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Waiving/Unwaiving Health Insurance


*NOTE* THE FINAL DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A FALL WAIVER WAS 9/26/20. THE FALL WAIVER PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED.

The Winter 2021 waiver period will open on 11/1/20 (see deadlines below). To check your current waiver status, click on the "Gateway Patient Portal" link in the upper left column of this page.

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 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 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.

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 shswaivers@sa.ucsb.edu or Join the Line to speak with an Insurance Advisor.


PLEASE REMEMBER THAT AN APPROVED WAIVER 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 OR OTHERWISE NEED TO CANCEL YOUR WAIVER DURING THE CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR, YOU MUST REACH OUT TO THE INSURANCE OFFICE AT UCSB.

ANY APPROVED WAIVERS WILL EXPIRE AT THE END OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR, AND A NEW WAIVER REQUEST WILL NEED TO BE SUBMITTED FOR THE FOLLOWING SCHOOL YEAR. 

WAIVER SUBMISSION DATES:


Quarter       

Waiver Period Opens   

Initial Waiver Deadline  
(no fee)

Waiver Period Closes
(with $50 late fee)


FSSP


May 11, 2020

July 31, 2020

August 31, 2020 (if not used)

TEP


May 11, 2020

June 19, 2020

August 31, 2020 (if not used)

Fall


May 11, 2020

September 1, 2020

September 26, 2020

Winter
  

November 1, 2020

December 1, 2020

January 3, 2021

Spring


February 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

March 28, 2021



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.

For more information:

Email your questions to: shswaivers@sa.ucsb.edu or Join the Line to speak with an Insurance Advisor.