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UC SHIP - Student Health Insurance Plan

Important Orientation Information


How to Reach Us During COVID-19

UCSD Insurance will be working remotely during this time of uncertainty.  We will be open 8am-4pm Monday through Friday via phone 858-534-2124 or email SHIP3@ucsd.edu.  Phone calls and messages will be returned within 48 business hours.  If you have an urgent situation, please mark your voicemail or email as urgent. Thank you for your understanding.  Please stay safe and well.

COVID-19 Testing

UCSD SHIP provides coverage for COVID-19 testing. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact Student Health Services at 858-534-3300 or send a message through your "MyStudentChart".

Graduating or On Leave - extend SHIP

If you have graduated for Winter 2020 quarter or you are a Graduate Student on an approved Leave of Absence for Spring 2020, and want to extend your SHIP insurance for Spring 2020 quarter, you must apply for the SHIP Voluntary Coverage.  Do this by calling AHP at 1-855-428-0730 or submitting your application online to AHP … https://wellness.ucsd.edu/studenthealth/insurance/other-options/Pages/default.aspxThe deadline to request voluntary SHIP for Spring 2020 is April 24, 2020.

Effective 3/16/2020 until further notice: The Insurance Department on campus at Student Health is available by phone 858-534-2124 or email at SHIP3@ucsd.edu if you have questions.  Currently we are only seeing students in person for urgent referral needs. 


If you plan to have a scheduled appointment with a provider outside of Student Health on campus, you need to secure a referral before going to the appointment.  Please call Insurance at 858-534-2124 and we will assist you in getting an urgent referral offsite and provide you with information on how to find contracted providers.  No referral is required for urgent care, emergency room, dental, or vision care.


If you have questions regarding billing for services at UCSD Health System, please call them at 855-827-3633.


If you have questions about your benefits and coverage under SHIP, please call Anthem Blue Cross PPO at 866-940-8306.

Health Fee (SHIP) Waivers

The waiver for Spring quarter 2020 is open online only through Triton Link until 3/30/2020.  Please login and provide your insurance information. The decision will be delivered to you in email within 7-10 business days.

If you have questions about a waiver denial or changes to your coverage due to the Spring quarter closure, please call us at 858-534-2124 or email SHIP3@ucsd.edu ASAP.  SHIP coverage for Spring quarter starts 3/25/2020 and runs through 9/27/2020.

What is UC SH​​IP?

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In 2011, the UC Regents made health insurance a mandatory non-academic condition for enrollment. To ensure that all students have adequate health care coverage, including ongoing primary and specialty care, and to satisfy the mandatory health insurance requirement, UCSD automatically enrolls all registered students into UC SHIP.

UC SHIP is a student-focused benefits package for UCSD graduate and undergraduate students, including strong medical, behavioral health, pharmacy, dental, and vision care benefits. UC SHIP is compliant with the Affordable Care Act requirements and works to complement your care at the Student Health Services right on campus. Enrollment is automatic for registered students; waiver application is also available. Learn more about UC SHIP!

UC SHIP - Comprehensive, Quality Care at an Affordable Price

View the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and UC SHIP TIP SHEET

Letter from the UC Office of the President.

How am I ​enrolled in UC SHIP?

Each quarter that you enroll in classes at UCSD, your student billing account is automatically charged the fee for UC SHIP, and this appears on your e-bill statement as a separate charge. If you are already covered by another insurance plan and wish to opt out of UC SHIP and have the UC SHIP fee waived, you must apply for a Health Fee Waiver through TritonLink. A new waiver must be submitted for each academic year.

Read How to Waive UC SHIP for more information about the Health Fee Waiver process, including waiver deadlines & waiver criteria.

How much doe​​​s UC SHIP cost?

Undergraduate students: $692.00 per quarter
Graduate and Professional students: $1,285.00 per quarter

The fee is charged to your student billing account along with other mandatory registration fees each quarter (Fall 2020, Winter 2021 and Spring 2021). Coverage for Summer 2021 is included in the cost for Spring quarter. Students enrolled in UC SHIP for Spring quarter have continued coverage for the Summer, up to the start of fall quarter.

When doe​​s UC SHIP coverage begin and end?

2020 - 2021:  

  • Fall: 9/28/2020 - 1/3/2021 
  • Winter: 1/4/2021 - 3/23/2021
  • Spring: 3/24/2021 - 9/19/2021

If you are part of an Early Start program, please contact your department advisor for further assistance.

More Informati​​on

Be sure to check the menu items on the left for specific information about each plan.

Other helpful links:
Instructions for downloading the UC SHIP mobile app​. ​

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Keep your information private!

If you are covered by another person's health insurance, whether your parent's or spouse's, your health information will not be kept private unless you take action. ​

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