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An important part of your pre-matriculation process at American University includes meeting government-mandated requirements prioritizing public health at universities in the District of Columbia.

All resident, full-time students under 26 years of age are required to provide proof of health insurance and immunization records in order to participate in American University programs.

Health insurance is mandatory for all resident, full time degree, and/or international students enrolled at American University.

Once you have read through the following instructions, please submit your health insurance waiver if you do not wish to participate in American University's health insurance plan. All students must submit the immunization report directly to the American University Student Heath Center. This file requires Adobe Acrobat.

For the spring 2017 semester:

The Health Insurance Waiver will be available in November 2016 and must be submitted no later than February 3, 2017.

Immunization information should be submitted by December 21, 2016.

If you have any questions regarding student health insurance benefits, you can contact UnitedHealthcare StudentResources at 1-800-767-0700.

How do I waive my student health insurance if I already have other comparable coverage?

If you are in a required category (full-time AU student, living in AU housing, or an international student with F-1 or J-1 visa) you can waive your student health insurance.

You will need to:

  1. Enter your 7-digit AU student ID number and your date of birth to enter the site;

  2. Answer questions regarding your current health insurance coverage and also provide the name, phone number, policy number, and the name of the policy holder for your current health insurance coverage; when you complete the process, you'll see whether your waiver was accepted or denied.

What happens if I tried to enter my AU ID and Date of Birth but was unable to log in to the waiver system?

If you are unable to enter the waiver system, you can check your account activity under Eagle Finances in your myAU Portal to ensure that you have been assessed the student health insurance charge. If you have recently been assessed the health insurance charge, you may need to wait up to 48 hours to submit your health insurance waiver.

I was billed for student health insurance, and I want to be enrolled. Do I need to do anything?

Yes. If you have been assessed the premium for the student health insurance plan and want to accept the coverage, you can go to Student Health Center and click on the link that says "Enrollment Form." By completing this enrollment form, your coverage will become active on the first day of the student health insurance policy, in January 2017, and you will not receive any additional weekly waiver reminder emails. If you do not complete this enrollment form and do not submit a waiver, your coverage will not become effective until the waiver database closes on February 17, 2017, and the charge will remain on your student account. You will not be able to print out an insurance card or access pharmacy benefits until January 2017.


All students, under age 26 (except for students who meet statutory requirements for exemption based upon religious or medical reason) must provide proof of the following immunizations prior to registration.

Students from overseas should note that all required vaccinations will need to be up-to-date before enrolling in American University, even if the stated vaccinations are not required in your home country.

Required Vaccinations

1. One Tetanus and Diphtheria booster given within the past ten years. (Tdap is recommended.)

2. Two vaccinations against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), given after age one and at least 30 days apart.

3. Two vaccinations against Varicella (Chickenpox) given at least 30 days apart, or a history of Chickenpox verified by titer results. DC requires two doses of the Varicella vaccine regardless of the age the student was first vaccinated.

4. Three vaccinations against Hepatitis B, dose 2 given thirty days after dose 1, dose 3 given four months after dose 2.

5. Any first year student living in university sponsored housing must be immunized against Meningitis or sign a waiver stating they have read and understand the risks of the disease and do not wish to be immunized.

6. Any student under the age of 18 must show proof of being vaccinated against Polio.

7. If you have received immunizations that do not fall into the immunization schedule above (for instance receiving an immunization a week early or a month late) you will need to provide proof results showing immunity.

Religious Exemptions

Religious exemption is allowed if the responsible person objects in good faith and in writing that the immunizations violate his/her religious or ethical beliefs. Medical exemption is allowed if a physician or health care provider deems an immunization medically inadvisable. Students who wish to be exempt due to religious or medical reasons must submit this form as well as a letter from a medical provider or religious clergy which states the need for exemption.


Spring semester submissions must be received by December 21, 2017

Please first obtain any needed immunizations.

Then download, print and complete the form below with your medical provider. Remember to keep a copy for your records! Mail the original document directly to the Student Health Center at the following address:

American University

Student Health Center

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

McCabe Hall

Washington, DC 20016-8036

Mandatory Immunization Form

The Mandatory Immunization Form below is the only form that will be accepted as proof of vaccination and must be submitted directly to the Student Health Center. Incomplete information or invalid dates on this form will prevent you from being allowed to attend classes. Download, Print and Return this completed form to the Student Health Center directly:

Mandatory AU Immunization Form

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Health Center at (001) 202-885-3380 -or- email for immunization-related questions -or- email for health insurance-related questions.

The AU Health Center is located on the first floor of McCabe Hall on the main campus. Details about Health Center services can be found on their website.