UCA Health Insurance & Health Care Information

Per UCA Board Policy 635, all F-1 and J-1 international students are required to be covered by an approved health insurance plan year-round, including holidays and vacation periods.

UCA Board Policy 635: International students (non-resident aliens) will be charged on amount sufficient to cover mandatory health insurance coverage during their status as students at the university, inclusive of holiday and vacation periods.

Health Insurance Coverage Dates

  • Students enrolled in the Fall semester must have health insurance coverage from August 1-December 31st
  • Students enrolled in the Spring semester must have health insurance coverage from January 1- July 31st
  • Students who begin their program of study in the Summer semester must have health insurance coverage from June 1 – July 31st

LewerMark Student Insurance:

The Office of International Engagement has partnered with the Lewer Agency to provide quality health insurance for our students. For more information on this plan, please visit the UCA portal on LewerMark’s website, or continue on to this section of the our website. Students on this plan can see how to access their insurance card here.

Please note: The UCA insurance plan does not cover:

  • Dependents for F-1 or J-1 students. See alternative options for dependents at the bottom of this page.
  • Dental or Vision. Students will have to pay out of pocket for any dental or vision services they need.

UCA Campus Health Services

The University of Central Arkansas offers a wide range of health services for our students. Learn more about these options here.

Off Campus Healthcare Options

In the event of emergencies, a list of local urgent care centers accepting LewerMark insurance can be found here. Students can also use LewerMark’s Search for a Doctor database.

Alternate Insurance Coverage

International students can use alternate insurance plans if the plans meet the mandatory requirements and are approved by the Office of International Engagement. Visit this page for more information on the mandatory requirements for alternate insurance plan. The plan must provide  coverage year-round, including holidays and vacation periods. See below for the required coverage dates based on the first semester enrolled at UCA.

  • Students enrolled in the Fall semester must have health insurance coverage from August 1-December 31st
  • Students enrolled in the Spring semester must have health insurance coverage from January 1- July 31st

Frequently Asked Insurance Questions

American healthcare and insurance can be a confusing topic! Please our FAQ page for more information on insurance terms and policies.