All students enrolled in F-1 or J-1 status are required by TAMU System policy
to maintain health insurance at all times while maintaining status. This obligation is enforced through a fee at the beginning of each semester. J-1 students also have an obligation to maintain dependent coverage. Students who are not in F-1 or J-1 status do not have an obligation to have health insurance.
J-1 scholars and student interns also have a requirement to have health insurance for themselves and their J-2 dependents. If the insurance is not provided through TAMU, you can get insurance separately through other providers.