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Financial Resources for Undocumented Students

Health Opportunity Fund (HOF) for Dream Aid Recipients

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In the 2019-20 school year, HOF offered $130 for any services at the Tang Center to help offset costs, including Pharmacy prescription and over-the-counter items (excluding Optometry) for all Pell Grant and Dream Aid recipients. HOF has ended for the 2019-20 school year. Look on our HOF page for updates for Fall 2020.

You only need to announce yourself as a Health Opportunity Funds recipient, not that you are a Dream Aid recipient. Because of system limitations, it’s important to remember to notify the front desk of the service being provided (Lab, Pharmacy, Student Health Insurance Program office) that you are using Health Opportunity Funds before the transaction is completed. 

We know health insurance can be confusing, and our staff is here to answer any question: give us a call at (510) 642-5700 or ship@berkeley.edu (link sends e-mail). Visit SHIP to learn about benefits (medical, counseling, pharmacy, vision and dental), definitions of healthcare terms, insurance for spouses and/or children, and how to use your insurance plan. All students and dependents, regardless of immigration status, may purchase SHIP. The SHIP Nurseline telephone nurse advice service is available to all members by phone during all hours, every day at (800) 681-4065. SHIP members also receive On Call International worldwide medical and travel assistance.

Grants that cover SHIP

Dependent students with specific types of grants or scholarships, like Freshman Scholarship, Transfer Scholarship, Berkeley Scholarship, Fiat Lux, or Undergraduate Grant will likely receive additional grant or scholarship funding to assist with the SHIP expense.

Dependent students awarded only loan and/or work-study will likely receive additional loan and/or work to cover the cost of SHIP, if eligible.

For more information on your unique award package, see a Financial Aid advisor

Sample Fees

The cost of health care can be confusing. View our sample fees list to learn more about the costs of services at the Tang Center, and how much your SHIP benefits pay if you are enrolled in the student plan and how to pay for services. Remember that Dream Aid recipients are eligible for the Health Opportunity Fund (HOF) to offset costs at the Tang Center.

Food Assistance

If you lack access to food in the short-term, applying to the food assistance program may be an option for you. Through the support of an additional funding source, we encourage all students who are experiencing food insecurity to review and apply (link is external) for the Food Assistance Program, regardless of CalFresh eligibility.

For more resources regarding food security see: