Waiving SHIP

Contact us

Phone: (510) 642-5700 
Fax: (510) 642-9119
Email: ship@berkeley.edu

Send a secure message 
through the eTang patient portal

Location

Student Health Insurance Office
Tang Center, UC Berkeley
2222 Bancroft Way, Rm. 3200
Berkeley CA 94720-4300

Hours 

Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wednesday - 9:30am - 4:00pm

Students are strongly encouraged to first contact us by phone or email.

Spring 2022 Waiver Period

The Spring 2022 waiver period is December 1, 2021 to January 1, 2022. Waivers must be received by January 1, 2022 to avoid a late fee of $75.

The late waiver period is January 2, 2022 to January 15, 2022 and will be subject to a late fee of $75. 

Absolutely no waiver applications will be accepted after January 15, 2022.

Please click here for waiver instructions and the online waiver application. The waiver criteria and waiver worksheet can be found below under "forms and worksheets".


Waiver for Summer Special Programs

Summer Special Programs include:

  • 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
  • 11-month Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Master of Information and Data Science (graduating 5th-year MIDS)

See the Summer Special Programs waiver instructions and waiver application.


Waiver Exclusions

Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) excluded, except for 5th-year MIDS students who may keep SHIP or waive enrollment during the fall or spring waiver period.

Forms and Worksheets

Waiver Appeal

If you submitted an 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". (Note: If this is your first time using the eTang patient portal, you will need to complete the Notice of Privacy Pratice before proceeding to the appeal form. Please go to the home page and click on "Medical Clearances" on the left to complete this form 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 SHIP office. Please note, you may be contacted via secure message in the eTang patient portal if additional documentation is needed to process your appeal.

Resources

Waiver Reversal

If you 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". (Note: If this is your first time using the eTang patient portal, you will need to complete the Notice of Privacy Practice before proceeding to the waiver reversal form. Please go to the home page and click on "Medical Clearances" on the left to complete this form 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.