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Insurance, Health, Immunizations, and Emergency Telephone Numbers

Mandatory Health Insurance

You are required by the California State University to have valid health and accident insurance coverage by the start of your program at CSU, Chico and at all times thereafter while you hold an F-1 or J-1 visa. Failure to purchase such insurance is a violation of your immigration status and may result in the cancellation of your I-20 and your disenrollment from the University.

Your insurance policy must meet the following minimum criteria:

A. Coverage Amounts

$100,000 per accident or illness

$50,000 medical evacuation

$25,000 repatriation and return of mortal remains

B. Deductible

Less than $500 per incident

C. Length of Coverage

Option 1: One semester at a time - students will be required to renew their policies before the beginning of the next semester.

Option 2: One year at a time - students will be required to renew their coverages before the beginning of the next academic year.

The following two policies meet the minimum coverage levels for both F-1 and J-1 visa holders:

1. International Student Organization (ISO) Insurance

Annual cost for the COMPASS GOLD policy: $492 USD

Per semester cost for the COMPASS GOLD policy:  $205 USD

To sign up for this policay go to and fill out the drop-down menus.

2. Wells Fargo Insurance

Annual cost:   $1,489.80 USD

Fall semester only:   $637.24 USD

Spring/Summer only:  $872.20 USD

To purchase this policy, begin by going to and selecting CSU, Chico from the drop-down menu.

The Office of International Education will veriy students' insurance coverage directly with Wells Fargo or ISO each smester.  Be sure to carry your proof of coverage with you at all times. 

If you have questions about waivers for insurnce, email the Office of International Education at

Medical Concerns and Access to Care

The CSU, Chico Student Health Center (SHC) provides free medical services to students.  For the SHC to best serve you, please bring copies of your medical and immunization records with you so they have a clear understanding of your medical history.

Mandatory Immunizations and Tests

You are required to show proof of immunization against Measles and Rubella (MMR).  Additionally, you must demonstrate that you are negative for Tuberculosis (TB).  You may bring proof of your negative TB test to orientation, provided the test has been performed within 90 days of orientation and is written in English.  Turn these documents in to the Student Health Center during your orientation on campus.

If you do not have these records at orientation, you will need to visit the SHC during orientation week to receive the required immunization or test. The MMR vaccination costs approximately $60.00; the TB test costs approximately $55.00.

If you are under 19 years of age as of the first day of the semester, you must also present proof of immunizations against Hepatitis B or complete the series of injections after you arrive.  There is a fee for this injection series.

Emergency Phone Numbers:

Emergency Number (Police, Fire, Ambulance): 911

CSU, Chico Student Health Center (Warner Street): 898-5241

Enloe Medical Center (West 5th Avenue and Esplanade): 891-7300

University Police (West 2nd Street and Chestnut): 898-5555