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.
Executive MBA students will have a different initial SHIP Waiver submission deadline due to the unique start date of the program.
- New/Entering students: as soon as possible after submitting your SIR and deposit. Contact the program office for further guidance. You will likely email firstname.lastname@example.org for a manual waiver process. Please indicate that your are a newly admitted Executive MBA student beginning summer 2014.
- Continuing students: by July 15th each academic year.
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.
For more information, please call the Student Health Insurance Office at (510) 642-5700 or email your questions to (email@example.com).