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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
- 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.
UC SHIP WAIVER PERIOD: FALL 2021| SPRING 2022
Waiver Period Open*
Waiver Period Closes*
$50 late fee will be assessed after