Health Insurance

Health Insurance

A message from the International Student Center team:

Dear Seattle University International Student,

The following guide should help you if you need to waive the required Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) because you are studying inside the U.S. but have your own insurance plan.  Reminder that if you do not have your own insurance, these charges are automatically added to your account. Coverage for the 2020-2021 academic year begins on September 1, 2020 (or the beginning of your first quarter), and continues through August 31, 2021.

COVID-19 Health Insurance Exceptions:

If you will be studying at Seattle U from OUTSIDE the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a separate waiver for removing your health insurance fees. If you will be outside the U.S. for the entire Spring & Summer 2021 quarters, please fill out THIS SURVEY so that we can have your insurance fees removed from your SU account. The deadline for this survey is April 1, 2021, and fees will not be removed until after that date. If you have any questions, please email

Steps for Waiving the Required Insurance Premium

For students studying INSIDE THE U.S. ONLY:

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.

For students beginning their studies inside the U.S. in the Spring 2021 term, the waiver deadline is April 7, 2021

  1. To access the waiver, go to the JCB Student Insurance Portal
    • Select Seattle University, 2020-2021 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 2020-2021
  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 2021-2022 academic year.
  3. The deadline to waive is April 7, 2021 for the Spring 2021 term.
  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 2020-2021 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 2020-2021
Annual cost:               $2313 divided into three terms: Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer




Term Dates

Fall 2020


9/1/2020 - 12/31/2020

Winter 2021


1/1/2021 - 3/28/2021

Spr/Sum 2021


3/29/2021 - 8/31/2021


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 2020-2021 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 by enrolling through JCB's website.


For more information on fees and terms of enrollment, please visit the Student Health Center's website.




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