ORLANDO (CBS Tampa) – The University of Central Florida is considering a plan to require health insurance for all new students.

Director of Health Services Dr. Michael Deichen tells WESH-TV that one in five currently enrolled students does not have health insurance.

He estimates it would cost each student about $1,400 per year. Since the cost would be included in enrollment fees, students could use financial aid to pay for it.

Reaction among the student body is mixed. One student tells the station it’s a good idea while another is concerned about the cost.

Student government leaders proposed the requirement and a school board committee will discuss it.

A full school board decision would have to wait until May.

If approved, the proposal would be in effect for new students starting in Fall 2015.

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