Each year all students are enrolled in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) automatically. If you are currently insured with a qualifying health plan and do not wish to keep UC SHIP as secondary coverage, you may submit a waiver request. Before you submit a waiver request please be sure your insurance plan meets the Waiver Criteria established by the University of California. The distance requirement is 175 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 are located far from campus. For questions and inquiries, please email Academic Health Plans (AHP) at ucship@ahpservice.com. AHP is a partner of UCSB Student Health and UC SHIP.

If a waived student’s health insurance plan has a provider network limited to a county outside of Santa Barbara (e.g. MediCal or other State plans which can only be used in their home county), we strongly recommend students sign up for the Gaucho Access Plan (GAP). GAP is a pre-paid access plan and ensures that waived students have access to most in-house services at UCSB Student Health.

To waive (opt-out) of UC SHIP coverage, the student must upload evidence of comparable health coverage into our secure waiver 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.



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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Important Notice:

A new waiver form MUST be submitted every academic year.


  • Approved waiver(s) will remain in effect for the remainder of the current academic year (unless the student withdraws or cancels their enrollment).
  • If you experience a loss of coverage and need to cancel your waiver, you must reach out to the insurance office at UCSB Student Health. 

Submit Insurance Waiver Form Online 

To check the status of your waiver, log into the Student Health "Patient Portal Gateway"

NOTE: It will take our system 3-5 business days to update your status AFTER you receive your APPROVED WAIVER email.




Waiver Period Open*

Waiver Period Closes*

$50 late fee will be assessed after

Fall 2021 05/10/2021 10/01/2021 09/01/21
Winter 2022 11/01/2021 01/10/2022 12/01/21
Spring 2022 02/01/2022 04/04/2022 03/01/22


For Waived Students

The UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) fee is removed from your BARC account within 5-10 business days of your waiver being approved. If your UC SHIP Health Fee is not removed from your BARC account after 10 business days please contact the Insurance Office. Thank you for your patience!

Please Note: The Insurance Office performs routine semi-annual verification of insurance plans for students who were granted a waiver from the mandatory UCSB student health insurance program. Many insurance plans change every January, and those students who fail the verification process will be notified in a series of emails and/or text communications asking for proof of current insurance coverage. If a student does not provide their updated proof of insurance coverage for verification, they will be charged the quarterly premium for enrollment in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) on their next billing statement (BARC) and the student will be enrolled in UC SHIP.

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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 by email at shswaivers@sa.ucsb.edu.