South Dakota State law requires all F-1 and J-1 visa holders to possess an approved health insurance policy. In order to comply with state and federal laws governing J-1 visas, you must enroll in and purchase the State of South Dakota Board of Regents health insurance policy for international students each year. You can learn more about the insurance requirements by going to the student health website.
If you are an athlete, there is a different insurance plan for you that meets both international and athletic requirements. Please work with the athletics department directly to enroll in this plan. If you have a different plan that meets the requirements, you can submit a waiver request before the first day of classes. See Insurance Waiver Info below.
There is an auto enrollment policy effective at Black Hills State University. This means that you will have until the Add/Drop date to enroll in the GeoBlue – Basic. If you do not sign up for a plan by the Add/Drop date, you will be automatically enrolled by the university in the GeoBlue – Enhanced and that charge will be applied to their university bill. You will then have to pay the higher rate for that semester and then you can change to the GeoBlue – Basic the following semester if you so choose.
The Office of International Relations will email all new and continuing international students prior to the start of each semester to provide enrollment information. You must check your email regularly, and you are responsible for ensuring you are enrolled into the insurance plan by the deadline.
FALL 2020 ENROLLMENT DEADLINE: August 28, 2020
SPRING 2021 ENROLLMENT DEADLINE: January 11, 2021
INSURANCE WAIVER INFORMATION
Under limited circumstances, the South Dakota Board of Regents may waive this requirement if a student provides adequate proof of coverage. The Health Insurance Waiver Request Form is available on the student health insurance website. You will need to make sure that the South Dakota Board of Regents requirements are being met if you would like to request a waiver. This form will need to be completed and returned by the first day of classes each semester to the Office of International Relations and Global Engagement. Approval for these waivers is not guaranteed. If approval is not granted, you will need to purchase insurance through GeoBlue. The Office of International Relations and Global Engagement will notify students via email about the waiver decision within 48 hours after it is received.
REFUNDS OF PRE-PAID INSURANCE PREMIUMS
If you will be returning to your home country for the summer, you may receive a refund for the months you are home upon proof of a flight itinerary. You should submit the request, along with the flight itinerary, by emailing email@example.com at least one week (5 business days) prior to your scheduled departure.