Health Insurance

NMSU requires all F-1 and J-1 students and their dependents to have medical health insurance.  Failure to have this insurance will result in not being able to register and possibly in falling out of visa status.

The cost of the insurance will be added to each student’s account.

Information about the international student health insurance plan can be found at the Relation website here.

We want to inform you that effective August 1, 2019, the international student health insurance charge will increase to $130 a month, or to $780 a semester.  This change came about because the health insurance provider NMSU partnered with for the 2018-19 academic year will no longer continue doing business in the state of New Mexico.  As a result, it was necessary to find a replacement health insurance plan for the coming 2019-20 academic year.  The new health insurance provider selected for Fall 2019 is the least expensive plan available and provides the same coverage you currently have.  Relation will still administer the insurance plan as it did for the past year, but the insurance provider will now be GeoBlue.  You will have to pick up a new health insurance card in August, but your coverage will remain exactly the same.

We will continue to provide you with updates about your health insurance as they become available.

Sponsored students:

Students who are sponsored by their country’s Cultural Mission/Office (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, etc.) will be required to submit their financial guarantee paperwork to ISSS no later than 30 September. If ISSS receives your financial guarantee paperwork after 30 September, you may have to pay for the international student health insurance fee of $780 for the entire semester – even if you receive a financial guarantee – because the insurance company may not issue a refund.

Students with Green Card:

Students who adjust status and receive a Green Card (Permanent Resident status) must submit a copy of their Green Card to ISSS so it can be determined whether the international student health insurance fee can be removed from your student account.  Depending on when you present the Green Card to ISSS will affect how much of a refund you will be entitled to receive, if any.  For example, you may only receive a partial refund, or no refund at all.  At that time we will also end your I-20/F-1 status.  If you have already received your Green Card, but have not notified ISSS, please do so right away.  If you do not notify ISSS, it may not be possible to remove the international student health insurance fee from your account.


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