All F-1 and J-1 international students are required to have the Texas A&M University System Student Health Insurance Plan (SSHIP). For more information go to System Student Health Insurance Requirement.
The SSHIP is through Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Texas and Academic Health Plans (AHP) provides management and administrative services for A&M-Commerce. Students are automatically enrolled each semester and the insurance premium charge is placed on an international student's account as a separate charge with their tuition and fees the second week of classes. The ISSS does not set the cost of the insurance. The cost of the insurance is set by criteria and a bidding process at the Texas A&M University System. The SSHIP is for all Texas A&M University System universities.
Waivers for the summer semester will open on May 18, 2016 and the deadline to submit a waiver is June 13, 2016. No waivers will be accepted after June 13, 2016. Please allow Academic Health Plans up to ten business days to process waiver requests. Go to Waiver Criteria for information about allowed waivers. To submit a waiver go to Waiver Process.
Waivers for the fall semester will open on August 1, 2016 and the deadline to submit a waiver is September 6, 2016. No waivers will be accepted after September 6, 2016. Please allow Academic Health Plans up to ten business days to process waiver requests. Go to Waiver Criteria for information about allowed waivers. To submit a waiver go to Waiver Process.
Students with a full-time assistantship that includes the Grad Plan insurance will need to submit the Assistantship Verification Form. Do not submit a waiver through the AHP website. The ISSS will use the information provided through the form to verify a student's Grad Plan coverage.
The A&M-Commerce Student Health Services office offers affordable health care to A&M-Commerce students and faculty/staff. Currently enrolled students may visit Student Health Services for free. There may be additional charges for labs, x-rays, minor procedures, etc.
Student Health Services is located in Henderson Hall (B19 on campus map) and they are open Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm (closed for lunch from 12pm-1pm). For more information or to schedule an appointment call 903-886-5853 or click here.