Health Insurance Requirements for International Students and CHS Students

An Important Message regarding Health Insurance Requirements for International Students and Students in the College of Health Sciences

Samford University is pleased to partner with Academic Health Plans (AHP) to offer student health insurance through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.  All undergraduate students enrolled for nine (9) or more credits and graduate students enrolled for six (6) or more credits are eligible to enroll in the health plan on a voluntary basis. All international students and College of Health Sciences students in the Schools of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Professions are required to either waive coverage by providing proof of comparable coverage or enroll in the student health insurance policy. Mandatory SHIP students who do not successfully opt out of the Samford/AHP policy before the waiver deadline will be automatically enrolled and billed $3,401.80 for annual coverage (8/21/24-8/20/25).  

We do not want anyone to incur unnecessary insurance fees. Mandatory students should be receiving instructional emails from AHP.  Tracy Hanrahan in the Office of Business Services can also assist if a student needs help with the waiver process (; 205-726-4578).  It is important to either waive or enroll in insurance coverage between July 1st and September 16th Voluntary enrollment for non-international or CHS students is available during the same time frame.  

Let us know if you have any questions about the process.  We’re on your side to help any way that we can!

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Samford One Stop

An Important Message from Samford One Stop

Hello new Bulldogs and Bulldog families. Welcome to the Samford family! We understand this is an exciting but also overwhelming time in the life of your student and family. You will be overloaded with information in the coming days and months. As a result, we want to give you a head start by providing you with some important financial information regarding your student’s account and aid. It’s a good idea to save this document for future reference. While some pieces of information may change from year to year, most will remain the same.

The following information will help you navigate the sometimes-complicated aspects of student accounts, financial aid, and all other matters related to the business of being a Samford student. 

Resource Guide

The Samford One Stop prepares the hearts and minds of Samford students to be fiscally responsible global citizens and is here to help you navigate all the related financial applications, options, systems, processes, etc. Our advisors will assist you with issues related to the distribution of your parking permit and Samford ID, student account, payments, including 529 payments, and payment plans, financial aid, Veteran’s benefits, other aid resources, refunds, tuition insurance, and more. We are located on the ground floor in Ingalls Hall, just below the Office of Admission.

Location: Ingalls Hall – Ground Floor
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 205-726-2905
Samford Portal:
Social Media: @SamfordOneStop

Interest-free Payment Plans

As an alternative to borrowing, Samford provides interest-free payment plan options for all eligible students enrolled in fall, spring and summer terms. If you do not enroll in a payment plan during the enrollment period, your fall term balance will be due in full on September 3. Enrollment for Fall 2024 Payment Plans opens July 15. Learn more about payment plans, student accounts, financial aid, and all other matters related to the business of being a Samford student in the One Stop Resource Guide.