Mandatory F-1 Student Health Insurance Plan

Beginning Fall 2016, student accounts will no longer be charged for the F-1 student health insurance fee. F-1 students with a LSC Form I-20 who are not approved for a waiver will need to purchase the insurance from the LSC-approved Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) Administrator before they will be allowed to register for classes. Concurrently enrolled F-1 students and students who are pending a Change of Status to F-1 will need to provide proof of exemption. See below for more information.


Mandatory F-1 Student Health Insurance: F-1 students on a LSC I-20

Lone Star College (LSC) requires that all F-1 visa international students, with a Lone Star College (LSC) issued I-20, maintain health insurance coverage as a condition of enrollment. To avoid registration delays, F-1 students on a LSC I-20 should see the SHIP webpage for more information on how to meet the requirement.

Medical Insurance Requirement Exemption

The following groups are exempt from purchasing the insurance but must provide supporting documentation:

Concurrently Enrolled (Co-enrolled) F-1 Students

F-1 students with a Form I-20 from another college and are taking some of their classes at Lone Star College on a visiting basis (concurrent enrollment/co-enrolled) must submit the following documentation to the International Student Advisor/DSO at the campus where their classes are located. This documentation is required each semester the student wishes to enroll before they will be allowed to register for classes:

1. Copy of Form I-20

AND

2. Letter from their DSO indicating good immigration standing and number of credits they are allowed to take at LSC for the current semester.

Students Pending a Change of Status (COS) to F-1

Students who are pending a Change of Status to F-1 from another visa type must submit the following documentation to the International Student Advisor/DSO who issued their Form I-20. This documentation is required each semester the student wishes to enroll before they will be allowed to register for classes:

1. Copy of USCIS I-797C Notice of Action

                AND

2. Dated case status printout from the USCIS website showing the pending case.