New International Student Check-In and Orientation

Fall 2015

  • August 17, 2015 8:30 AM — Check-In & Orientation Location: Harrington Science Building Room 105
  • August 24, 2015 — Instruction Begins
  • September 22, 2015 2:00 PM- 3:00PM — OPT Workshop Location: Harrington Science Building Room 105

Spring 2016

  • January 12, 2016 8:30 AM — Check-In & Orientation Location: Harrington Science Building Room 105
  • January 19, 2016 — Instruction Beg

This session is an overview of immigration documents and Homeland Security rules and regulations for maintaining legal F-1 student status while in the United States.

This session is mandatory for all new international students – including transfer students. Failure to attend this session will delay your registration.  Do not confuse this session with any other scheduled university orientations.

Bring your immigration documents with you to this session (Passports, Form I-20, I-94 document or any other document(s) that pertain to your immigration status).
Medical Insurance

All international students attending Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) are required to have medical insurance. The Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) has mandated that all system schools use the same health care policy in order to comply with the Affordable Care Act. The mandatory insurance provider for international students is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. Prairie View A&M University international students will be required to apply for coverage through the University. Proof of medical insurance coverage will be required prior to registration. Please visit PVAMU’s insurance website, Academic Health Plans for more information:Academic Health Plans

Insurance premiums are as follow:

Annual Rate – September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016

Student     $1,692.00

Spouse      $3,372.00

Children    $2,700.00

Spouse & Children $4,212.00

Fall Semester  – September 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015

Student        $846.00

Spouse      $1,686.00

Children    $1,350.00

Spouse & Children $2,106.00

Spring and Summer – January 1, 2016 – August 31, 2016

Student        $846.00

Spouse      $1,686.00

Children    $1,350.00

Spouse & Children $2,106.00

Medical Insurance Waiver

All international students who wish to be waived from the mandatory student health insurance plan must submit a waiver application online.  This does not apply to students who are covered under the graduate assistantship plan.

How to Apply for a Waiver

  1. Review the waiver guidelines below to determine if you meet one of the waiver requirements.
  2.  Should you meet one of the waiver requirements – follow the instructions listed below – How to Apply for a Waiver. Please allow 5 to 7 days for a decision on your application.
  3. You will be notified by email that your application has been approved or denied.  If your application is approved – you will be waived from paying the insurance premium.  If your application is denied – you will be required to be covered under the mandatory plan

Waiver Guidelines:  Who is eligible to waive?

Student is sponsored by the United States government;

  • Student is sponsored by a foreign government recognized by the United States or certain international, government-sponsored or non-governmental organizations, and covered under a health plan that is compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the health plan does not include medical evacuation and repatriation, a rider must be purchased providing coverage at equal limits to the SSHIP;
  • Student is enrolled in an employer-provided group health plan that is compliant with the ACA. If the health plan does not include medical evacuation and repatriation, a rider must be purchased providing coverage at equal limits to the SSHIP;
  • Student is enrolled in only distance learning programs; or
  • Student is involved in intercollegiate athletics and coverage for all medical insurance is provided through a policy as part of the current sports accident medical policy approved by System Risk Management.

Waiver Requirements:

  • Must be an Affordable Care Act (ACA) plan
  • Must include medical evacuation and repatriation coverage

How to Apply for a Waiver: For students who are able to provide evidence of their own insurance that meets the ACA:

  1. Have a scanned copy of your insurance card and policy benefit pages including exclusions as well as your school ID ready.
  2. Go
  3. If your plan meets the A&M System waiver criteria, click the button on the bottom of waiver criteria page.
  4. On the Student Registration page you will be asked to enter your demographic information and to select a password.  Select the ‘Register’ button when done.
  5. Then on the next page, click the link under the heading Submit Waivers (on the right hand side of the page).
  6. Complete the waiver form and attach copies of your scanned insurance documents.
  7. Select the ‘Submit Waiver’ button.

YOU MUST follow the process indicated above.  If you have questions about the insurance waiver process, please contact Academic Health Plans Customer Service at 877-624-7911.

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