Access to health care and adequate health insurance are essential to students’ well-being. Inadequate health insurance can result in catastrophic health outcomes and extraordinary costs, as well as unexpected barriers to achieving academic success and scholarly pursuits. Tulane requires degree-seeking students and Tulane-sponsored students in J-1 status to demonstrate enrollment in and maintain adequate, quality medical insurance.
New and returning students who are degree seeking are required to have adequate health insurance that meets or exceeds Tulane University standards, either through the Tulane-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan (T-SHIP) or a comparable health insurance plan based in the United States. This requirement also applies to degree-seeking students who may live off campus, participate in out-of-town internships or study abroad for any length of time during the academic year.
International students are defined as any enrolled student that is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. International students, regardless of the number of enrolled credits, will be enrolled in T-SHIP. Visiting faculty and scholars in J-1 status sponsored by Tulane University, regardless of the number of enrolled credits, will be enrolled in GEO-Blue. International students in all other visa statuses are required to enroll in T-SHIP. Are you an international student that is covered by a U.S.-based group health insurance plan (for example, a U.S.-based, employer-sponsored, ACA-compliant group plan)? If yes, visit https://campushealth.tulane.edu/especially-for/international-students.
To help ensure that international students have access to the highest quality care on and off campus, beginning Summer 2020, Tulane University requires all international students to enroll in the Tulane-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan (T-SHIP). Returning international students can request a one-year exception to this policy for the upcoming academic year only, 2020-2021. This exception is requested through the waiver process.
Please note, that the COVID-19 pandemic makes having access to healthcare very important. We strongly encourage returning international students to enroll in T-SHIP this year. If you choose another plan, please be sure it will provide you the necessary coverage in New Orleans and that you maintain your enrollment in the plan throughout the academic year.
Students who are required to have health insurance must choose between the following options by the deadline posted below:
If you are a new Tulane international student, you will be automatically enrolled and no action is required.
Below are some helpful links to aid students in making this decision.
Reminders to take action are sent periodically to students’ Tulane email accounts.
If students do not receive an approved waiver request by the deadline, they will be automatically enrolled in T-SHIP and charged for the premium. The charge for the T-SHIP premium will be placed on the student’s accounts receivable bill in two installments, and they will be responsible for paying the full charge. They will be unable to cancel coverage for any reason. It is best for students to take action as early as possible to avoid being charged for unwanted insurance coverage.
|Health Insurance Action Dates and Deadlines|
2020-2021 Academic Year
New and returning students
2021 Spring Semester
Students attending for the first time this academic year
Non-degree-seeking students are not required to have health insurance; however, if enrolled in 3 credit hours or more, they are eligible to enroll in T-SHIP. Eligible non-degree-seeking students who wish to enroll in T-SHIP must request coverage. They will not be automatically enrolled.
School of Professional Advancement (SoPA) students are not required to have health insurance; however, if enrolled in 3 credit hours or more, they are eligible to enroll in T-SHIP. Eligible SoPA students who wish to enroll in T-SHIP must request coverage. They will not be automatically enrolled.
Distance Learning students are not required to have health insurance but are eligible to enroll in T-SHIP. Distance learning students, who are enrolled at Tulane University taking 3 or more credit hours are eligible to enroll in the student health insurance plan on a voluntary basis. Eligible dependents including domestic partners of enrolled students may purchase the plan on a voluntary basis. Dependent coverage will be purchased through United Healthcare Student Resources directly.