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Insurance Waivers

The University of Texas Board of Regents requires all international students in a F-1, F-2, J-1, or J-2 visa status to have health insurance coverage which complies with the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). For this reason, enrollment in the UT Student Health Insurance Plan is automatic at the time of registration, and the cost of the policy is included in the student’s tuition and fee bill. In certain cases, students holding comparable coverage may be eligible to waive enrollment in the UT Student Health Insurance Plan.  

Note: J-1 students in a reciprocal exchange program are not eligible to waive the student health insurance plan.

Review the following waiver eligibility categories to determine your eligibility, required documentation, and submission deadline & submit via the insurance secure document uploader.

2016-17 Waivers Description Submission Deadlines
Graduate Student with an Academic Assignment (TA/GRA/AI)

Apply for waiver online.

Note: If your hiring department has not begun to process your assignment by the 11th class day of the semester (3rd class day during the summer), your waiver will be voided and you will be billed for the UT Health Insurance Plan.

Fall/Spring: 11th class day, 5 p.m.
Summer: 3rd class day, 5 p.m. of the first summer session
Spouse/Child of a UT Employee International students covered by a parent or spouse’s UT Select staff insurance may submit the UT Select Dependent Insurance (PDF) waiver of the UT Student Health Insurance Plan. Fall/Spring: 11th class day, 5 p.m
Summer: 3rd class day, 5 p.m. of the first summer session
Student Graduating in Spring If you are graduating at the end of the spring semester, you may choose to waive enrollment in the summer student health insurance plan coverage using the Verification of Graduation (PDF) waiver request form. 3rd class day, 5 p.m. of the first summer session
Graduate Student with Fellowship

Graduate students awarded with a competitive fellowship are eligible to purchase the UT Select group medical insurance plan.  See Human Resource Services' Insurance for Eligible Graduate Student Fellows page for more information.

If you have purchased UT Select based on your fellowship eligibility, you may waive the student health insurance plan using the Fellowship Insurance (PDF) waiver request form.

Fall/Spring: 11th class day, 5 p.m.
Summer: 3rd class day, 5 p.m. of the first summer session
Student with U.S. Employer Insurance International students holding insurance plans provided by a U.S. employer may submit the US Employer Insurance waiver request (PDF) waiver form.  This insurance must be compliant with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and meet certain minimum requirements as described on the waiver form.

Fall/Spring: 11th class day, 5 p.m.

Summer: 3rd class day, 5 p.m. of the first summer session

Student with Individual Insurance In very limited cases, international students holding individual U.S. insurance plans may submit the Private Insurance waiver request (PDF) form. This insurance must be compliant with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and meet certain minimum requirements as described on the waiver form. No international, short-term, or travel plans will be accepted for waiver purposes. Fall/Spring: 11th class day, 5 p.m.

Summer: 3rd class day, 5 p.m. of the first summer session

Processing Time

Waiver requests may take up to two weeks to be processed. You may check to see if your waiver request has been approved by viewing your tuition and fee bill.

If you see insurance charges on your tuition and fee bill on the 11th class day (fall/spring) or 3rd class day (summer), contact the Insurance Advisor immediately.