Should I waive SHIP?

Welcome! Four Important Things to Know About Insurance at Berkeley

  1. All eligible UC Berkeley students are required to have medical insurance that meets the University's requirements.
  2. All students will be automatically enrolled in SHIP -- see the SHIP benefits
  3. If you have comparable insurance and don't want to keep SHIP as dual coverage, you may submit a waiver application.
  4. All students can use University Health Services (UHS), whether they have SHIP or not but UHS only accepts SHIP insurance.

Top 5 SHIP benefits for students:

  • Medical, mental health, pharmacy, dental and vision coverage
  • Coverage 365 days a year that goes with you when you travel
  • Conveniently located on campus, open 7 days a week with 24/7 phone assistance
  • Services are private and confidential
  • Expert providers understand UC Berkeley student health care needs

Top 5 SHIP benefits for parents/guardians: 

  • Affordable platinum plan at $1,984 per semester for undergraduates and $3,186 per semester for graduates
  • We help students navigate the health care system
  • No claims to file at UHS - we'll do it for you
  • On campus care open 7 days week with 24/7 phone assistance
  • Excellent stand alone or dual coverage option

Next steps - Choose an option below:

I'm keeping SHIP. Tell me more!

Congratulations and welcome to SHIP! You are automatically enrolled and don't need to take any additional actions. Below are some resources to help you make the most of your SHIP plan:

I'm not sure or I already know I'm waiving. What now?

START HERE for tools to help you make an informed decision about waiving SHIP and access the link for the online waiver. 

Financial aid recipients should check out this FAQ page to understand if their aid incorporates SHIP fees. Graduate students with GSI or GSR appointments should check with their departments as SHIP is often covered while on fee remission.