The University of Washington requires that all international students on F-1 and J-1 visas purchase the UW Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). You may qualify for a waiver if one of the exemption categories listed in Section 2 below applies to you and you have health insurance comparable to the UW plan that is valid in the U.S.
To apply for a waiver:
- Review your current insurance plan coverage, which should provide a minimum benefit of US $200,000 per medical condition per policy year, medical evacuation (at least $10,000) and repatriation of remains (at least $7500). (Please note: J-1 students and their dependents must meet insurance requirements set by the US Department of State.)
Complete Sections 1, 2 and 3 on the form below.
- Graduate students under GAIP do not need to submit this form. GAIP will automatically replace the UW SHIP charge.
- Select a UW SHIP plan on your MyUW. If you plan to apply for an insurance waiver for more than one quarter, select the "annual" plan and the waiver will be effective for the entire academic year, if approved. If you select the “quarterly” option, you must submit a new waiver application at the beginning of each quarter of study.
- Submit the form no later than 1:00 pm on the tuition due date (third Friday of the quarter).
ISS will review your insurance waiver application and, if approved, the UW insurance charge will be removed from your UW student account. Due to the high volume of students requesting an insurance waiver, we cannot personally email everyone for confirmation of their insurance waiver. You will only be contacted if further information is needed for your waiver request.
Please note: ISS cannot waive the insurance charge if you have not registered for classes.
If you do not request an insurance waiver or do not qualify for a waiver, you must pay the premium for the UW SHIP by the tuition due date (third Friday of the quarter).
Please allow one week for processing your request.
Due to the high volume of insurance waiver requests we receive, we will be unable to confirm via e-mail when the request has been approved. Please check your tuition account statement one week before tuition is due to see if it has been removed. E-mails will only be sent if we have questions regarding your insurance waiver request.