SMU is very concerned about the
health and well-being of all students and we at the Student Health
Center are here to serve and provide students with medical care
while attending the University. In order to establish students
have appropriate health care coverage, a mandatory health insurance
requirement was passed by the President's Executive Council in
February of 2008. This mandatory health insurance policy
requires domestic students enrolled in nine or more credit hours and
international (F-1 visa holders) students taking one or more credit
hours to maintain insurance coverage as a condition of enrollment.
This policy applies to both Undergraduate and Graduate students.
SMU has partnered with Academic
Health Plans and Aetna Student Health to offer those students in
need of health insurance coverage a student-focused comprehensive
medical plan designed to provide convenient and affordable access to
medical care whether at school, at home and while traveling or
studying abroad. To view the Student Health Insurance Plan
(SHIP) please visit
Beginning November 2, 2009, SMU's
mandatory policy requires those students with the enrollment status
mentioned above to provide documentation of current insurance
coverage or to enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).
Students will do so by selecting the "Health Insurance" Button in
the Student Center component of Access.SMU. For students
already maintaining their own private coverage the student must
waive SHIP coverage in order to avoid automatic enrollment into
SHIP and thereby have a premium charge of $1,016.00 per semester
applied to the student's university account.
For more information on how to WAIVE
or ELECT coverage please visit
here for more information on the health center.