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Health Insurance for International Students

The open enrollment deadline for Annual and Fall enrollments has now passed
(see “Failure to Comply” section below)

SHIP will accept Spring/Summer enrollments from registered students beginning December 15, 2021.

Compliance Deadlines for International Students

The SHIP office must receive a completed enrollment application and full payment or a International Student Waiver Application (pdf), on or before the posted deadlines.

Waivers

Automatic Waivers

You do not need to file a Waiver Application if you a UW–Madison employee and receive health insurance benefits that are effective on or before September 1, 2021, for fall, or February 1, 2022 for spring. If you meet these criteria, the SHIP office will file an Automatic Waiver on your behalf.

If you are employed at UW–Madison and receive health insurance benefits, but are registered for summer classes only, you must file your own Waiver Application with the SHIP office.

Dependents of UW–Madison employees who are also international students must file their own Waiver Application with the SHIP office.

Important!

Waivers will only be approved for international students and visa dependents who meet one of the qualifying criteria listed on the International Student Waiver Application (pdf). Please read the Waiver Application carefully to ensure that you understand the requirements and do not purchase insurance which does not meet the SHIP waiver requirements. If you do not qualify for a waiver, you are required to enroll in SHIP.

Failure to Comply

International students who fail to purchase SHIP or file a qualifying waiver by the compliance deadline will be automatically enrolled in SHIP.

International students who make payment after the compliance deadline will be charged a $100 late fee and required to pay SHIP premiums from the beginning of the initial compliance period.

International students who file a qualifying waiver after the compliance deadline will be charged a $100 late fee in addition to any required premiums.

International students who fail to meet the compliance deadline will be considered non-compliant with the health insurance requirements of UW–Madison and an academic hold will be placed on the student’s academic record.

An academic hold prevents students from adding classes, dropping classes or obtaining a copy of their transcripts or diploma.

An academic hold will not be removed until the international student is compliant. Outstanding balances must be made by VISA/MasterCard/Discover or exact cash. If the outstanding balance remains unpaid, the account will be referred to a collections agency.

The SHIP office is currently closed to visitors, so outstanding balances can only be accepted by phone 608-265-5232, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m or online.

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