Current International Students; Health Insurance Information

Because it is modern, scientific and heavily dependent on technology, health care in the United States is very expensive. This is especially noted when viewed from the perspective of other countries. Therefore it is essential that anyone spending time in the United States purchase health insurance. In the U.S. individuals are responsible for paying for any health care they receive. Most U.S. citizens and permanent residents arrange this through private or employer-sponsored insurance plans.

Renewing your insurance

Current students are required to renew SSU's health and accident insurance policy for international students each year. Payment is due by the first day of class for each semester.

The California State University (CSU) system requires that all students attending a CSU campus in either F-1 or J-1 legal status purchase and maintain health insurance with specified coverage. Sonoma State University requires that you purchase the school sponsored policy. This policy exceeds the specified requirements and is an excellent value.

You can purchase your insurance online here:

No student will be allowed a waiver from this policy upon entrance to the university except students who are sponsored by their own government or the U.S. government and who are already covered through a policy required by their program or home university.

If you qualify for the waiver, you must provide evidence that your own policy:

  1. meets all the foreign student legal requirements for insurance (see below),
  2. is in force and paid up, and
  3. all documents presented are notarized and in English.

The international student legal requirements for insurance are:

  1. at least $50,000.00 maximum allowable for each accident or illness
  2. at least $10,000.00 available for medical evacuation,
  3. at least $7,500.00 available for repatriation of remains, and
  4. a maximum deductible of $500.00.