It depends on your school. Many colleges require you to have health insurance. More than half of colleges offer a Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Many students purchase these plans, but there are other alternatives that may be available like:
- Staying on your parent’s coverage,
- Getting your own coverage (through an employer, or on the new Health Insurance Marketplace), or
- Public programs like Medicaid.
Four-year schools are more likely to offer SHIPs than two-year schools. If you’re going to a community college, you may have to look outside of school for coverage.