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If you’re already enrolled in a health plan that meets the University health coverage requirements, you may apply to waive (opt-out) enrollment in UC SHIP. To qualify for a waiver, your coverage must meet the benefit criteria established by the University of California. The distance requirement is 50 miles from the student’s residence while in Santa Barbara.

Parents and students should seriously consider whether the health insurance you choose will serve the student’s needs at UCSB, especially if the student has no access to private transportation. Students have experienced serious difficulties obtaining healthcare when their primary providers and access to prescriptions are located far from campus.

To waive (opt-out) UC SHIP coverage, the student must upload evidence of health coverage into Student Health’s Gateway secure web portal AND receive confirmation that their waiver was accepted. Email confirmation that the waiver was approved will be sent to the student's UCSB email account. Click here for the Waiver Portal.

If you would like further information to help you decide if you should waive UC SHIP or stay enrolled, please contact the UCSB Student Health Insurance Office at (805) 893-2592, or by email to



Waiver Period Opens   

Initial Waiver Deadline  
(no fee)

Waiver Period Closes
(with $50 late fee)


April 22, 2019

August 2, 2019

September 1, 2019 (if not used)


April 22, 2019

June 21, 2019

July 5, 2019 (if not used)


April 22, 2019

September 1, 2019

September 21, 2019


November 1, 2019

December 1, 2019

January 5, 2020


February 5, 2020

March 1, 2020

March 29, 2020