BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The state Board of Regents has approved a one-year change in the enrollment rules for part-time university system students so they can purchase health insurance while still working toward Montana residency status.

The change, which took effect Tuesday, could affect about 250 students who planned to take six or fewer credits each semester while living and working in Montana to establish residency and qualify for in-state tuition.

The university system insurance plan lost money last year, so it raised premiums and increased to seven the minimum number of credits a student had to take to qualify.

The Associated Press reports  the insurance policy could not be changed, so the regents voted 6-0 Tuesday to allow students seeking Montana residency to enroll in seven credits each semester during the 2012-13 school year.

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