Every international student studying at NYU is required to have health insurance plans. Learn more about it at the Student Health Center.
The NYU health insurance plan is mandatory for all F-1 and J-1 students. This plan meets the insurance requirements for J-1 students.
F-1 and J-1 students are automatically enrolled in and billed for the NYU-sponsored student health insurance comprehensive plan upon registration each semester. F-1 and J-1 students may elect to instead take the basic coverage, which provides more limited coverage.
If you have your spouse or kids with you, please note that we encourage F-2 dependents to have health insurance coverage. The US government requires J-2 dependents to have health insurance.
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Reminder: The NYU health insurance plan is mandatory for all F-1 and J-1 students.
If you want to waive the health insurance requirement, please note that waivers are only granted after students provide documentation, in English, to the Student Health Insurance Office indicating that their own insurance plan's coverage meets the University's criteria:
In order to waive the NYU-sponsored health insurance plan, you must complete an online application within the first three weeks of the semester and provide an English-language copy of the insurance policy. The policy must include the date coverage begins; a list of all deductions, copayments, and other out-of-pocket expenses; plan benefits, including a list of medical and mental health treatments that are excluded from coverage. You will also need to submit written documentation by mail or in-person.
Review information about the insurance plan and how to waive your insurance for all the details. You may also email email@example.com, or call the NYU Student Health Insurance Services Office at (212) 443-1020.
** Remember that at medical facilities in the United States, including the Student Health Center, you will be asked to pay for the treatment at the time you receive services if you are covered by an insurance program outside the US. You will then be given a receipt to send to your insurance company for reimbursement. Students covered under the NYU optional plans have no out-of-pocket expenses for medically necessary services performed at the Student Health Center.
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