Strongly Advised Additional Coverage for Students with APPROVED Waivers

GAP coverage ensures that students with APPROVED waivers have access to in-house medical care at Student Health while attending UCSB. If the health insurance plan for an APPROVED waiver 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 advise students to enroll in GAP. 

GAP is not an insurance policy nor does it intend to act as an insurance product. The APPROVED insurance plan that the student used to waive UC SHIP would remain the student's primary/sole insurance.

Services offered in GAP coverage are subject to change.

Cost: $485 per Academic Year 

GAP is billed quarterly to your BARC account: $160 (Fall/Winter) | $165 (Spring/Summer)

Note: There is no prorated monthly rate. GAP enrollment deadline Fall Quarter Oct. 1, 2022

GAP enrollment:  OPEN  (Fall Quarter)

(If you enroll mid-term you must pay full price for the entire term AND the effective date for GAP will be the date the request was received by the UCSB Insurance Team.) 

Price Comparison: Sheet

Paying out of pocket for three office visits at Student Health will cost MORE than the price of GAP for the one quarter. 

Office Visit Waived without GAP* Waived with GAP**
Primary Care $75 No Charge*
Immediate Care $75 No Charge*
Clinical Nurse No Charge No Charge*


GAP Enrollment is ONLY for registered students with approved waivers.

If you did not opt-in for GAP at the time you submitted your waiver, and decide you do want to enroll in GAP once you have received your Waiver approval

You must email us at:    before the Oct. 1st deadline to enroll you on time

Highly RECOMMENDED for waived students with insurance plans exclusive to any county outside of Santa Barbara (see below)

NOT AVAILABLE for students:

  • on approved leave of absence
  • graduated
  • cancelled
  • withdrawn
  • non-students


  • In-house (or SHS telehealth) primary care visits for illness or injury
  • Specialty visits in-house (or SHS telehealth):
    • Dietitian
    • Gynecologist
    • Psychiatrist
    • Annual preventive physical exam (excludes club sports, employment, and EAP travel)
  • In-house laboratory tests for illness or injury, for example:
    • Strep & mono tests, blood count, urinalysis, urine culture, pregnancy tests, influenza tests, vaginitis testing
  • In-house X-ray exams for illness or injury
  • Clinical Nurse, Social Work, Alcohol & Drug Program Counselors


  • ADHD Testing
  • Contraceptive implants or IUD insertions & removals
  • EAP medical clearances
  • Specialized pre-employment exams
  • Online sports physical clearances
  • Physical Therapy visits
  • Dental Care Center
  • Laboratory tests sent off-campus (e.g., STI testing, Pap tests)
  • Medications, supplies, and immunizations
  • Medical equipment such as crutches, braces, splints, & casts
  • Prescriptions and over-the-counter medications
  • Special or elective surgical procedures
  • LiveHealth Online

Off-campus care of any kind is excluded.