OPT/AT Insurance sign up when you are not going to be enrolled in KU classes

KU students on OPT/AT who are not enrolling in KU classes, are eligible to continue their UHC UnitedHealthcare StudentResources insurance.  You will have to remember to do this every semester you are not enrolled, it is not automatic.

If you are remaining in the USA, ISS highly recommends that you have health insurance, as paying for medical treatment in the USA is very expensive.

Please be advised that students in J immigration status are required to stay continually enrolled in health insurance for themselves and their dependents for the entirety of their stay in the United States.

*If you are F-1, F-2 or J-1, enrolling in Fall KU classes (even online classes), you receive the insurance automatically, and the charge for insurance goes on your Enroll and Pay account, you do not need to submit a request for Optional Insurance Coverage through KU.   Email issinsurance@ku.edu, if you end up enrolling in KU classes after you submit the form, as you will be charged again for insurance.

To enroll in the Fall 2018 KU UHC insurance plan, OPT/AT students which are not enrolled in classes and are in the USA, need to submit the “Fall - Request Optional Insurance ” e-form at iHawk Services Login by the "early-bird" processing deadline of JULY 18, 2018, for it to be activated by August 1, 2018.  (Note: After ISS submits your request to UHC to activate your Fall 2018 insurance plan, you will submit your insurance premium payment directly to UHC. Your insurance will not be activated until you pay.)  

  • Log into https://ihawk.ku.eduwith your KU online ID and password.
  • Click on the “Insurance and Finances” Tab. 
  • Click on “Student Health Insurance”.
  • And then click on “Fall - Request Optional Insurance Coverage through KU” e-form.  Only do this form if you are not enrolling in KU Summer classes and are in the USA.
  • Once you submit the online form, the ISS Insurance Team will review your request and, if you are eligible for this insurance coverage, your insurance enrollment will be sent to the UHC insurance company.
  • UHC will send you a link to pay for optional insurance with a credit card.
  • The payment link will only be active for 5 days. 
  • Once payment has been received by UHC, the insurance plan will be activated.
  • The cost for Fall 2018 insurance is $709, Spring 2019 insurance is $709, and Summer 2019 insurance is $284. NOTE: KU insurance policy dates for Spring are January 1-May 31, Summer are June 1-July 31, and for Fall are August 1-December 31. See Insurance Rates and Dependent Options for costs.
  • F-1, or F-2 Students on OPT/AT can choose a shorter period for the coverage ($142 per calendar month. EX: January 1-31).


Note: Open enrollment to add a dependent to your Fall 2018 KU UHC Insurance plan is July 1, 2018 – Aug 31, 2018. UHC must receive payment for the dependent insurance ​before activating the dependent insurance. Your insurance must be activated prior to adding dependents.

iHawk Portal

If you have questions or need additional information, please email issinsurance@ku.edu.

Graduate Students Planning To Complete All Degree Requirements By September 4th, 2018

Students who are planning to complete all degree requirements and will be graduating in Fall 2018, but will not enroll in fall classes may be eligible to enroll in the Fall 2018 KU UnitedHealthcare StudentResources (UHCSR) international student insurance plan. To enroll in the Fall 2018 KU UHCSR insurance plan, UHCSR must receive an enrollment request during the insurance open enrollment period (July 1, 2018 – August 31, 2018). For more information about enrolling in the Fall 2018 KU UHCSR insurance plan, please email the ISS Insurance Team at issinsurance@ku.edu.

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