In the last four years more and more public universities are mandating that their students have health insurance before attending their first course at that particular university. Although this is becoming a growing trend for public colleges and universities, most still don't require it, although all private universities do require it. Any where from ten to thirty percent of college student don't have health insurance, but a lot of students are covered under their parent's health care plans. This is beginning to become a growing trend because what often happens when an uninsured students comes into a situation where they need medical help the cost is overwhelming, some as large as 100,000 dollars and the student drops out, leaving the school their former students bill. Some students are under the impression that that they can take care of all there medical needs at the school's clinic, which is often free but it is very limited.
The cost of this health insurance varies from school to school at UCLA students $558 for a full year, but at the University of Toledo students paid $1,211 for a year, both of these universities require insurance. Still most universities are staying away from the required insurance fearing the extra cost might sway students to other colleges. This relates to teaching diverse population because a lot of minorities are struggling to get through college anyway because of cost. Some take out huge loans and others work full time while also attending college full time just to get by and adding more expenses may just push some students over the top, where they would have to drop out of school.