Health Insurance

Health Insurance

A message from the International Student Center Team:

February 20, 2020

Dear Seattle University International Student,

The following guide should help you if you need to waive the required Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).  Reminder that if you do not have your own insurance, the charges are automatically added to your account.

Steps for Waiving the Required Insurance Premium

To be eligible to waive out the student health plan you must have comparable coverage in the state of Washington including access to primary care, preventative care, and prescriptions.  Please note the policy MUST be based in the United States to qualify and the plan should be compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and filed and approved in the U.S.

Below is a partial list of the most common insurance providers that DO NOT meet the requirement:

  1. To access the waiver, go to the JCB Student Insurance Portal
    • Select Seattle University, 2019-2020 plan year, and International Students
    • Click on My Account to log in and create an account if you do not have one already. You must use your Seattle University email when creating your account.
    • Click on Submit Waiver Here
    • Choose term (although the term listed is 09/1/19-12/31/2019 if your waiver is approved it will continue through 08/31/2020)
  2. Completing the waiver
    • You will need access to your insurance information as well as be able to upload a copy of the front and back of your insurance card.
    • If you accidentally enter the wrong information, you can resubmit your corrected information as many times as needed prior to the waiver deadline.
    • Waivers only need to be completed once each academic year. If you have an approved waiver, you will not need to submit another one until the 2020-2021 academic year.
  3. The deadline to waive is April 22, 2020 for the spring and summer quarters.
  4. If you have an approved waiver, the premium will be removed from your student account and no further premiums added for subsequent terms during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  5. You must actively waive the student health insurance every academic year. Waivers from previous years do not roll over.

If you do not waive, the following are the charges that will appear on your account.  Aetna Student Health is our new Insurance carrier.

Medical Plan:             Aetna Student Health Open Choice PPO

Plan brochure:           Aetna Student Health: Seattle University Policy year 2019-2020
Annual cost:               $2181 divided into three terms




Term Dates



9/1/19 - 12/31/19



1/1/20 - 3/29/20



3/30/20 - 8/31/20

Student Account billing

The term premiums are billed to your student account by quarter with spring/summer combined into one term. If you have an approved waiver the premium will be removed from your account and not added on subsequent terms during 2019-2020 academic year. Since the insurance premium is now paid by term, the policy ends when your term ends unless enrolled in the subsequent term. See above for the dates of coverage (term dates). If you apply for post-completion OPT, you can continue to keep coverage on a term-by-term basis.




Dale Watanabe


International Student Center


For more information:

  • JCB Insurance Solutions

Seattle University Help Line: 206-201-0291

JCB student services email:

JCB Student Insurance portal:


  • Aetna Student Health insurance


Phone: 877-480-4161