Waiving SHIP

Fall 2019 Waiver Information 

The Fall 2019 waiver period is May 1, 2019 to July 15, 2019. Waivers must be received by July 15, 2019 to avoid a late fee of $75. All waivers received between July 16, 2019 and August 15, 2019 will be subject to a late fee of $75. No waivers will be accepted after August 15, 2019.

The  Fall 2019 waiver criteria and other resources are provided below under Waiver Resources.


Special Programs

1. Professional Track LLM
2. LLM Hybrid Option (summer starts only)
3. 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)
  • Master of Financial Engineering (MFE) - incoming March class only
  • Master of Real Estate Development & Design (MRED+D)
  • 11-month Master of Public Health (MPH)

Please click here for waiver instructions and waiver application for special programs


Spring 2019 Waiver Information

The Spring 2019 waiver period is now closed.

The Spring 2019 waiver period is December 1, 2018 to January 1, 2019. The late waiver period is January 2, 2019 to January 15, 2019.  All waivers received between January 2, 2019 and January 15, 2019 will be subject to a late fee of $75. No waivers will be accepted after January 15, 2019.

The  Spring 2019 waiver criteria, waiver worksheet and other resources are provided below under Waiver Resources.


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 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". Under "More Options", select "SHIP Waiver Forms" and select "SHIP Appeal Form". Fill out the form completely and click the "Send" button. 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 "Forms" on the left to complete any necessary consents.

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". Under "More Options", select "SHIP Waiver Forms". Select "SHIP Waiver REVERSAL Form". Fill out the form completely and click the "Send" button. 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 "Forms" on the left to complete any necessary consents.

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.