Health Insurance

SJSU requires all inbound international students to purchase the SJSU health insurance coverage prior to registering for classes. You can register for the mandatory SJSU health insurance online.

International Students will not be able to register for classes without first purchasing SJSU health insurance. The comprehensive insurance program includes coverage for accidental injury/sickness, medical evacuation, and repatriation and is also valid when traveling outside the United States. You can view the insurance fees and purchase your insurance online

F-1 students with dependents are recommended to also purchase health insurance for their F-2 dependents.

You may purchase coverage in three different ways:

  • Annually, covering you from August 1 to July 31, or
  • Fall semester only, with coverage from August 1 to January 1, or
  • Spring/summer semester only, with coverage from January 1 to July 31.

For additional information on how the medical system in the US works, please view this Healthcare in the USA Introduction video or review their information chart.

 

How to purchase the University approved health insurance

International students on F-1 and J-1 status are required to purchase the University approved health insurance plan before registering each semester.  A hold will be placed on students' MySJSU record before registration for the next semester begins. Before you try registering for classes be sure to purchase your healthinsurance plan so the hold can be lifted. Insurance holds will be removed within 36 hours after purchase.   

Instructions to Purchase SJSU Health Insurance Plan:  

SJSU approved health insurance plan is administered by USI however your insurance provider will be Aetna. Please purchase your health insurance from the USI website.  Follow these steps to purchase the correct plan:

  1. Go to the USI website
  2. Select "Find Your School's Plan"
  3. Type in "San Jose State" 
  4. Select "2017-2018 San Jose State Univ.-International" 
  5. Select "Spring" plan. Do not select the "Annual" plan.
  6. Input your information and payment information as instructed.
  7. The insurance hold will be removed within 36 hours after purchase.

 

Exemptions from the requirement to purchase the insurance are the following:

  1. Students on a government-sponsored scholarship which provides compatible insurance coverage as a part of the sponsorship.  To clear hold: Submit the request for exemption forms in the ISSS  
  2. Students receiving insurance coverage through an employer-sponsored plan in the United States (i.e. receipt of insurance is a part of the U.S. employment compensation through your spouse). Supplemental Medical Evacuation and Repatriation must be purchased.   To clear hold:Submit the request for exemption forms in the ISSS
  3. J-1 participants in the ISEP, International Student Exchange Program.

 

How to obtain your insurance ID card:

Effective Spring 2018, the Aetna insurance company will no longer print and mail medical insurance cards. All cards will be electronic and can be obtained in one of three ways:

1) Mobile Device

a.       Go to www.aetnastudenthealth.com

b.      Select your school name from the drop down menu and click on view your school.

c.       Select the “Print Your ID Card” link

d.      Enter your school issued Student ID number and DOB and click “Submit”

e.       Select your ID card to display it on the screen

f.        Take a screenshot to save it to your phone

2)Your school specific Aetna Student Health webpage

a.       Go to www.aetnastudenthealth.com

b.      Select your school name from the drop down menu and click on view your school.

c.       Select the “Print Your ID Card” link

d.      Enter your school issued Student ID number and DOB in the field and click the “View             Card” button.

e.       Select your ID card

f.        Select Print your ID Card

3) Access Aetna Navigator

a.       Go to www.aetnastudenthealth.com

b.      Enter your school name in the “Find your school” field

c.       Select the “For Members” link on the left hand side of the welcome page

d.      Select “Members-only Website”, then click the blue link to “Register/Login” (a new                 window will open)

e.       If you have already registered for Aetna Navigator, you will log in from this screen

          i. If you have not already registered for Aetna Navigator, you can register from this              screen by choosing the “Register” option to sign up for Navigator you will need the                following information:

                                         1. Aetna ID Number

                                         2. First and Last Name

                                         3. Date of Birth