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Friday, June 15th, 2012 - Issue #9
Envisage International Newsletter

Welcome to the 9th issue of the Envisage International Newsletter. It is hard to believe NAFSA has come and gone and the Summer Solstice is less than a week away. It was great to see many of you in Houston at NAFSA 2012 and we especially want to thank our current partners and those that we will be working with in the near future. Thank you for stopping by, saying hello and taking a look at our new offerings.

In this issue, we will reflect on our NAFSA highlights (no, we do not mean the Brazil party), welcome HTIR’s new partner on board, discuss what is happening in our insurance and loan businesses and finally, update you on what upcoming conferences you can visit with us in person.

Happy Summer!
Envisage International Corporation

NAFSA Highlight
Highlights from NAFSA 2012!

It was a pleasure seeing everyone that stopped by our Envisage International booth and International Student Insurance booth this year! We enjoyed seeing our current partners and forging new relationships.

We will have more highlights from our online marketing, recruiting and lead generation business in next months issue as well as from International Student Loan. In the meantime, we would also like to thank the 30 plus educators from colleges and universities that we had appointments with, as well as the scores of others that came by to see us at our Envisage International booth.

From International Student Insurance, the main highlight from the 2012 conference was the announcement of our partnership with Sallie Mae Insurance Services to offer our premier international student health insurance plan, the Student Secure. The Student Secure offers international students comprehensive coverage during their time abroad, at an affordable rate, and Sallie Mae have recognized this and included it in their product offering.

“Study abroad should be a time for students to gain the global educational experiences of a lifetime,” said Charlie Rocha, senior vice president, Sallie Mae. “Through this partnership, Sallie Mae offers students and their parents peace of mind to confidently pursue an international program.”

For more information about this partnership, please see the NAFSA press release.

International Student Insurance
The Effects of PPACA on Your Student Coverage

The upcoming school year is just around the corner and many colleges and universities are currently reviewing their international student health plan options. You may have noticed that most student group health plans are experiencing increased renewal rates this year. While it’s common for renewal rates to increase slightly each year based on market trends, medical inflation and loss history, most of the rate increases groups are seeing this year are a direct impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as PPACA.

In March of this year, the final regulations for student group health insurance coverage were issued, with an effective date of July 1st 2012. As we outlined in our April issue of the Envisage Newsletter, the new regulations are bringing in a tiered structure of changes that all student group plans will have to comply with over the next 3 years. The end result for most plans are increased premiums.

As school groups look to get a handle on these changes and premium increases, many are turning to individual insurance plans as an alternative. They are an excellent choice, offering both comprehensive and affordable coverage for students and most individual plans are exempt from PPACA regulations.

The Student Secure plan is one such option, offering coverage for international students studying in the USA, providing coverage for hospitalization, doctors visits, mental health, maternity, pre-existing condition coverage and much more. Special school landing pages can also be created to help students select the right plan for them.

Please contact Annemarie Keller for more information about these plan options and how they can save your students money, whilst still providing solid coverage.

Partner Spotlight

HTIR recenly announced the addition of The University of Advancing Technology (UAT) in Tempe, Arizona to their CPT Work-Study programs. UAT is a technology focused university with a variety of MS programs, including:

  • Master of Science in Advancing Computer Science
  • Master of Science in Emerging Technologies
  • Master of Science in Game Production and Management
  • Master of Science in Information Assurance
  • Master of Science in Technology Leadership

We will now be promoting UAT and HTIR’s work-study program on InternationalStudent.com along with their other partner schools, Sullivan University, Coleman University and Lincoln University. We are excited to add UAT to our site and look forward to the new successful program. Congratulations Fred, Nancy and the entire HTIR team!

For more information about HTIR’s work-study programs, contact Wini Puglielli.

International Financial Aid

International Student Loan is excited to report a successful NAFSA conference. With our loan comparison tool launched this year, we've received a lot of positive feedback - and at this year’s NAFSA conference we began working with select partners who are interested in incorporating this financial aid tool on their site.

It couldn't come at a better time as schools and students evaluate the financial aid options for students planning to study overseas during the upcoming semester. The loan comparison tool allows students to simply enter their citizenship and school to be matched with US lenders. Students can apply for a loan that covers the total cost of school including their tuition, transportation, books, living expenses, and much more.

If you are interested in partnering with us, you can contact Jennifer Frankel directly for more information about our loan tool and how we can work together to provide financial solutions to your students.

Upcoming Events

Here are some of the conferences we will be attending over the next couple of months:

  • LeadsCon East - New York, NY July 24th - 25th 2012
  • WYSTC - San Diego, CA 18th - 21st September 2012
  • NACAC - Denver, Colorado October 4th - 6th, 2012 booth #242
  • Stay tuned for our NAFSA regional conference schedule!

Contact us and schedule an appointment if you are attending any of these events! We would love to see you!

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