How to Request a Waiver for USC Student Health Insurance

How do I request a waiver? (New students must be registered for classes.)

You must be actively registered for classes for the upcoming/beginning semester before starting the online enrollment/request for waiver process. Incoming undergraduate students are typically registered for classes during orientation. If you are not registered for classes, you will not be able to request a waiver using the online system.

Read over Waiver Requirements to make sure this is the right option for you.

Please note: new students may have to wait up to 72 hours (for data synchronization) after registering for classes in order to have their data synchronized between the registration system and the insurance waiver system.

Complete your online request for a waiver at the Aetna Student Health online waiver request system

  • All requests for a waiver must be completed online by the registered student. Make sure you have all of the required information before beginning – data cannot be saved from session to session.
  • Have a copy of your health insurance ID card and details about your current health insurance plan available for your reference, prior to beginning the waiver request.

How often do I need to request a waiver?

Waivers must be submitted annually in the fall semester by the end of the third week of classes; new students admitted for spring admission may submit up until the third week of classes in January. Check the fees and deadlines page for current details.


If you have any questions or need additional information, please call the Student Health Insurance Office at 213-740-9355 (WELL).

Please note: The Student Health Insurance Plan office may contact you to verify proof of coverage. If your external insurance coverage ends involuntarily—even in the middle of the semester—you may be eligible to purchase coverage through the USC Student Health Insurance Plan. Contact the Student Health Insurance Office within 30 days of losing your coverage to find out if you are eligible to enroll.