All registered international students taking credit hours are required to purchase this insurance plan unless proof of comparable coverage is furnished.


Health coverage* through the Student Educational Benefit Trust (SEBT) is a service available that all international students who are enrolled in classes at The University of Akron are automatically enrolled into, unless they qualify for a waiver (see below).

Health insurance liaison: Pat Brenckle is available to answer any of your health insurance questions.

  • Phone: 330-972-7390
  • Email:
  • Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

*The university does not receive commissions from the program.


  1. To choose your plan/enroll login using your university email as your user name and your university ID number as your initial password.
  2. Follow steps to finish enrolling.
  3. Once you are enrolled, you can then add dependents or choose optional dental and vision coverage.


Eligible students who do enroll may also insure their dependents. 

Eligible dependents are:

  • The spouse
  • Unmarried children under 19 years of age
  • Unmarried children under 23 years of age IF the child is a full-time student at an accredited institution of higher learning


Health insurance is mandatory at The University of Akron for international students and (the accompanying dependents (spouse and/or children) of J-1).

The University of Akron requires health insurance for international students for several reasons, including:

  • Health care can be costly in the U.S.
  • The U.S. does not have a national health care plan.
  • Health services may be restricted if you do not have health insurance.

No. Major medical insurance coverage has always been mandatory for international students.

The cost of the premium has always been calculated into the living expenses amount listed on the Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF) Form found on the FORMS page under Incoming Students tab. Each international student is required to complete and submit along with adequate financial documentation before the I-20/DS-2019 is issued.

Therefore, you have affirmed that you are financially able to pay The University Student Health Plan fee.

The plan must be a government-sponsored program, employer benefit for the student or parent of the student (if the student is a dependent), or be provided by another source (i.e. scholarship) that guarantees acceptable coverage will remain in force during the entire length of your stay.

The plan must be provided by a company licensed to do business in the United States with (a) a U.S. claim payment office, (b) a U.S. telephone number, and (c) plan literature available in English. Travel insurance plans and reimbursement programs of any kind do not qualify.

The plan must exceed the coverage provided by the University Student Health Plan. If the waiver is approved, the student must provide proof of payment for the entire year. No monthly or installment payment will be permitted. Note: Many plans may appear comparable, but there are “internal limits," “exclusions” and “pre-existing illness clauses” that may leave students unprotected.

If you feel you qualify for a waiver, send your waiver request to

This applies to all non-immigrant students enrolled in a degree-seeking, guest or exchange program at the university. 

No, dependents are not subject to the hard waiver program; however, the University expects that dependents will maintain adequate health coverage throughout their stay in the United States.  As a reminder, dependents with J-2 nonimmigrant status are required by law to maintain medical insurance meeting the regulatory minimum levels throughout the duration of the J-1's exchange program or risk the loss of lawful status.

When an international student registers for classes, the health insurance fee will be added to their account. Health insurance is payable as part of a student's fees.

The Spring/Summer 2019 student health insurance fee is $669.

Any international student who fails to demonstrate acceptable coverage by the established deadline (listed below) will be enrolled in the University Student Health Plan and the fee will be applied to your account. 

Waiver Deadlines:

  • Annual and Fall – Sept. 30, 2018
  • Spring – Jan. 31, 2019
  • Summer – Jun. 5, 2019

Health insurance ID cards will no longer be mailed out to international students who are enrolled in the SEBT program; instead students can go online to print their ID card or download the app on your iOS or Android device.

If you have any questions regarding your health insurance ID card contact Nicola Kille or Pat Brenckle 330-972-7390.

Direct health insurance questions, online waiver process or payment process to the Health insurance liaison: 

Pat Brenckle

  • 330-972-7390
  • Email:
  • Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time / GMT -5)