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  • Saturday, February 16, 2019

  • Incoming Students Must Meet Insurance Requirements

    Filed Under: Health Insurance
Are you planning to attend school in the United States in the near future? If so, while you are researching GPA minimums and other transfer requirements for international students, you should also be aware of many schools' new health insurance requirements. These requirements can often be met by international student medical insurance policies.

Over the last 5-10 years, more American universities have made it mandatory that incoming students have health insurance. Without it, students are not allowed to register. This is true for both domestic and international students alike.

However for most domestic students, this does not pose a problem. Most students find themselves covered by their parents' health insurance plans, so they do not need to buy a supplemental policy. But for international students, there are two choices available: buy a plan offered by the university or purchase an international student health insurance policy.

University-run plans can be very expensive and very limiting in terms of where students can get medical care. International student plans, on the other hand, are quite affordable and they give students a great deal of freedom to choose what doctor they want to receive treatment from and where they want to receive treatment. As you consider U.S. schools, find out if they have an insurance requirement and if so whether an international student plan will meet their regulations. Commenting is not available in this channel entry.

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