Student Health Insurance Programs (SHIP)

In fall 2010, the University of California implemented a systemwide health insurance plan including medical, dental and vision coverage for graduate students and their dependents. The plan achieves operational efficiency and savings across the system by consolidating administration at UCOP. The medical plan is self-funded, resulting in additional cost savings by removing carrier retention and broker fees from the premiums. All students enrolled in the systemwide plan now share a standard benefit structure for each line of coverage. In fall 2011, UC will implement the second phase of this work for undergraduate students and graduate students on all campuses, consolidating all plans to a systemwide UC SHIP.

UC SHIP provides a comprehensive health plan to students through robust services offered at the Student Health and Counseling Centers, augmented by access to an extensive nationwide network of providers, which are important components of the University of California’s broader efforts to enhance student support, improve competitiveness in recruiting students and increase retention and degree completion rates of our talented student body.