NOW OPEN! Health Opportunity Fund for Pell Grant and Dream Aid recipients

August 23, 2017

Health Opportunity Fund is now available for 2017-18! 

Health Opportunity Fund (HOF) 

The Health Opportunity Fund (HOF) is a set of funds ($175) available to Pell Grant and Dream Aid recipients for use for services and prescriptions at the Tang Center for students enrolled in Fall and Spring semesters. Important note: Participants must notify the Tang Center staff BEFORE PAYING that they wish to use the Health Opportunity Funds. 

What is the Health Opportunity Fund?

The ASUC, UHS Tang Center, Equity and Inclusion, and Student Affairs have collaborated with the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Student Service Fees (CACSSF) to offer funds to help offset charges at the Tang Center.

What is covered?

$175 fund for any services (excluding Tang Optometry Clinic operated by School of Optometry) at the Tang Center, including Pharmacy prescription and over-the-counter items. The funding will close when the pool of funds has been exhausted, whether you have used all of the credit initially available to you or not.

Who is eligible?

Undergraduate Pell Grant or Dream Aid recipients.

When can I access this funding?

Funding is available beginning August 23, 2017 through May 11, 2018 or until the funds are depleted. 

Where can I access this?

Your Cal 1 Card debit account has already been loaded with the credit if you are an eligible student. If eligible, you may check your Health Opportunity Fund balance online through the Cal 1 Card office website.

To access health services, visit Go Tang! A student’s guide to getting started at the Tang Center

How does payment work?

It is your responsibility to follow these steps to access HOF funding:

  1. Immediately after you receive service at the Tang Center, please visit the Cashier's Office on the first floor of Tang and present your Cal 1 Card in order to use the HOF funds.

  2. Whenever contacting Cashier Office, the Pharmacy or the Student Health Insurance Office, you need to identify yourself as "Health Opportunity Fund recipient" in order to access the funds.

  3. You must complete this transaction with the Cashier Office/Pharmacy within seven business days of receiving care or prescriptions, otherwise charges will be automatically billed to your student account in CalCentral and HOF funds cannot be applied to the charges.

How might this impact my Financial Aid?

After you access the Health Opportunity Fund using your Cal 1 Card, you will receive a link to an online form asking you to certify that you have spent or will spend more than the amount budgeted in the Cost of Attendance for all of your health care expenses. After this self-certification is complete, your budget may be increased to account for up to the amount of the fund of health care expenses not covered by insurance, and your financial aid awards should not be affected. The self-certification should be completed as soon as possible but no later than the end of the semester. Students who access the Health Opportunity Fund and do not complete the self-certification may have their financial aid package adjusted and will be responsible for any invoices that result.

 

Who do I contact if I have questions?

  • Eligibility questions: CE3  (510) 642-7224
  • Financial Aid: Cal Student Central
  • Medical bills: Tang Center, Cashier Office (510) 642-8448. First floor of UHS Tang Center 2222 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

health opportunity fund flier

HOW DOES IT WORK? Please follow these steps to access HOF funding:

(1) Immediately after you receive service, please visit the Cashier's Office on the first floor of Tang and present your Cal 1 Card in order to use the HOF funds.

(2) Whenever contacting Cashier Office, the Pharmacy or the Student Health Insurance Office, you need to identify yourself as a "Health Opportunity Fund recipient" in order to access the funds.

(3) You must complete this transaction within seven (7) business days of receiving care or prescriptions, otherwise charges will be automatically billed to CalCentral and HOF funds cannot be applied.