As approved by a vote of UC Berkeley students, and ratified by the UC Regents, it is an enrollment policy that all students must be covered by major medical health insurance while attending UC Berkeley. All students are automatically enrolled in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) and charged a health insurance premium (SHIP fee) as part of their registration fees.
SHIP can be waived by submitting the health insurance waiver form online with proof of a comparable health insurance policy. The waiver must be completed each academic year at University Health Services. Please note that student health insurance does not include spouse or dependents; that coverage must be purchased separately. In order to waive SHIP, you must be enrolled in a private medical health insurance plan that meets ALL of the waiver requirements detailed on the University Health Services (UHS) website.
SHIP Waiver submission deadlines from the university:
- New/Entering students August 31st
- Continuing students by July 15th
To complete the form, you will need an active CalNet ID and details about your health insurance plan, including the company name and phone number, group number, the student's policy identification number, the policy holder's relationship to the student, and the summary of benefits. UHS provides a waiver worksheet (PDF) to gather this information in advance of using the online waiver tool. You will receive a confirmation number upon completion of the form. Print that page for your records.
SPRING 2013 WAIVER INFORMATION
Waivers must be submitted each academic year. Students who did not waive in Fall 2012 and wish to waive for Spring 2013 may do so beginning December 1, 2012. Your waiver must be received by January 9, 2013 to avoid a late waiver fee of $50. All waivers received between January 10 and February 5, 2013 will be subject to a late fee of $50. No waivers will be accepted after February 5, 2013.
For more information, please call the Student Health Insurance Office at (510) 642-5700 or email your questions to (firstname.lastname@example.org).