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Domestic Students: taking five (5) or more in-load non-restricted differential Portland State University (PSU) credit hours or more during Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer combined terms are automatically enrolled in the PSU-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan unless they choose to submit an approved online insurance waiver of comparable coverage. If the student drops below five (5) credits on or before the Waiver Deadline, they will not be eligible for this student insurance plan.

International students: taking 1 or more credits are required by Portland State University to have the PSU Student Health Insurance Plan even if on vacation term. Some international students qualify to waive out, i.e. sponsored by government, provided U.S. health insurance from a U.S. employer, or if J student purchases comparable health insurance prior to arriving in the U.S. All other students are required to have the Student Health Insurance Plan.

International students arriving a few weeks early or staying a few weeks after a term, and those on Optional Practical Training (OPT), please contact the PSU Student Health Insurance Help Team at

Dependent Coverage: No dependent coverage is offered to domestic students under this plan. Eligible International Insured Students, may purchase Dependent coverage at the time of student’s enrollment in the plan; or within 31 days of one of the following qualified events: marriage, addition of domestic partner, birth, or adoption. Eligible dependents are the spouse or legally registered and valid domestic partner which resides with the Insured Student, and the student’s, the spouse’s, or the domestic partner’s natural child, stepchild, or legally adopted child under 26 years of age. No coverage is offered to Newborns if the dependent is not enrolled in this plan.

Dependent Enrollment Periods

Fall - 09/10/2020 - 10/11/2020

Winter - 12/26/2020 - 01/17/2021

Spring/Summer - 03/19/2021 - 04/11/2021

Summer Only - 06/10/2021 - 07/04/2021

Students With a Qualifying Life Event

 A Qualifying Life Event is a major life change that may affect your health insurance needs. Qualifying life events may make you eligible for a special enrollment period outside of the school's scheduled open enrollment period. Enrollment is typically required within 30 days of the qualifying event and supporting documentation is required. Examples of qualifying life events are:

  • Losing existing health coverage under another plan, including job-based, individual, parent and student plans
  • Losing eligibility for Medicaid
  • Covered International students may enroll their eligible dependents upon arrival into the country, marriage or birth

Click the button below to enroll in the 2020-2021 PSU sponsored student health insurance plan per a qualifying life event.

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