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Eligibility and Enrollment

Who’s Eligible for UC SHIP
Enrolling Eligible Dependents
Enrolling as a Non-Registered Student
Enrolling After a Qualifying Life Event
Cost of Coverage
If You Have Questions About Your Eligibility
Enrollment Forms
Cancelling UC SHIP Coverage

Who’s Eligible for UC SHIP

Registered students
As mandated by the UC Regents, the university requires all students to have major medical insurance and provides the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) to meet this requirement.

All registered domestic, international and in-absentia students are automatically enrolled in UC SHIP which includes medical, pharmacy, dental and vision coverage. You can find your UC SHIP ID cards on the free StudentHealth app. Dwonload the app for Android devices from Google Play or for iOS devices from iTunes.

Students who provide proof that they have other health coverage that meets the University’s requirements may apply to waive enrollment in UC SHIP. 

Dependents
UC SHIP offers students valuable coverage options for eligible dependents. If you are covered under UC SHIP, you can enroll eligible dependents in the same medical, pharmacy, dental and vision coverage you are enrolled in within 30 days of the beginning of each period of coverage.

Eligible dependents of an enrolled UC SHIP student include:
  • Legally married spouse
  • Same or opposite sex domestic partner
  • Child(ren) under the age of 26; child(ren) includes:
    • Biological child(ren)
    • Stepchild(ren) (A stepchild becomes a dependent on the date the student marries the child's parent.)
    • Child(ren) of the insured student's domestic partner
    • Adopted child(ren) from the date of placement as certified by the agency making the placement (includes a child placed with the student for the purpose of adoption)
    • Foster child(ren) under the age of 18 (A foster child becomes a dependent from the moment of placement with the student, as certified by the agency making the placement.)
    • Child(ren) for whom the insured student is legally required to provide health insurance in accordance with an administrative or court order, provided that the child otherwise meets UC SHIP eligibility requirements.

NOTE: If both student parents are covered under UC SHIP, their children may be covered as the dependents of either student, but not both.

Newborns
Newborns of enrolled UC SHIP members (students, eligible spouse, or domestic partner) are covered for the first 31 days after birth, provided Anthem is notified within this time period. For coverage beyond the first 31 days after birth, the newborn must be enrolled in UC SHIP as a dependent within 31 days of birth.

Enrolling Eligible Dependents
  • Eligible dependents must be enrolled within 30 days of the beginning of each period of coverage.
  • Students must provide proof of their dependents’ eligibility, in English, when enrolling their dependents in UC SHIP.
  • Download and complete application forms below for your UC campus and registered student status.
  • Call USI Insurance Services National Customer Service at (800) 853-5899.
  • You must follow this process each academic term you are enrolled to keep your eligible dependent(s) covered by UC SHIP.

Enrolling as a Non-Registered Student
Non-registered UC students can voluntarily enroll in UC SHIP coverage if they:

  • Go on the Planned Educational Leave Program (PELP)*
  • Are a non-registered Filing Fee status student
  • Graduate **

*Note: Only applies for students at the UC Davis, UC Los Angeles, UC Merced, UC Riverside and UC Santa Cruz campuses.
**UC Santa Barbara graduates are not eligible to purchase coverage through UC SHIP.

The voluntary enrollment period begins 30 days prior to the start date of each period of coverage and continues for 30 days after the start date of the coverage period.

For example, if the winter coverage period is effective on January 1, then enrollment for the winter term will start on December 2, and end on January 31. No voluntary enrollments will be accepted outside of each enrollment period.

How to enroll voluntarily

You must have been covered by UC SHIP in the term immediately preceding the term for which you want to purchase coverage or, if you waived enrollment in the prior coverage period, show proof of loss of the plan that you waived. Proof of loss means an official letter of termination from the insurance carrier.

If you go on the Planned Educational Leave Program (PELP)*
Depending on your academic calendar (quarter or semester schedule), students who go on PELP may purchase UC SHIP coverage on a voluntary basis for one semester or up to two quarters by submitting the appropriate enrollment form. Eligibility is contingent on prior semester or quarter UC SHIP term enrollment. Contact USI Insurance Services National Customer Service at (800) 853-5899.

*Note: Only applies for students at the UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Los Angeles, UC Riverside and UC Santa Cruz campuses.

If you have non-registered Filing Fee status
All non-registered Filing Fee status students who are completing work under the auspices of the University of California, but are not attending classes, may purchase UC SHIP coverage on a voluntary basis for a maximum of one quarter (one term for students at a UC Hastings, US Los Angeles, or UC Merced campus.) Contact USI Insurance Services National Customer Service at (800) 853-5899.

When you graduate
If you are graduating, your coverage continues through the day before the next academic term begins. However, if you graduate during spring term, your coverage continues through the summer up to the start of fall term.

It is important to plan ahead for continuing health coverage. Graduating students may purchase UC SHIP for one additional term after coverage ends if they were enrolled in the plan during their final academic term.* You must call USI Insurance Services National Customer Service at (800) 853-5899 before the additional term begins to purchase coverage for that time period.

Once your UC SHIP coverage is terminated, you have other coverage choices. Before graduation, review your options, and contact the SHC for help determining which of these options will best fit your needs.

*UC Santa Barbara graduates are not eligible to purchase coverage for an additional term.

Enrolling After a Qualifying Life Event
Students and/or eligible dependents may enroll in UC SHIP during the coverage period if they experience one of the following Qualifying Life Events:

  • Involuntary loss of other health insurance coverage
  • Turn 26 and lose coverage as a dependent on a parent's plan
  • Marriage or divorce
  • Birth or adoption of a child
  • Declaration or termination of a Domestic Partnership

Students who have a Qualifying Life Event during the coverage period must notify the insurance office on their campus within 31 days of the loss of their coverage. The student must provide an official written letter of termination from the previous health insurance carrier. The student will be enrolled in UC SHIP as of the date of their involuntary loss of other coverage if notification is received within 31 days of the loss of their coverage. If notification is not received within that 31-day period, coverage will be effective on the date on which the student pays the full UC SHIP premium.

Non-registered students and eligible dependents may enroll in UC SHIP after a Qualifying Life Event by contacting USI Insurance Services National Customer Service at (800) 853-5899 and providing proof of the Qualifying Life Event.

NOTE: Premiums are not pro-rated for any enrollment occurring after the start of a coverage period, except those for newborns added as a dependent.

Cost of Coverage

Please visit your campus’s student health center (SHC) website to view the cost of UC SHIP coverage. 

If You Have Questions About Your Eligibility

If you have a question regarding your eligibility for UC SHIP, please contact your SHC for assistance.

Enrollment Forms

Campus Enrollment Forms
Davis Undergraduate students
Graduate students on Quarters
Law and Vet students on Semesters
Hastings Graduate students
Dependents of Graduate students
Irvine

Undergraduate students
Graduate students
Medical students
Law Students
Graduate students: Summer

UCLA Undergraduate students
Graduate students
Law students
MBA students
Medical students
Dependents of Undergraduate students
Dependents of Graduate students
Dependents of Law students
Depedents of MBA students
Dependents of Med students
Merced Undergraduate students
Graduate students
Dependents of Undergraduate students
Dependents of Graduate students
Riverside Undergraduate students
Graduate students
Med students
Dependents of Undergraduate students
Dependents of Graduate students
Dependents of Med students
San Diego Undergraduate students
Graduate students
Dependents of Undergraduate students
Dependents of Graduate students
San Francisco Graduate and Professional students
Scholars and Researchers
Dependents of Graduate students
Dependents of Professional students
Santa Barbara Undergraduate students & dependents
Graduate students & dependents
Dependents of undergraduate students
Dependents of graduate students
Santa Cruz Undergraduate students
Graduate students

Cancelling UC SHIP Coverage

UC students must have medical insurance, which is why UC SHIP automatically covers all registered undergraduate and graduate students, including domestic and international students, and students in-absentia.

If you’re already enrolled in a health plan that meets the University health coverage requirements, you may apply to waive enrollment in UC SHIP. For more information about waiving coverage, visit the Waivers page.