University Health Services

Health Insurance

The U.S. Federal and Massachusetts State governments require that all F-1 and J-1 visa holders have health coverage.  In compliance with Massachusetts insurance requirements, students are not allowed to use insurance from a non-U.S. insurance company. 

All full-time enrolled students will automatically be enrolled in the Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) in order to meet the State’s insurance requirements and are not eligible to waive any part of the SHBP unless they qualify for a waiver. 

  • International students are not automatically eligible to waive the SHBP. However, international students enrolled in an employer- or embassy-based health insurance plan from the United States may be eligible for a waiver. For more information, click this link and read instructions for international students.

Visit the UHS website for complete information regarding the University Health Services (UHS) insurance coverage, as well as other services of the UHS.

Direct all questions about health insurance to University Health Services, not IPO.