and will incur a fee on their eBill upon SFA class registration. However, you may use an alternative insurance policy by following Academic HealthPlan's waiver process. Students with an approved waiver will receive a refund of the charge on their student account.

Your alternative medical insurance policy must meet all criteria and the correct documents must be filed during the waiver period.

Waiver periods
  • Fall 2023 term: July 28 - Sept. 28, 2023
  • Spring/summer 2024 term: Dec. 1, 2023 - Feb. 1, 2024

Important: Approvals by Academic HealthPlan for a waiver are valid only during the semester for which you applied. You must show proof of adequate alternate coverage each term to Academic HealthPlan.

Visit for complete plan details and to access your account.


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