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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 and the FAQ below for more information on how to meet the requirement.

F-1 Student Health Insurance Requirement Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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.