According to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Lesley University policy, all undergraduate students registered for 9 credits or more, including programs at the DeMello International Center, must be covered by a comprehensive health insurance program.
Also, any on-campus graduate students registered for 6 credits or more, including programs at the DeMello International Center, must be covered by a comprehensive health insurance program.
Lesley has a general health insurance program available, which meets the standards of the Commonwealth as well as those put forth in the national Affordable Care Act.
This policy is provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield and administered by Gallagher Student Health and Special Risk. The current year's annual coverage begins on August 15, 2023, and continues through August 14, 2024.
Health insurance requirements for on-campus international, online, off-campus, and low-residency students:
On-Campus International Students
All on-campus international students must enroll in the Blue Cross Blue Shield plan with the exception of:
- Those international students whose sponsoring institution has a signed agreement with Lesley University that complies with the health insurance waiver requirements.
- International students with a plan for which their health insurance company’s primary home office is based in the United States, and the policy provides comparable coverage to the university student health insurance plan.
International students who qualify to waive the insurance based on the information above must go to gallagherstudent.com/lesley to waive the insurance charge. All other international students are required to enroll in the health insurance plan and are not eligible for a waiver.
Online, Off-Campus, and Low-Residency Students
If you’re enrolled in an online program in Massachusetts (regardless of your state of residency), in a program that’s delivered at an off-campus location, or in a program delivered in a low-residency format, you’re not eligible to participate in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) or an alternate health plan.