Insurance After Graduation

Whether you are graduating or leaving the University for a period of time, it is important to think about your insurance options. 

Here are some options that might be available:

  • If under the age of 26, one may be able to stay under their parent or guardian's insurance plan as a dependent. 
  • Covered California or State-Exchange Plan.
  • Medical or Medicaid.
  • Purchase a private insurance plan
  • Enroll in one's employer-based insurance plan.

The ending of SHIP is considered a qualifying event that opens a 60 day special enrollment period for you to enroll in other insurance plans. To learn more about your options on Covered California and Medi-Cal or to find an insurance navigator to assist you with Covered California, please visit the Covered California site. Please note, this is an external website. Other states have a website for their exchange plans as well. We would suggest reaching out to your county, parish, or city hall for assistance.  Please also see Medi-cal and Covered California Frequently Asked Questions.

If you also have benefits through UC Core, please see this website for more details: https://hr.berkeley.edu/compensation-benefits/benefits/plans 


The SHIP Office is available to help you understand and navigate your insurance options after graduation.  Contact us at:

Phone: (510) 642-5700 
Email: ship@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail)

Send a secure message 
through the eTang patient portal