Waiving SHIP

The fall 2021 waiver period opens on May 3, 2021.

Special Programs Summer 2021

Master of Laws (Executive Track LLM)

Incoming students in the following programs:

  • Master of Public Affairs (MPA)
  • Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
    • Principle Leadership Institue (PLI) 
    • Berkeley Educators for Equity and Excellence (BE3)
    • Leaders for Equity and Democracy (LEAD)
  • Master of Financial Engineering (MFE) - incoming March class only
  • Master of Real Estate Development + Design (MRED+D)
  • 11-month Master of Public Health (MPH)

See the Special Programs waiver instructions and waiver application.


Fall 2021 Waiver Period

The fall 2021 waiver period is May 3, 2021 to July 15, 2021.

All waivers received between July 16, 2021 and August 15, 2021 will be subject to a late fee of $75.

Absolutely no waiver applications will be accepted after August 15, 2021.

The waiver criteria and waiver worksheet can be found under "waiver resources" below. The online waiver application will be available during the waiver period. 


Waiver Exclusions

Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) excluded, except for 5th year MIDS students who may keep SHIP or waive enrollment.


For more information, please call the Student Health Insurance Office at (510) 642-5700, email your questions to ship@berkeley.edu, or currently enrolled students can send a secure message to the SHIO office via the eTang patient portal.

Waiver Resources

Forms and Worksheets

Resources

Waiver Appeal

If you have submitted your online waiver and it was denied, you may submit a waiver appeal if you believe your insurance does meet the criteria. Your appeal must be submitted within 10 business days from your denial date in order for your waiver to be considered. You must have already completed the online waiver and received a denial to use this form. 

To securely submit your SHIP Waiver Appeal, log in to the eTang patient portal with your Calnet ID and passphrase.

From the welcome page, click "MESSAGES" on the left side menu. Click "New Message". If this is your first time using the eTang patient portal, you will need to complete the compliance forms before proceeding to the appeal form. Please go to the home page and click on "Medical Clearances" on the left to complete any necessary clearances and then follow the rest of the instructions. Under "Student Health Insurance Office (SHIO)", select "Request Student Insurance Plan (SHIP) Waiver Forms" and select "SHIP Appeal Form". Fill out the form completely and click the "Send" button.

If you do not receive a response to your appeal within 30 days, please contact the insurance office at (510) 642-5700 or ship@berkeley.edu. Please note, you may be contacted via secure message in the eTang patient portal if additional documentation is needed to process your appeal.

Waiver Reversal

If you have waived SHIP enrollment for this semester and wish to reverse your waiver, please follow the instructions below.

Log in to the eTang patient portal with your Calnet ID and passphrase.

From the welcome page, click "MESSAGES" on the left side menu. Click "New Message". If this is your first time using the eTang patient portal, you will need to complete the compliance forms before proceeding to the waiver reversal form. Please go to the home page and click on "Medical Clearances" on the left to complete any necessary consents and then follow the rest of the instructions. Under "Student Health Insurance Office (SHIO)", select "Request Student Insurance Plan (SHIP) Waiver Forms". Select "SHIP Waiver REVERSAL Form". Fill out the form completely and click the "Send" button. 

You may be asked for verification from your former insurance company stating the date your coverage ended.

Please call the Student Health Insurance Office at (510) 642-5700, email your questions to ship@berkeley.edu, or, currently enrolled students can send a secure message to the SHIP office via the eTang patient portal.