What insurance is required to attend OSU?

Non-resident international students must be covered by health insurance which meets the U.S. Government visa requirements and Oregon State University standards. Insurance for family members is also available at additional cost.

OSU requires all international students registered for a minimum of 1 on-campus credit to enroll in the OSU International Student Insurance Plan.

Does OSU have an insurance plan which meets the requirements? 

Yes. The OSU Student Health Insurance plan for international students provides affordable coverage for students. The cost for one term of the 2017-2018 academic year is $568.33 for student-only coverage (costs differ for visiting scholars).

How do I enroll?

All international students who are registered for at least 1 credit hour on campus in Fall, Winter and/or Spring terms will be automatically charged for the OSU International Health Insurance.

Payments by credit card, check or cash must be made in the SHS Insurance Office by the third Friday of the term to avoid a "Registration Hold" on your student account.

If you have other insurance, you may submit a waiver and a summary of the insurance for approval no later than the last published date of open enrollment.

If approved, the charge will be removed. If you would like to add a dependent(s), you will need to come to the Student Health Insurance office to complete the necessary paperwork before the end of the enrollment period.

Enrollment and waiver forms are available at the Student Insurance Office or in the forms section.

When can I enroll?

Key dates:

  • Open enrollment: Open enrollment period ends the third Friday of each term.
    • Fall: 9/1/17 - 10/13/17
    • Winter: 12/23/17 - 1/26/18
    • Spring: 3/17/18 - 4/20/18
    • Summer: 6/12/18 - 7/13/18

What to do before open enrollment ends:

  • Submit a completed enrollment form.
  • Add any dependents.
  • Make payments.
  • Complete a waiver form, if desired.

The open enrollment period officially ends the third Friday of each term. You should submit a completed enrollment form, add dependents if desired, and make payments to the insurance office by the end of the period. You may only enroll during an open enrollment period, unless you experience a Qualifying Event such as loss of previous insurance coverage, birth/death, marriage/divorce, etc. You should submit a completed waiver form to waive out of the OSU International plan no later than the last published date of the open enrollment period to have the charge removed from their account. No late waivers will be accepted.

How do I pay for the health insurance charge on my student account?

All payments for the mandatory health insurance must be made either online at mybill.oregonstate.edu or at the Kerr Administration Building.

Kerr Administration accepts cash and check payments only. Please let the cashier know that you want to pay for the insurance premium if you visit Kerr.

Online payments with a credit card are not preferred, as you can't allocate funds to the insurance charge. For additional information regarding paying for the health insurance please access the OSU Cashiers website at Cashier's Office Payment Information.  

Waiver requirements

You must have UNLIMITED medical coverage for accidents and illness. Requirements for both Repatriation of Remains and Medical Evacuation will each need to have a minimum of $50,000 in coverage.

If you are purchasing your own health insurance coverage, please verify the policy meets ALL requirements. Make sure to read your policy benefits and exclusions. Both men and women are required to have coverage for pregnancy within the policy.

NOTE: Student Health will no longer accept travel insurance for waiver submission as a substitute for our International Medical Health Insurance.

Can family members be insured on the OSU plan?

Yes. OSU requires that all non-resident international students and their dependents (living in the United States) be covered by health insurance. The health insurance must meet federal, state and OSU standards. Insurance for family members is also available at additional cost. Because family members are not students, they cannot use Student Health Services on campus but they can see other doctors in the Corvallis area. Refer to the forms section for the cost of adding family members to your plan.

For more information on adding a dependent to your OSU health insurance, contact the Student Health Insurance office 541-737-7600.

What if I lose my Aetna Insurance ID card?

You can print a replacement ID card on the Aetna website by following these steps:

  • Go to this website and type "Oregon State University" in the "Find Your School" search box.
  • On the right-hand side of the screen select "Print Your ID Card."
  • Enter your OSU ID number and your date of birth; click "View Card."

How is Aetna Insurance billed for my services at SHS?

The SHS Billing Office will bill Aetna for all billable services. When payment is received from Aetna any patient balance will be applied to your student account. This process can take up to 30 days from date of service. For billing questions, please call 541-737-8370.

Who can I contact if I need more information?

OSU Student Insurance Office
110 Plageman Bldg.
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: 541-737-7600
Fax: 541-737-7914
Email: OSUStudent.Insurance@oregonstate.edu