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The University of Texas System contracts with Academic Health Plans to provide an affordable and comprehensive student health insurance plan (UT SHIP) to UT Arlington students. The insurance plan, Academic Blue, is underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. Please visit Academic Health Plans' website for information about student health insurance coverage and how to enroll.

Health insurance is not a requirement to be seen at Health Services. All enrolled UT Arlington students that pay the Medical Services Fee are able to utilize Health Services and receive services at a discounted rate.

Health Services does not file claims for Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare or any other private health insurance at this time.

Treatment at Health Services

The annual deductible is waived and benefits paid at 100% of covered expenses incurred at Health Services. Prescription co-pays in the pharmacy are $15 for generic, $30 for preferred brand-name and $50 non-preferred brand-name prescriptions. Spouses and dependents enrolled in Academic Blue cannot receive treatment at Health Services unless they are also enrolled UT Arlington students.

Treatment at Another Facility

An annual deductible of $350 (in-network) $1,050 (out-of-network) applies for treatment received at a facility other than Health Services. When seeking treatment outside of the student health center, please use the Provider Finder Tool from Blue Cross Blue Shield to find in-network doctors and hospitals in your area. Co-payments, deductibles, and out-of-pocket expenses are applicable when receiving treatment outside of the student health center. Please review the Academic Health Plan benefits page for more information.


Academic Blue 24/7 Nurseline: Registered nurses are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-581-0368 to give general health tips and trusted guidance on where to seek care when Health Services is closed. This benefit is only available to students covered by Academic Blue.

Virtual Visits: Students enrolled in UT SHIP also have access to virtual visits powered by MDLive. Virtual visits provide a live consultation with an MDLive doctor for many non-emergency medical health needs. Students can also speak with a licensed counselor, therapist or psychiatrist for support with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma and loss or relationship problems.

Health Services encourages students insured by the UT System student health insurance plan to utilize virtual visits through MDLive during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional information from Academic Health Plans can be found here:

international students

Health insurance coverage is a requirement for all F1, F2, J1 and J2 international students. Students are not required to purchase the student health insurance plan. However, it is the only insurance currently accepted at Health Services. UT SHIP meets all requirements under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Students with other insurance plans will be charged the discounted rate for the services they receive at Health Services. Students may request an itemized receipt to self-file for reimbursement with their private health insurance plan.

benefits-eligible graduate students

Benefits-eligible graduate students now have the option of enrolling in UT SHIP as an alternative to the UT Select employee plan. Please contact an employee benefits representative from UTA Human Resources at 817-272-5554 or for more information.

ENROLLMENT for 2020-2021 coverage

Students can enroll in UT SHIP by visiting International students cannot enroll online. Please contact the Office of International Education for more information on enrolling.

The annual enrollment option is no longer available. Students must re-enroll each semester. Semester installment plans are available. Please call Academic Health Plans at 1-855-247-7587 for more information on signing up for an installment plan.

Enrollment periods, premiums and dates of coverage for the 2020-2021 academic year are as follows:

Fall 2020

Fall Open Enrollment: 06/01/2020 - 09/16/2020

Fall Premium: $1,163

Fall Coverage Dates: 08/15/2020 - 12/31/2020

Spring/Summer 2020

Spring/Summer Open Enrollment: 11/01/2020 - 02/09/2021

Spring/Summer Premium: $1,890

Spring/Summer Coverage Dates: 01/01/2021 - 8/14/2021

Summer 2020

Summer Open Enrollment: 04/01/2021 - 6/15/2021

Summer Premium: $770

Summer Coverage Dates: 05/15/2021 - 8/14/2021

Please note: Spring/Summer coverage is grouped together. Spring coverage cannot be purchased separately.

  • Students purchasing Academic Blue/UT System Student Health Insurance prior to the coverage start date will have their plans effective on the plan coverage start date.
  • Students purchasing Academic Blue/UT System Student Health Insurance after the coverage start date will be covered the day the company receives the premium payment.
  • Students who do not purchase by the last day of the enrollment period will have to wait until the next semester's open enrollment period.

2020-2021 UT System Student Health Insurance Plan Highlights

2020-2021 UT System Student Health Insurance Plan Brochure