Health Insurance

Most students and international scholars must carry health insurance coverage for the duration of their academic registration at UB.

You can enroll in health insurance plans through UB or SUNY, or request a waiver if you have a comparable plan. If you are required to have health insurance, you must enroll or request a waiver each year. Insurance is also available for students, faculty and staff who are going abroad.

Health Insurance for Required Groups*

Please consult the table below to learn more about health insurance requirements; enrollment and waiver forms; the cost of premiums; and options for covering your dependents.

* Part-time domestic students and OPT participants do not have an insurance requirement, but are encouraged to consider plans available through UB and SUNY for their health care coverage.

All New Full Time Domestic Students waiver available 12/2/20 - 3/10/21

If you are a new full-time domestic student for the Winter or Spring semesters, the waiver period will be open from 12/2/20-3/10/21. If you successfully completed a waiver in the Fall 2020 semester, you are not required to complete again.

Insurance Plans 2020-2021
Insurance Plan/Type Deadline Coverage Action
Domestic Students - Full-Time 3/10/21 Waive
Domestic Students - Part-Time (coverage is optional ) 3/10/21 Enroll
International Students 3/10/21 Enroll or Waive
International Scholars Deadlines depend on when you arrive in the U.S. J-1 international scholars have 30 days from arrival into the U.S. to enroll/waive the insurance Enroll or Waive
OPT (Optional Practical Training) (coverage is optional) 3/14/21 Enroll
Students Going Abroad At least 2 weeks before going abroad Enroll or Waive

Deadlines listed apply to the health insurance waiver ONLY. If insurance premiums remain on your student account past the tuition due date, late fees will apply.

Health Insurance for Others

Health insurance coverage may be available for other groups. Please follow these links to learn more.

Need Help?

For help understanding and navigating the health insurance process.

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