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Domestic and International Insurance

Domestic Student Health Insurance

Beginning with the 2024-25 academic year Purchase College will no longer be offering a student health insurance plan for domestic students. Since students may be referred off campus to providers for services beyond what are available on campus, students must have adequate health insurance coverage. Coverage can be through a parent/guardian’s insurance plan or the New York State Marketplace.

Students currently enrolled in the college’s Aetna Student Health Plan, please be aware that coverage will end August 13, 2024.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they have health insurance coverage after this date. Students should check prospective plans for physical, mental, and behavioral health coverage, including psychotherapy, inpatient treatment services, or psychotropic prescriptions.


SUNY requires all students enrolled on an F-1 or a J-1 visa to participate in the college-provided medical insurance plan. Foreign students who are able to prove that they have comparable coverage for health care in the United States may apply for a waiver through Health Services. Until the waiver is approved your account will be billed including the international health insurance charge. The international health insurance waiver must be completed each semester.

The cost of health insurance per semester for an international student studying at Purchase is:

  • Fall 2024: $1,066.67 (August 15th 2024 - January 14th 2025) 
  • Spring 2025:  $1052.73 (January 15th 2025- June 14th 2025)


The cost of health insurance per semester for a Purchase College student studying abroad is:

  • Fall 2024 $385.66 (August 15th 2024 - January 14th, 2025)
  • Spring 2025: $380.62 (January 15th 2025- June 14th 2025)


Optional Practical Training (OPT) is off-campus employment authorization that lets F-1 students get work experience in their major field of study. You have a total of 12 months of full-time OPT per degree level. You can work for any employer, anywhere in the U.S. 

  • Fall 2024: $1,066.67 (August 15th 2024 - January 14th 2025)
  • Spring 2025: $1052.73 (January 15th 2025- June 14th 2025)