Waiving the Student Health Insurance Plan

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 that 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 law, and we believe it is a good value for the coverage it provides. 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 & submit via the insurance secure document uploader.

ESL and J-1 Exchange Students

2022-2023 Waiver Deadlines

  Fall 2022 Spring 2023 Summer 2023
Deadline Fri., Sept. 2, 2022
by 5 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 23, 2023
by 5 p.m.
Thur., June 1, 2023
by 5 p.m.

Download a Waiver Application

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 10th class day (fall/spring) or 1st class day (summer I session), contact the Insurance Advisor immediately.


Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page or email us at intlinsurance@austin.utexas.edu and include your EID in your message.