Health Insurance Requirements
All international students in F-1 status are required to purchase SF State sponsored insurance during their period of enrollment at SF State.
Effective April 5, 2017, F-1 International students are required to satisfy the insurance requirement through purchase of the SF State sponsored insurance offered by Ascension (Not Wells Fargo Student Insurance). There are two exceptions to this policy:
Students on a government-sponsored scholarship which provides compatible insurance coverage as a part of the sponsorship. To clear hold: E-mail a proof of your government scholarship that includes reference to your health insurance to OIP at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your full-name and SF State ID in your e-mail.
- Students receiving insurance coverage through an employer-sponsored plan in the United States (i.e. receipt of insurance is a part of the U.S. employment compensation through your spouse): please contact Mr. Michael Beatty, Risk Manager at email@example.com for instruction to clear the insurance hold. Include your full-name and SF State ID in your e-mail.
To ensure that all international students provide sufficient evidence of coverage, an International Health Insurance Hold must be cleared before you can enroll in courses for an upcoming term.
Purchase SF State Sponsored Health Insurance
New and current F-1 students:
Registrar's Office will clear your hold within 48 hours.It is not necessary provide the proof of purchase to the Registrar's Office or OIP.
F-1 students who are on OPT:
Complete the 2017-2018 OPT Enrollment Form – F-1 Students (PDF, 181KB). Select the coverage that you wish to purchase, and calculate the total charges.
- When you are done, mail the enrollment form with payment to the address indicated on the form. You can also fax it to (310) 394-0142. If you have already received the EAD, please provide a photocopy of the EAD (front copy only) with your enrollment form.
If you have either applied for OPT or are currently on OPT, you will not be able to purchase health insurance online. You must complete the paper form and fax or mail to Ascension. Ascension can not accept application and credit card information by email.
- You must make your purchase within 30 days of your previous insurance end date. For example, if your current insurance will end on August 11, you must purchase new coverage by September 11.
Understanding and Using Your Health Insurance
Watch the following video to learn how health insurance works in the U.S., what to do when you are sick, and services provided by Student Health Services (SHS).
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the name of the SF State sponsored health insurance?
Can I purchase health insurance at Student Health Services (SHS)?
No, SHS does not accept payments for insurance. Insurance must be purchased at Ascension’s website.
How do I get my Insurance card?
Ascension will email insurance cards to students two weeks prior to the start of term For Fall 2017, the cards will be emailed out in the last week of July 2017.