Due to the extremely high cost of health care in the United States, Washington State University requires that all students on nonimmigrant visas be covered by medical insurance that meets or exceeds the coverage provided by the WSU student medical insurance. International students are automatically billed each semester at the time of registration for the WSU student medical insurance.
Some students are exempt from the insurance requirements:
- Graduate students with half-time graduate assistantships (coverage provided by departments)
- Canadian citizens
- Some sponsored students identified by the Office of International Student Services
If international students can show proof of medical insurance that is equal to or better than that of the WSU insurance plan, they may request a waiver of the WSU insurance. However, students must present an alternate plan to the WSU Health and Wellness Services within five days of the beginning of each semester. All documentation must be in English.