Approved by: The President
History: Issued              --
Revised            -- July 27, 2009
Last Reviewed --
Related Policies:
Additional References: Student Medical Insurance; International Students and Health Insurance
Responsible Official: Student Medical Insurance Specialist tel. (202)319-5050

I. Policy


Medical (health) insurance is required for all full-time students (domestic and international, graduate and undergraduate) and all part-time international students. A student medical insurance plan, provided by a third party, is available for purchase through the University. The plan is a student-focused, affordable health insurance policy that protects students within the limits of the plan. In all cases, the terms and conditions of the plan are subject to the mission and policies of the University, including the University's identity as a Catholic university and the University's commitment to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Students who are required to be in the University's Student Medical Plan will be enrolled in and charged for the plan unless a waiver is completed demonstrating that they are covered by a comparable health insurance policy. This waiver must be completed for each year of enrollment by the established waiver deadline.

The student medical plan charge is not refundable or transferable. A student incorrectly billed for the student medical plan must provide notification to the Administrator of the Student Medical Plan before the end of the semester in which the incorrect billing occurred. The specific terms of the health insurance policy can be found on the Student Medical Insurance Page. Any student enrolled in the insurance plan may enroll his or her spouse and/or dependents by direct application to the insurance company.

II. Definitions


A. Domestic Student means any student who is a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, refugee, asylee or anyone who is not covered by the definition of international student as described in this policy.

B. International Student is described as a foreign national who holds F or J nonimmigrant status sponsored by The Catholic University of America.

III. Responsibilities


The Administrator, Student Medical Plan coordinates the work of University offices and the contracted insurance provider in carrying out this policy.