International Student Health Insurance  

Healthcare in the United States is enormously expensive, and medical insurance is necessary to help protect international students against unforeseen events that could result in long-term financial hardship. 


International students with F-1 status are required to maintain continuous insurance coverage throughout the entire duration of their studies at HCC (including any period authorized for academic training or authorized vacation or leave). Students beginning enrollment for the Spring 2017 semester must have at a minimum coverage starting January 1, 2017, extending to August 13, 2017.  We strongly recommend that you purchase health insurance for the entire academic year so that you are covered whether or not you are enrolled each semester.


To assist international students in complying with the health insurance mandate, HCC offers a health insurance plan that is underwritten by Student Resources (A UnitedHealth Group Company) and is administered by Insurance for Students (IFS). The IFS Prime Plan for HCC International Students is guaranteed to meet all insurance requirements per HCC policy.


How to Enroll in the IFS-HCC Health Insurance Plan

Click here to view the health insurance program brochure or flyer to find out more about insurance coverage levels and cost. 

Enroll online if you plan to make payment by credit card, or print and mail the application to IFS if you plan to make payment by check or money order.  

Visit the website to:

Questions about coverage, claims, etc.? Contact IFS at 1-800-356-1235 or

Insurance for Students, Inc.
5295 Town Center Rd., Suite 101
Boca Raton, FL 334696
Fax: 954-772-0877

Dental and Vision Insurance: Medical insurance does not include dental services. Students may purchase supplemental dental and vision insurance at an affordable monthly rate through IFS.

F-2 Dependents: While proof of insurance is not mandatory for dependents of F-1 students, it is recommended that they also be insured, in particular if they are enrolled at Hillsborough Community College.    

Eligibility to Waive the IFS-HCC Plan

All F-1 international students attending HCC must purchase the medical insurance program offered through IFS unless they apply for and are granted a waiver by IFS & the Center for International Education before registration. Any alternate insurance coverage must be equal or exceed the coverage provided by the IFS-HCC endorsed plan.