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International Health Insurance

University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents (BOR) and US Government policies require all F-1 and J-1 students and their dependents to be covered by an approved health insurance plan.

To meet this requirement, Clayton State will automatically enroll all international students in the school sponsored SHIP (Student Health Insurance Plan) each Fall and Spring semester (Summer semester is included with the Spring coverage).

Can I get health insurance?

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has announced a mandatory insurance requirement. All international students (graduate or undergraduate), and all graduate assistants are required to have US health insurance coverage. Clayton State has no way to verify foreign health insurance policies. 

You will be automatically enrolled in coverage upon class registration and the premium will be added to your account.

  • SHIP – the plan that is required for domestic US citizens to purchase which meets government regulations of no maximum coverage
  • International Students in the F-1 and J-1 student or scholar statuses must have a minimum of the following benefits:
    • Both accident and sickness coverage
    • Minimum benefit $250,000 per policy year**
    • A deductible of $500 or less and/or co-pay per individual, per year*
    • In-patient and outpatient, mental and nervous disorder benefits
    • Prescription Drug Coverage
    • Pay benefits worldwide
    • Medical evacuation to one’s home country and family reunification of not less than $50,000*
    • Provision for repatriation of remains of not less than $25,000*
    • All Georgia mandated requirements+
    • *Federal Standards required for International Students


Coverage during OPT is strongly advised, but is optional. Health Insurance protects international students from the devastating financial impacts of unforeseen medical costs in the US.  Information can also be found online here. 

2023-2024 University System of Georgia SHIP 

Annual Premiums

SHIP Medical Coverage Annual Premiums* Mandatory Voluntary
Student Premium $2,856 $4,002
Spouse Premium $3,141 $4,402
Child Premium $3,141 $4,402
All Children $6,281 $8,805
All Dependents $9,423 $13,207

Dental Coverage Annual Premiums

* Not included in SHIP medical rates above

Voluntary Dental Coverage Annual Premiums 
Student Premium $239.77
Student + Spouse Premium $479.54
Student + Child(ren) Premium $587.88
Student + Family Premium $877.88

Vision Coverage Annual Premiums

* Not included in SHIP medical rates above

Voluntary Vision Coverage Annual Premiums 
Student Premium: $140.03
Student + Spouse Premium: $266.06
Student + Child(ren) Premium: $312.03
Student + Family Premium $438.85

Student Athletic Rider Premiums

Student Athletic Rider Premiums
$10,000 $2,165
$20,000 $2,383
$30,000 $2,502
$40,000 $2,550
$50,000 $2,621
$60,000 $2,670
$70,000 $2,696
$80,000 $2,719
$90.000 $2,767

Standalone Repatriation/Medical Evacuation Premiums



Basic - Injury Only Plan Premiums

All Students Covered

In order to be eligible to waive the student insurance plan, an international student’s existing insurance plan must meet the following 3 requirements and be eligible under sections I, II, III or IV below.

  1. Coverage includes effective dates spanning the entire period for which the waiver is requested
    1. Summer -06/01/2022 through 07/31/2022
    2. Fall -08/01/2021 through 12/31/2021
    3. Spring -01/01/2022 through 05/31/2022
  2. Plan must cover Repatriation and Medical Evacuation, or coverage should be purchased separately to supplement the Health Plan used to waive off of the SHIP.
  3. If a fully insured plan, the plan must be approved as a health insurance plan by the State Insurance Department (Travel Policies, Disability Policies, Hospital Indemnity, Accident Only Policies, and other limited benefit polices are not acceptable)


  1. Plan is ACA compliant, meaning that the plan is an individual or group insurance plan meeting the requirements of ACA.
    1. Unlimited Maximum Benefits for covered medical expenses.
    2. Coverage for essential benefits (with no dollar limits), as defined under the ACA. This includes, but is not limited to:
        1. Pharmacy
        2. Mental health services on parity with medical services
        3. Maternity benefits
        4. Preventive care with no cost-sharing for Preferred Providers
        5. Coverage for pre-existing condition with no waiting period
        6. Pediatric dental and pediatric vision coverage.
  2. Maximum preferred provider total out-of-pocket expenses cannot exceed $8,550 per member ($17,100 per family). This amount may be adjusted annually to reflect the then current allowable maximum out-of-pocket.
  3. For students with J Visas, waiver eligible coverage must meet the State Department’s J Visa Insurance Standards including, but not limited to, the requirement that the plan have a deductible not to exceed $500.


Coverage is provided under an employer-sponsored group plan that is ACA compliant as described previously. In this case, it is likely that the insured may supplement the Health plan with separate Repatriation and Medical Evacuation coverage.


A plan provided to sponsored students (for example: Saudi Arabia Cultural Mission, Kuwait, etc.) that is backed by the full faith and credit of the student’s home country may be acceptable. The plans will be reviewed and a determination made regarding comparability to the University System of Georgia (USG) plan, and if determined to be comparable or better, will be accepted.


A plan provided by a pre-approved United States Cultural Exchange Program; e.g., Fulbright Programs, etc.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

See also: University Health Services can treat students with minor illnesses, provide routine services, and answer many health questions. This service does not require insurance. UHS is located at: Laker Village 5809 Northlake Drive Building 1000 Morrow, GA 30260 *Take your valid Clayton State student ID*


Contact Us

Clayton State University International Student Services (ISS)
UC, Room 204
2000 Clayton State Blvd.
Morrow, GA 30260-0285