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Current International Students

F-1 Student Health Insurance

All Foothill’s active F-1 students are automatically enrolled in our mandatory health plan. The cost is $562 USD per quarter which is added to your tuition and fees upon your quarterly class registeration.

  • This plan offers the best possible medical coverage at the best possible price.
  • Under this plan, you may choose from a wide variety of health care providers in our local communities who participate in the Anthem Blue Cross PPO (Prudent Buyer) network.
  • The plan provides up to $250,000 in coverage per condition each year, with 100% coverage after the copayment (usually $50-$100) for most doctors and clinic or hospital services within the PPO network.
  • The copayment may be waived if you first seek medical help from Foothill College's Student Health Services office.

Important Notes about the Plan 

Coverage Dates and Payment

$562 USD each four-month term, a total of three terms per year.

  • Fall term: August 15 - December 14
  • Winter term: December 15 - April 14
  • Spring term: April 15 - August 14

For new students, if you arrive in the U.S. before a coverage term starts, you may purchase one additional month of transition insurance.

If you completes your studies at Foothill College before the end of the coverage term, your insurance ends on the last day of the last quarter which you paid.

Limitations and Exclusions

The Anthem Blue Cross PPO plan offers comprehensive benefits. As with any insurance plan, however, there are some specific limits to the coverage. If you incur charges for a service that is not covered or an amount that exceeds your coverage, you are responsible for paying those charges. 

Be sure to carefully review the "Exclusions and Limitations" section of the plan brochure so you know what is not covered or has limited coverage. If you have any questions or want to verify whether your plan covers a specific service, call Relation Insurance at 800.537.1777


The plan has a required copayment of $50 per visit for all physicians’ services.  If you make an appointment with the Student Health Services office before and the nurse there refers you to a doctor, the copayment may be waived.

Dental and Vision Coverage

Dental and vision care are not covered under this insurance plan.  If you would like more information on purchasing dental or vision check with the Student Health Services office on campus or call Relation Insurance at 800.537.1777.

Coverage for COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine

Foothill health insurance covers the cost of COVID-19 testings, vaccines, as well as treatments if you have symptoms.

COVID-19 vaccines are provided free of charge through local government vaccination sites. Please visit this website to determine your eligibility and to sign up for an a vaccination appointment when you are eligible:

 [Please note that vaccinations are not covered through your Foothill health insurance. However, as long as you receive your vaccine through a local government vaccination site, you should not be charged.]

If you have any further questions about health insurance coverage, please contact Mang-Ling Cho at

Enrolling Dependents

Dependents are not automatically enrolled in this health insurance plan.  You must complete an Enrollment Form for Dependents to add your spouse or child to the coverage.  Please contact the ISP office if you would more information about dependent enrollment.

Coverage During OPT

If you are no longer an F-1 visa student, you may not purchase health insurance under this plan. If you are participating in Optional Practical Training (OPT), you are eligible for the plan but you will not be automatically enrolled. You must enroll when you start OPT and remain enrolled through the entire OPT period.  To enroll during OPT, contact the ISP Office. Dependent coverage is not available for students enrolled during OPT. 


Foothill College may grant waivers only if you meet certain requirements (i.e. if you are on your spouses', partners' or parents' U.S. local health insurance plans). If you hold another health insurance plan, whether U.S. or foreign, you will still be required to purchase the Foothill health insurance. Please contact Mang-Ling Cho at if you have questions about the waiver. 

The waiver form must be submitted to the ISP office along with all required documents no later than the second Friday of each quarter (fall, winter or spring).


You are responsible for paying the quarterly health insurance fee unless you notify the ISP office and are approved for a refund within the first two weeks of the quarter about one of the following circumstances:

  • You are taking online classes from abroad during COVID-19
  • Your immigration or visa status has changed
  • You have obtained permanent residency status (green card)
  • You are transferring to another school or university
  • You are ending your studies or leaving the United States

If you don't pay the required fees, a hold will be placed on your student account. You will not be able to obtain transcripts or enroll in future quarters until the hold is cleared. If left unpaid, your debt may be sent to an outside agency for collection. This may affect your financial or credit rating in the future.

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Administration Building 1900 Room 1933

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