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Insurance Coverage While on OPT

Yes, you can choose to continue your coverage for up to 12 months after completion of your program ONLY IF you continue your coverage immediately following your degree course completion. You must have been a member of the group insurance plan prior to OPT status.

  • Fall semester: July 31
  • Spring semester: December 31 (this includes summer months)

Fees will be applied to your Southeast student account and must be paid in full for your enrollment to be completed. Confirmation email will be sent upon enrollment.

Payment is due prior to effective coverage end date. You can pay by check or credit card through your Southeast Portal or contact Student Financial Services at 573 - 651 - 2253.

Final insurance enrollment procedure with insurance company will occur after full payment has been made to Student Financial Services.

You can access your new member ID within 7 - 10 business days after your enrollment is completed.

Enroll in the optional Fall 2021 OPT insurance. 

Individual plans while on OPT status are available directly through LewerMark Student Insurance. To learn more about these short-term individual options, please click here.

The Spring 2021 group  insurance end date is August 14, 2021. If you have questions or need help,  contact the Office of International Education and Services at

Please Note:

It is the responsibility of the OPT student to ensure the requested renewal fee is charged to their Southeast student account prior to the effective coverage end date and renewal request is submitted by the respective enrollment deadline date. Additional, it is the responsibility of the OPT student to be aware of their coverage end date and their coverage renewal date. Insurance coverage is optional for OPT students and no enrollment renewal reminders are issued by the University.

If you choose not to continue coverage immediately after the term in which you completed your degree program, you will be ineligible to enroll in coverage at a later date.


International group coverage offered through Southeast is not qualifying health coverage (“minimum essential coverage”) that satisfies the health coverage requirement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This policy is ACA Exempt. If you are considered a resident alien for tax purposes, you may owe an additional payment with your taxes for not satisfying the health coverage requirement per the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Visit and for more information.


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