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Health Insurance Requirements

All non-immigrant F-1 and J-1 student visa holders who are enrolled in any amount of credit hours are required to have basic medical/hospitalization health insurance coverage either through the University-endorsed plan or by providing evidence of their own acceptable insurance.

Students are given the option to apply for a health insurance waiver before the start date listed on their immigration document, as long as the students and their plan meet the UH System Health Insurance Waiver Criteria (see below). If students fail to submit the waiver or wish to receive the insurance plan endorsed by the University, the UHV Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) will be automatically charged to your account. You do not need to purchase the SHIP plan separately. The insurance cost for the Fall semester is $1,387 (returning students $1,143), and the cost for both Spring and Summer combined is $2,174, Summer only $797.

F-1/J-1 Mandatory Insurance Definitions and Coverage (UH System Health Insurance Waiver Criteria):

International students that are subject to this policy must have health and medical evacuation/repatriation coverage that meet or exceed the following SHIP coverage period:

International J Student Visa Holders must have a policy whose deductible does not exceed $500 annually.

International F Student Visa Holders must have a policy whose deductible does not exceed $1,500 (individual)/$3,000 (family) annually.

Individual plans, travel plans, or plans that require individuals to pay for treatment before being reimbursed will NOT be accepted for waiver approval.

Health Insurance Waiver Criteria, Instructions, and Deadlines

Students may submit the health insurance waiver if their plan meets the above coverage requirements and/or if the students meet the following criteria:

If your alternate coverage meets the above minimum requirements, use the link below to submit electronic copies of the following documents with your online waiver request:

Submittal of the health insurance waiver will not automatically grant you the waiver. It must be approved in order to be granted. Insurance waiver is reviewed and approved by the SHIP insurance organization. UHV and UH-System will not have any control over the waiver process. 

Online Waiver Submittal

Fall 2022 Waiver Period Ends: August 20th, 2022.
Notification of acceptance or rejection of this request will be sent to your University email within seven business days. Late submissions will not be accepted.

UHV Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

The cost of the UHV Student Health Insurance Plan for the current semester is posted on the International Student Expenses web page. Health insurance endorsed by the university is activated on the first day of class beginning each Fall and Spring semester and ends on the day before the next Fall or Spring term begins. The purpose of this requirement is to provide reasonable assurance that international students will have the financial means to reside within the U.S. during their course of study in the event of an unexpected illness or accident.

Students need to have someone in the United States (or outside the country who speaks English) to contact in case of emergency situations. This contact information must be provided by students at the orientation session and scanned into the student's file upon enrollment. It is also import for students to make sure their dependents have adequate health insurance coverage. Dependents are not included in the student health care plans offered by UHV.

Health Insurance for Athletes

All F-1 and J-1 international athletes must have the recommended health insurance plan through Student athletes must have insurance from August 1st, 2022 to May 31st, 2023.

Once you visit the above website make sure you enter your:

  1. Date of Birth
  2. Select University of Houston Victoria
  3. Select International Student Athlete
  4. Coverage from Aug 1, 2022, to May 31, 2023.

International Athletes will need to purchase the ISS Sports Plus plan either ($100 deductible or $500 deductible). Higher deductible means the athlete will have to cover more out of pocket. Example: Students under the age of 23, $100 deducible plan for 10 months is $2009.44), $500 deductible plan for 10 months is $1821. If a student is over the age of 23, the $100 deductible plan for 10 months is $2940, $500 deductible plan for 10 months is $2676. If a student plans to remain in the U.S. beyond the May 31st 2022 then student must plan accordingly at the time of the insurance purchase. International Athletes must provide evidence of health insurance by sending a copy of the purchased insurance/ insurance card to along with their UHV ID with a subject line: Athlete Health Insurance Confirmation (UHV ID).