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Medical Insurance

All Northwestern students are required to have comprehensive health insurance. To ensure all students meet this requirement, every academic year you will be defaulted into the Northwestern University Student Health Insurance Plan (NU-SHIP).

Annual Insurance Selection Requirement

You must confirm or waive your NU-SHIP enrollment via the online Coverage Selection Form in CAESAR during the fall open enrollment period, which runs July 1–October 1, 2024. Per University policy, international students—students holding an F-1 or J-1 U.S. visa—are required to confirm their NU-SHIP enrollment and maintain NU-SHIP coverage throughout their time at Northwestern. 

How Do I Confirm NU-SHIP Enrollment?

How Do I Waive NU-SHIP Enrollment?

Please note it is a violation of Northwestern University policy for degree-seeking students to waive NU-SHIP enrollment if their alternate insurance plan does not meet Northwestern's comparable coverage requirements. If it is determined that a student’s plan does not meet all requirements, the student will be re-enrolled in NU-SHIP and held responsible for the applicable premium. 

NU-SHIP Premium and Coverage Details

You are encouraged to visit the Student Health Insurance webpage, which provides a wealth of insurance information and answers to frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Student Insurance Office by email at or by phone at 847-491-3621.