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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.

The UT Student Health Insurance Plan meets and exceeds the requirements of the new law, and we believe it is a good value for coverage. More information is available on our insurance resources page about the UT Student Health Insurance Plan and using health insurance in the United States. More information about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Review the following waiver eligibility categories to determine your eligibility, required documentation, and submission deadline:

Waiver Eligibility Category Description Submission Deadlines
ESL Student Contact ESL services to receive the latest ESL insurance waiver. Contact ESL Services
Graduate Student with an Academic Assignment (TA/GRA/AI) Apply for waiver online.
Graduate students with a benefits-eligible TA/AI assignment in the Spring semester are provided with UT Select staff health insurance for both the spring and summer semesters.
Students with benefits-eligible GRA assignments are provided UT Select staff health insurance for only that semester in which the student is employed.
If the 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
Graduate Student Residing Outside the U.S. International graduate students registered in research, thesis, dissertation, or ISR may submit the Graduate Student Residing Outside of the U.S. (PDF) waiver of the UT Student Health Insurance Plan if they will remain outside of the United States for the complete duration of the semester. 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 valued at $10,000 or more per year are eligible to purchase the UT Select group medical insurance plan (i.e. basic medical for the fellow and dependents, including dental and vision insurance). Please visit 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 and compliant with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) may submit the US Employer Insurance waiver request (PDF) waiver form. Fall/Spring: 11th class day, 5 p.m.
Student with Individual Insurance International students holding individual U.S. insurance plans compliant with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) may submit the Private Insurance waiver request (PDF) form. Fall/Spring: 11th class day, 5 p.m.
Continuing UT Student in a Non-F/J Visa Status
(Fall 2015 Only)
For fall 2015 only,continuing students not in an F or J visa status must submit the Non-F/J Visa Insurance Waiver Form (PDF) if they wish to be waived from enrollment in the Student Health Insurance Plan.
Beginning spring 2016, all students who are not in an F or J status will no longer be billed automatically for student health insurance.
09/10/2015, 5 p.m.

Submitting A Waiver

All students, excluding ESL students, may submit their completed Insurance Waiver Request to ISSS in one of the following ways:

By Email:

Submit a scanned copy of the completed waiver to iowaivers@austin.utexas.edu.

If you have questions about which waiver to choose or how to complete a waiver, email insuranceadvisor@austin.utexas.edu.

In Person:

Forms may be dropped off at the International Office's front desk.

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.