Waiving SHIP

Waiving SHIP

All registered undergraduate and graduate UC Berkeley students, including registered international students, are automatically enrolled in the Berkeley Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) to meet the University of California’s health insurance mandate set by the UC Regents. If you have comparable health insurance that meets the SHIP waiver criteria and do not wish to have dual coverage, you can submit an online waiver application to waive your enrollment in SHIP. The waiver must be filled out annually during the waiver period (July deadline for the entire upcoming academic year, January deadline for the spring semester).

Waiver Period 

  • The Fall 2024 waiver period is from May 1, 2024 to July 15, 2024. Waivers must be received by July 15, 2024 to avoid a late fee of $75.
  • All waivers received between July 162024 and August 15, 2024 are subject to a late fee of $75.
  • No waiver applications will be accepted after the final August 15, 2024 deadline.
  • Note: A new waiver application must be submitted for each Fall semester; approved waivers from previous semesters do not roll over. 
  • Note for Summer 2024 special program graduate students: If you have an approved Summer 2024 waiver, you are automatically waived for the Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 semesters and do not need to apply for a Fall 2024 waiver. (Please report any insurance changes to the SHIP Office.)

Waiver Application

Summer Special Programs include:

1. Master of Financial Engineering - incoming March class only
2. Master of Laws (Executive Track LLM)
3. Incoming students in the following programs: 
   -Master of Public Affairs
   -Master of Arts in Teaching (BTEP & PLI)
   -Master of Real Estate Development + Design
   -Master of Urban Design
   -11-month Master of Public Health
   -Master of Biotechnology
   -Master of Computational Social Science 

Waiver Criteria & Forms

Spring 2024

Waiver Period is Closed

The Spring 2024 waiver period was December 1, 2023 to January 1, 2024. Waivers must be received by January 1, 2024 to avoid a late fee of $75. 

All waivers received between January 2, 2024 and January 15, 2024 are subject to a late fee of $75. 

Absolutely no waiver applications are accepted after the final January 15, 2024 deadline.