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UC SHIP While on Leave of Absence or Preparing for Final Dissertation/Thesis (Graduate & Professional Students)

school deskCoverage under the SHIP as a registered student terminates at the end of the quarter if the student does not return the following quarter as a registered student. Graduate and professional students who are on an approved Leave of Absence (LOA) may purchase two quarters of  UC SHIP insurance per lifetime. Enrollment in LOA UCSHIP is not automatic.

Non-registered students who are completing work under the auspices of the UC and are preparing for their final dissertation/thesis may also be eligible to purchase one quarter of UC SHIP per lifetime. These students must be planning to pay the Filing Fee in lieu of registration fees for the quarter, and degree progress must be verifiable with the student's department.  Enrollment in the Filing Fee UC SHIP is not automatic.

To be eligible to purchase the voluntary UC SHIP, the student must have been covered by UC SHIP in the term immediately preceding the term for which the student wants to purchase coverage or, if the student waived UC SHIP enrollment, show proof of loss of the coverage used to obtain the waiver.

How do I enroll in the GSHIP while on LOA?

Effective Winter 2019, enrollment in the voluntary plan will be managed by Academic Health Plans (AHP).  All payments for the voluntary plan  premiums must be submitted directly to AHP.  Student Health Services does not manage the enrollment or collect payments for the voluntary plan.  For plan enrollment questions, and to enroll in the plan, call AHP Customer Service at 855-428-0730 or e-mail ucship@ahpservice.com.

What are the Coverage Periods and Deadlines?

QuarterCoverage DatesEnrollment Deadline
Fall 20189/24/2018 through 1/1/201910/25/2018
Winter 20191/2/2019 through 3/26/20192/1/2019
Spring 20193/27/2019 through 9/22/20194/26/2019


How much does voluntary UC SHIP cost?

The cost to purchase voluntary UC SHIP coverage is $1202.58 per quarter for 2018-2019. This amount is the premium for one quarter of UC SHIP and does not include other costs that you may incur while covered under UC SHIP such as fees for services provided by SHS, deductibles, copays and other costs not covered under the plan.

How does voluntary UC SHIP coverage work?

The voluntary coverage works the same way the UC SHIP coverage for registered students works. Students who are covered under the voluntary UC SHIP coverage still have access to Student Health Services and the referral requirement still applies to all non-emergency medical care. Refer to the UC SHIP brochure for more information about how UC â€‹SHIP works.