Health Insurance

The cost of medical care in the U.S. is very high. For this reason, all international students enrolled at South Seattle College are required to purchase the Seattle College District insurance policy which is offered through the Lewer Agency and includes specific benefits to international students. As explained in the video below, the insurance policy will help students cover the cost of medical issues that might arise during their stay in the U.S.

Lewermark Insurance has a site specifically designed for international students attending South Seattle College:

From this site, students are able to print insurance cards, find a doctor, file a claim, and learn about their coverage.

Dependents are not eligible to receive Lewermark Student Insurance. Please refer to the website for more information on insurance options for your spouse and children.

Vacation Quarter or Quarters with No Enrollment

If you are not taking any classes at South Seattle College during a vacation quarter, leave of absence, or medical leave, you will not be covered by South Seattle College’s insurance policy unless you buy insurance for that quarter. The IP Office strongly recommends that students purchase insurance in these circumstances to ensure they have adequate coverage. Please visit the International Programs Office to purchase insurance.

If you choose not to purchase coverage during a vacation quarter, leave of absence, or medical leave, you will have a break in coverage from the last day of the previous quarter until the first day of the next quarter you enroll and purchase insurance. You will also be subject to the pre-existing conditions policy if there is a break in your coverage.

If you have a serious medical condition that requires you to be on full or part-time medical leave, the Lewer policy may not cover you after your first quarter of full or part-time leave. If your condition prevents you from enrolling full time for a second quarter, you may consider returning to your home country until you have fully recovered. If you remain in the United States on medical leave after your first quarter of full-time or part-time medical leave, you may need to find a new insurance policy to cover your medical expenses.

Finishing your Program

If you finish your program and are going home, then you are covered for 30 days from the last day of your program. If you plan to stay through the full 60 days of your program grace period, you have the option of purchasing a 30-day extension of the insurance policy (see the International Programs Office for details).


If you have been approved for Optional Practical Training (OPT), you may purchase South Seattle’s policy while you are on OPT. To have insurance during OPT, you must pay the premium at South Seattle no more than 60 days after the last day of your graduating quarter. It is important that you pay by this day; otherwise, you will not be eligible to purchase South Seattle’s insurance while you are on OPT. Please visit the International Programs Office to purchase insurance during OPT.

Exceptions to the Insurance Requirement

The following students are exempt from purchasing the South Seattle’s insurance policy:


International students attending South Seattle on visas other than F-1 or M-1

  • F-1 students enrolled at South Seattle while on an I-20 form from another U.S. institution

  • Government-sponsored students already provided with insurance from the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission, the Embassy of Kuwait, Embassy of Oman, or Embassy of the UAE


Morneau Shepell’s International Student Support Program (MySSP) is the world’s leading international counseling organization, offering culturally relevant mental health support to international students.

  • International Support Advisors can help you with:
  • Adapting to a new culture
  • Stress, sadness, loneliness
  • Relationships with friends and family
  • Being successful in school

Three ways to connect with MySSP:

  • Download the free My SSP app
  • Online:
  • 1-866-743-7732
  • If calling from outside of North America: 001-416-380-6578