Student Health Insurance & Immunizations

Important Information

University Health Services is here to assist you with the Immunization and Health Insurance requirements for Florida State University students.

In order to register for classes at FSU, all students are required to submit a one-time Immunization form, showing proof of two combined MMR vaccines and to either show proof of or complete a waiver for Hepatitis B and Meningococcal Meningitis. For complete details, select the Immunization Requirements icon at the bottom of this page to access the form and Instructions for completion.

Additionally, on an annual basis FSU requires all domestic full time, main campus students and all International students with F or J visa types to show proof of health insurance coverage. For complete details, instructions for showing proof, or, if you do not have sufficient coverage already, and wish to see details for the FSU sponsored plan through United Healthcare Student Resources, select one of the options below or the Insurance Requirement page to get started.

PLEASE NOTE: If you're uncertain about whether your insurance will cover services at UHS, contact your insurance provider. Let them know that your student is residing in Tallahassee, FL and ask about your coverage status.  

 

Fall 2024 Information

Don't miss your chance during the open waiver/enrollment window to avoid automatic enrollment in the student health insurance plan, ensuring you have the coverage you need and the flexibility to choose the best options for your healthcare.

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Insurance Enrollment Dates

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  • Date
    Description
  • June
     
  • June 3, 2024
    Waive or Elect portal opens for 24/25 academic year
  • July
     
  • July 15, 2024
    Fall 2024 policy charges post for individuals who have elected and those who have taken no action
  • August
     
  • August 14, 2024
    Student Insurance Policies for the 23/24 academic year will expire
  • August 15, 2024
    Last day to request adjustment or Cancel Annual 24-25 or Fall 24 Policy
  • August 15, 2024
    Annual 24-25 and Fall 24 Policy coverage begins
  • August 31, 2024
    Last day of appeals for adjustments to waive or elect for Graduates
  • September
     
  • September 15, 2024
    Last day of appeals for adjustments to waive or elect for Undergraduates
  • October
     
  • October 1, 2024
    Open enrollment for Spring - Summer policy begins
  • Dates taken from this calendar.

Frequently Asked Questions

Immunization FAQs

  • What immunizations are required?
    • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
      • Two vaccinations are required.
        • The first immunization must have been given on or after the first birthday and after January 1, 1968. Immunizations given more than 4 days before the first birthday DO NOT count toward the two MMR requirement.
        • The second immunization must have been given at least 28 days following the first MMR immunization.
    • IgG titers showing proof of positive immunity to measles, mumps AND rubella may be submitted in place of the two MMR requirement.
      • Lab slips showing POSITIVE immunity to each of the three diseases must be submitted with the Student Immunization Record.
      • An equivocal or negative titer on any of the three tests will require the student to receive the MMR series.
    • Students born before January 1, 1957 are exempt from showing proof of vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella.
  • Is the Meningitis vaccine recommended, safe and available at UHS?
    • The meningitis vaccine is recommended by the health center for those students who will be living in residence halls or living in close quarters (Greek housing, apartment complexes, etc.). It is safe to receive and we do have the vaccine at the health center. Call 850-644-4567 to schedule an appointment.
  • Can UHS complete my Hepatitis B series?
    • Yes, if you need immunizations, required or not, you may get them at UHS by calling 850-644-4567 to schedule an appointment.
  • I have a medical condition that prevents me from receiving the MMR. What do I do?
    • Attach a letter from your medical provider to your Immunization Form explaining why you cannot receive the MMR. Make certain the letter includes whether the exemption is permanent or temporary. If the exemption is temporary (such as your course of medication will end or your baby will be born) have the letter include an end date for the exemption. Understand further that if there is an immunization-preventable disease outbreak at FSU, any student with an exemption for immunizations will be excluded from classes and any other activities on campus until two weeks after the last case has been diagnosed.
  • What do I do if I can't find any of my immunization records?
    • If you cannot find proof of your immunization records, you have the option to retake the dose series for the required MMR vaccine or receive a blood draw for MMR IgG titers to show proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. You must show positive for all three titers and submit numerical lab results to the Health Compliance office. You may also receive the shots for Hepatitis B and Meningitis or decline the vaccines by completing the waivers on the Immunization form. There is a titer for Hepatitis B, but there is no titer for Meningitis at this time.
    • Tips for locating vaccination records
      • http://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/immunization/Locating-Vaccination-Records/index.html 
      • Immunization records that exist for adults are usually records that were provided to their parents when they received vaccines as children and in the adult's medical record of the physician or clinic where vaccines were given. There is no national database that maintains the immunization records for adults. If official copies of immunization records are needed or if there is a desire to update personal records, the following places may provide some assistance to obtaining these records:
        • Request immunization records from parents or caregivers if they still have them.
        • Search baby books or other saved documents from childhood
        • Contact the high school and/or college health services attended for dates of any immunizations received. Please be advised that records are only maintained for a certain length of time.
        • Contact previous employers (including the military) that may have required immunizations for employment purposes.
        • Contact your health care provider or county health department. Please be advised that records are maintained by the health care provider’s office for a limited number of years.
        • Check with the county health department to determine if you have immunizations recorded in the Florida SHOTS™ system.
      • If Unable to Locate Immunization Records

        After taking the actions above and you are still unsuccessful the location of the immunization records, your health care provider may be able to perform blood tests (titer testing) to determine if you have immunity to some vaccine-preventable diseases. You may need to receive some vaccines again, which is safe.

    • Contact the Immunization Section
      • 1-877-888-7468
      • immunization@FLHealth.gov
      • Fax: 850-922-4195
      • Mailing address: Florida Department of Health/Immunization Section- 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A11, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1719d
  • What if my doctor's office doesn't have an office stamp?
    • If your doctor's office does not have an office stamp, they may attach their business card, a fax coversheet with their letterhead, or neatly fill in their office information in the office stamp section of the form.
  • What is Noles File Transfer (NiFTy)?
    • Noles File Transfer is a secure and easy way for you to move files in and out of the university. All files are transferred across the network securely encrypted.
  • How do I submit records via the Noles File Transfer?
    • If you are an FSU user, you will need to select "Login" and follow the directions provided on https://nifty.fsu.edu/ to submit the required documents to Health Compliance.
    • If you are not an FSU user, you will select "Drop-off" and follow the directions provided on https://nifty.fsu.edu/.
  • Once I submit my immunization information, when will my hold be lifted?
    • Please allow 3-5 business days for your immunization records to be reviewed and processed by the Health Center staff.

Insurance FAQs

  • How often do I need to update my health insurance information? 
    • Students must update their health insurance information annually or if their current policy expires (ex: purchased spring/summer plan only and you plan to enroll in fall classes). FSU students must show evidence of a health insurance prior to enrolling for a future semester. 
    • If you have a Student Health Insurance hold, the information we have on file for you is outdated or your current policy has expired, click here to enter your current policy information or sign up for the FSU sponsored health insurance plan for students.
  • What is a premium? When are payments due?
    • Payments you make to your insurance provider to keep your coverage. Payments are due about 15 days after the start of the plan.
    • Many students receive their financial aid disbursement before the premium payment due date. If you are planning to use your financial aid to pay for the plan, no additional action is required by you.
    • If you are purchasing the annual plan through FSU, the premium is split evenly between your fall and spring terms. The premium will be placed on your Student Central Account. View your account at https://my.fsu.edu.
  • How do I cancel my student health plan?
    • Cancellation requests of the Student Health Plan must be received in writing. Log in to: https://insuranceadjustments.uhs.fsu.edu/ to make a request to cancel or adjust your current plan. 
    • Per the Student Health Insurance Policy, there only two conditions in which a policy may be cancelled after the policy start date. Cancellations are allowed if you:
      • Leave FSU to join the military
      • Withdraw before you have attended classes for 31 calendar days of the term for which you purchased coverage. It is the student's responsibility to notify the compliance office of withdrawal and request to cancel. Withdrawing from the university does NOT automatically cancel your policy or financial obligation for the premium. 
      • Make the request in writing during the open enrollment period for the policy you have purchased and have not utilized the policy prior to making the request. You must provide proof of alternative coverage by logging in here: https://healthcompliance.fsu.edu/insurance/
        • If you purchased the spring/summer policy and have NOT used the policy, and you make the request during open enrollment period for that term, you may request to cancel. Approval will be made after the above criteria is met. 
        • If you purchased the annual policy and request in the spring term to cancel the policy, this would not meet the criteria above. The annual policy has been active for a full semester. Premium amounts will still be due, and the policy will not be cancelled

    Please note that obtaining a different policy (i.e., from a new job, newly married, cheaper option found, etc.) after the start date of the student health insurance policy does not meet the criteria.

  • Once I submit my health insurance information or purchase health insurance, when will the charge for the Student Health Insurance Policy (SHIP) be removed?
    • The charge will be removed within 48-72 hrs after you have successfully waived with your own insurance policy or purchased the SHIP. 
  • How do I obtain an insurance card?
    • To obtain an insurance card from UHCSR, go online to UHCSR.com/fsu. Once there, click on Login to My Account and sign in with your selected username and password. If you do not have a username and password, you will first need to select Create Account. Then, login in to My Account and pick the ID card link to see a digital version. You may also print and request a hard copy of your ID.
  • Who is required to show proof of health insurance?
    • All domestic students taking a full course load are required to show insurance comparable to the health insurance plan offered for FSU students. 
    • All international students in F1, J1, J2, or F2 visa status enrolling in any number of FSU credit hours are required to show proof of health insurance that is compliant with the Florida Board of Governor's regulation 6.009. Dependents with J-2 visas are required to be insured regardless of whether or not they are enrolled in FSU courses, per federal immigration regulations. 
    • Please see the Student Insurance Requirement Policy for more details
  • Who is not required to show proof of health insurance?
    • Domestic students studying at the Panama City FSU campus and the Republic of Panama FSU campus.
    • Distance learning students.
    • Domestic students studying in other designated special programs at FSU such as transient students, dual-enrolled students and co-op students.
    • Domestic students taking less than the full course load.
    • Domestic students taking fewer than 12 undergraduate credit hours or fewer than 9 graduate credit hours in the fall and spring terms and fewer than 6 hours in the summer may contact the Health Compliance Office for a credit hour under load to clear the insurance requirement.
    • Please see the Student Insurance Requirement Policy for more details
  • What happens if I don't show proof of health insurance?
    • You will be automatically enrolled in the student health insurance plan. The cost of the term for enrollment will be added to your student account and you will be responsible to pay the cost.
  • Why is having health insurance important?
    • Health insurance provides protection for the unexpected illnesses and injuries that can interrupt your education and takes care of the expenses for preventative and routine health care. Part of our mission at the health center is to insure that students at Florida State have the opportunity to optimize their entire university educational experience through good health. Students without health insurance often neglect their health or defer their health care because of the expense. No student should have to decide between continuing his or her education or paying a medical bill.
  • I am a graduate student and received the graduate subsidy for health insurance. Where can I receive more information on this? 
  • Additional Insurance Options
    • If your annual taxable income is at least $13,590, you may qualify for affordable, if not free, health insurance through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. 
    • Reach out to Big Bend AHEC at bigbendahec.org or by phone at (850) 224-1177 to speak to a certified health insurance navigator for more information.