OPT or STEM Extension Health Insurance While on
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International Student Health Insurance


While on OPT or STEM extension, students are under the visa sponsorship of SUNY New Paltz. Students are therefore able to purchase the SUNY International Student Health Insurance during the OPT or STEM extension period.

Things to consider:

If you change visa status you are no longer be eligible for the SUNY International Student Health Insurance. For example if you change from F-1 to H1b, you will need to find new insurance coverage.


Insurance Costs:


Coverage Dates

Total Cost

H-1 Gap

8/15/23 - 9/30/23


Fall Only

8/15/23 - 1/14/24


Spring Only

1/15/24 - 6/14/24



1/15/24 - 8/14/24


If you are interested in purchasing OPT insurance coverage, email international@newpaltz.edu stating which plan might be best for you. Allow 3-5 days for an insurance advisor to respond to your request.