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UC SHIP Insurance Overview


Insurance Requirement

All registered students at the University of California are required to meet the university’s health insurance mandate. Registered UC Santa Barbara undergraduate and graduate students are automatically enrolled in the UCSB Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) as a way to meet this mandate. If you have comparable insurance and you do not want to keep UC SHIP as dual coverage, you must submit a request to waive enrollment by the specified deadline


What is the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP)

UC SHIP is a comprehensive insurance plan which includes Medical, Vision, Dental, and Pharmacy coverage. UC SHIP is an affordable health insurance plan tailored to the health care needs of UCSB students. The medical plan features year-round, worldwide coverage using the Anthem Blue Cross network, and includes prepaid access to care at the UCSB Student Health Center for illness or injury.

How to Use the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP)

All registered UCSB students have access to in-clinic services provided by Student Health Services (except those who are defined as 'Student Employees' by the Registrar's Office). Only students enrolled in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) have financial coverage for medical, mental health, dental, vision, prescription and travel insurance benefits provided by the full plan.

*PLEASE NOTE* Student Health does not bill directly to any outside insurance policy carriers, so a waived student will be charged individual fees to their BARC billing account for visits and services received at Student Health.

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UC SHIP Insurance Grant

Depending on your financial need, you may be eligible to have your UC SHIP premium fully or partially covered by a UC Health Insurance Grant from the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. Please note that your financial aid award will change if you waive out of UC SHIP.  

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