Health care is very expensive and while the Student Health Center on campus can provide primary care for students, sometimes students require additional care for hospitalizations, surgery, or other specialty care. It is important that students are able to receive appropriate health care when necessary.
Rice University requires that all registered, degree seeking students (with the exception of students enrolled in traditional online programs or enrolled in the Liberal Studies programs, excluding the MAT for new teachers) maintain health insurance while enrolled so that unexpected illness or accident does not hinder its students' wellness or academic success. It is Rice University's responsibility to ensure the safety of all students.
Therefore, students may only opt out of the Rice Student Health Insurance Plan if their outside insurance meets Rice's waiver requirements. An approved waiver is only valid for the academic year in which it was approved.