Health Insurance Requirements

All international students in F-1 status are required to have sufficient health insurance during their period of enrollment at any one of the twenty-three California State University (CSU) Campuses, including San Francisco State University. 

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:

  1. 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  Please include your full-name and SF State ID in your e-mail.
  2. 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 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

Buy Insurance

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.

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).

(Video length: 3:14.  This video does not include any dialogue)

Watch the "Understanding and Using Your Health Insurance" video on QQ 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the name of the SF State sponsored health insurance?

The name of the insurance company is GeoBlue.  For questions, contact Ascension Customer Service team at 1-800-537-1777 or via email at

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. 

Can I purchase this insurance during my OPT period?

Yes.  Detailed instruction coming soon.

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.