Insurance and Financial Information for International Students
Health and Accident Insurance
All international students at Hofstra, resident and nonresident, are billed as part of their fees for health and accident insurance. The fee for international health and accident insurance is approximately 340 USD per semester.
Medical care for students is provided at the on-campus Health and Wellness Center. The Hofstra University Wellness Center focuses on providing holistic oriented health care. This would include initial diagnosis and treatment of injuries and/or illnesses, and appropriate follow-up for most short-term illnesses. Providers are experienced in treating common medical problems seen on college campuses and are advocates of a wellness approach to health care, which empowers patients to become partners in managing their health needs, through education and knowledge. In addition, Nassau University Medical Center and other hospitals are located nearby.
If you wish to attempt to have the health and accident insurance fee waived, you must complete a waiver form (which can be picked up in 242 Mack Student Center, North Campus) and provide two copies of your full current insurance policy (in English). Please be advised that your insurance must include arranging and coordinating emergency medical evacuations and repatriation of remains. Both copies and the form must be submitted to 242 Mack Student Center by 5 p.m. on the Friday of the first week of classes. Late waiver forms cannot be accepted. If you have any questions regarding health insurance, please contact:
Office of Multicultural & International Student Programs:
Phone: (516) 463-6796
Hofstra University’s Undergraduate Bulletin outlines the latest figures for an academic year’s study and living expenses. The Bulletin can be found online at hofstra.edu/bulletin.
Additional funds are required for summer months and holiday periods. A minimum of $4,000 is likely to be required for these periods.
It is necessary that every international student coming to the United States be prepared to cover all possible financial needs for the entire period of study and for transportation to and from his/her home country.
A student must complete a “Financial Verification Form” as part of the Hofstra application in order to certify the availability of sufficient funds. Students must show sufficient funds on deposit for at least one year of study, as well as the source from which the funds will be provided. A bank official must then certify the information given. Merit scholarships are available and may be included as part of the required financial support necessary.
International students are able to earn a limited amount of money by working on campus. Students can work on campus 20 hours per week while classes are in session, and 40 hours per week while classes are not in session. The USCIS prohibits students from working off campus for the first nine months on an F-1 student visa. After nine months, students may apply for “practical training” and work off campus during summer and winter vacation periods.