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Insurance Requirements

Health insurance is required of all students enrolled in seven or more La Mirada campus units. All students that qualify under this requirement are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan and charged all applicable fees. Students that are enrolled in an acceptable private health insurance plan can submit their insurance information to Biola University in order to apply for waiver of the Student Health Insurance Plan. Students that desire to apply for waiver must do so at the time of enrollment.

For students that waive coverage, Biola University reserves the right to audit the coverage parameters of any health plan at any time, and to revoke any prior waiver if it is determined that the required conditions are not satisfied. Unless alternative acceptable coverage is submitted, Biola University reserves the right to enroll students in the Student Health Insurance Plan should coverage submitted under a waiver lapse during the course of an academic year.

Insurance Waiver: Guidelines for Acceptable Coverage

Students that apply for a Student Health Insurance Waiver must be covered under a private health insurance plan that meets the following standards for acceptable coverage:

  1. Compliant with ACA (Affordable Care Act)
  2. Beginning with the 2014–2015 school year, unlimited coverage maximum benefit per person, per policy year
  3. Maximum out of pocket for individuals: $6,350 Maximum out of pocket for families: $12,700
  4. Coverage for the following essential health benefits:
    • Ambulatory Patient Services
    • Emergency Services
    • Hospitalization
    • Illness and Injury Services
    • Laboratory and X-Ray Services
    • Maternity and Newborn Care
    • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, including behavioral health treatment
    • Prescription Drugs
    • Rehabilitative and Habilitative Services and Devices
    • Preventative and Wellness Services, and Chronic Disease Management
    • Pediatric Services, including oral and vision care

All HMO, federal, and state sponsored plans must provide coverage in the Southern California area while students are enrolled for classes.

Students are encouraged to compare deductibles, total out-of-pocket costs, and premiums before submitting an application for waiver. Ensuring that provisions have been made to cover these costs is considered the responsibility of the student.

2018–19 Student Health Insurance Information


Fall (8/1/18–12/31/18) Spring/Summer (1/1/19–7/31/19)
Student $1,070.00 $1,070.00
Spouse $1,070.00 $1,070.00
Each child $1,070.00 $1,070.00

Disclaimer: The rates have not been approved by the California Department of Insurance (CDI), and are subject to change based on CDI review.

For more information, please visit Gallagher Student Health's website.

2017–18 Student Health Insurance Information


Fall (8/1/17–12/31/17) Spring/Summer (1/1/18–7/31/18)
Student $1,107.00 $1,107.00
Spouse $1,107.00 $1,107.00
Each child $1,107.00 $1,107.00

For more information, please visit Gallagher Student Health's website.

Insurance FAQs

How do I know if I need the student health insurance?

Biola requires that you have a health insurance plan. You can choose to have your own insurance or you can sign up for student insurance when you register. Review the insurance brochure mailed to you or review the insurance information (below). If you decide to use your own insurance you will be asked to provide basic information when you complete registration. Please be prepared to supply insurance information when you enroll for classes.

What if I was charged for school insurance?

Your initial student account statement will show a student insurance charge. This is only an estimate of charges and will not be charged to your account if you provide proof of your own health insurance.

What is covered under the Student Health Insurance Plan?

The plan offers comprehensive benefits that include hospital room and board, inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures, labs and x-rays, chemotherapy and radiation, inpatient and outpatient mental health services, physician office visits, consultant visits, ambulance, emergency care and prescription drugs.

Preventive Care Services are available to cover routine physicals and examinations, routine screenings, routine GYN examinations, and most immunizations with no cost-sharing for a student when services are received by In-Network Providers.

Services provided by a participating In-Network provider are generally covered at 80%, while services provided by an Out-of-Network Provider are generally covered at 60%.

For a complete description of the benefits available, limitations, and exclusions of the Student Health Insurance Plan, visit Biola's Gallagher Student site or call Gallagher Student Health at (800) 395-0959.

View all Gallagher brochures or download the full student health brochure more information: 2018–19 Information for Student Health Insurance (PDF opens in new tab)