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Waiving UC SHIP

All registered students are automatically enrolled into the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP).  Students who are currently covered under a private health plan and do not wish to be covered by UC SHIP may submit an online application to opt out of (waive) the UC SHIP.  The online Health Fee Waiver application will be available and accessible for the 2017-2018 academic year during the following periods:

​Term
Waiver Period Opens​ Waiver Deadline
(no late fee)​
Late Waiver Deadline ($50.00 late fee)​
​Fall 2017
​8/1/2017
​9/22/2017
​9/29/2017
Winter 2018​​11/8/2017
​12/13/2017
​1/8/2018
​Spring/Summer 2018
2/14/2018​​3/23/2018
​4/2/2018


  • Late waivers will be accepted through the late waiver deadline, subject to the $50.00 late waiver fee. 
  • Waivers will not be accepted after the late waiver deadline has passed. 
  • Waiving is an annual process and must be completed each new academic year to avoid being automatically enrolled into UC SHIP.

Make sure you qualify for the waiver.

To satisfy UC's health insurance requirement for enrolled students, the plan held by the student must meet all of the criteria listed on the 2017-2018 Waiver Criteria form.

If the plan does not meet ALL of the criteria, it does not qualify for the waiver and the student is not eligible to submit a waiver application. The student will be automatically enrolled in UC SHIP.

Before you decide to waive, review your options carefully.

UC SHIP is a low-cost, comprehensive package designed to provide students with medical coverage anywhere in the world.  Only UC SHIP offers UC Family Network discounts for students to receive care at UC hospitals, affiliated facilities and professional providers.  Dental and Vision are included in the UC SHIP package. 

If you would like to waive out of UC SHIP, please take a moment to watch this video and read about transferring your insurance coverage to San Diego.

If You Waive UC SHIP


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How do I apply for a waiver?

The online Health Fee Waiver application is only available through TritonLink during scheduled waiver periods (click on "TritonLink Tools", then under Financial Tools, click on "Health Fee Waiver"). 

TIP: If after entering all the required information you do not see the final screen 'UC SHIP WAIVER: COMPLETED', or if you do not receive the e-mail confirmation that your waiver was submitted, log out of TritonLink, close your browser, and then log back in. If you are able to continue through the application again, your waiver was not successfully submitted the first time. Proceed through the application and be sure to slick SUBMIT at the end.  If you still do not receive confirmation that your waiver was submitted, you must contact the SHS Insurance office immediately.

All waivers must be received prior to the waiver deadline date. No exceptions.

When can I apply for a waiver?

The online Health Fee Waiver can only be submitted during an open waiver period (see above chart). Transfer stuents, students who acquire new insurance coverage, and students who missed the previous waiver period, may apply for a waiver during the next scheduled waiver period to opt out of UC SHIP for the remainder of the academic year.

Only one waiver application may be submitted during each academic year. If your waiver was denied and you would like to have your waiver reconsidered for a subsequent quarter of the current academic year, you must contact the SHS Insurance Office for assistance. You will be required to provide proof that your insurance meets all of the waiver criteria.

Waiving is an annual process and must be completed each new academic year to avoid being automatically enrolled into UC SHIP.  Even if your insurance has not changed since the previous year, you are still required to submit a new waiver application.

I waived UC SHIP but I'm still being charged.

The Health Insurance Fee is charged to ALL students as a mandatory registration fee. If you applied for a waiver, you should see a charge for the Health Insurance Fee AND a credit for the waiver. If you do not see the credit, or if the credit was reversed, it is possible that any one of the following occurred: 

  • Your waiver was submitted during the previous academic year and you did not submit a new one this academic year.
  • You submitted a waiver and were selected for audit but did not respond to our request for insurance documentation.  As a result, your waiver was denied and the waiver credit was reversed.
  • You submitted a waiver but it was denied because it did not meet the waiver requirements.  As a result, your waiver credit was reversed.
  • Your waiver was approved, however a HOLD on your student account may have prevented the waiver from crediting the Health Insurance Fee. You must resolve the HOLD first and then contact the SHS Insurance office to have the waiver credit applied to your account.

NOTE: Receiving the waiver credit does not mean that your waiver is approved.  The waiver credit is provided contingent on your waiver application being approved.  Contact the SHS Insurance Office to discuss the status of your waiver.

How do I find out the status of my waiver?

Upon successful submission of your online application, you should receive an email confirmation of submission.  THIS IS NOT AN APPROVAL.  Do not assume that your waiver was approved. You should receive a second email from the SHS Insurance Office within five business days regarding the status of your waiver.  If you do not receive the second email, you must contact the SHS Insurance Office immediately.  

NOTE: Receiving the waiver credit does not mean that your waiver is approved. The waiver credit is provided contingent on your waiver application being approved. The waiver credit will automatically apply to your account when the waiver is submitted.  This does not mean your waiver was approved.  If your waiver is denied, the waiver credit will be reversed from your account once the waiver period is closed and appeals are processed. 

Can I cancel my waiver application?

If the coverage period (quarter) has not started, you may cancel your waiver by submitting the Waiver Cancellation form to enroll in the UC SHIP effective the first day of the quarter.

If the coverage period has already started, you may only cancel your waiver IF your other health insurance coverage has terminated. To cancel your waiver if your other coverage terminated, submit the Exception to Closed Enrollment form (and required documentation) to enroll in the UC SHIP as of the date your other coverage terminated.  SHS Insurance Office must receive notification within 31 days of the loss of other coverage. 

If I waived UC SHIP, may I still use Student Health Services?

All students who pay full registration fees are entitled to use SHS, regardless of insurance. For students who waive UC SHIP, there will be a fee for all services received at SHS. Please refer to Cost of Services. SHS is not a participating (i.e. in-network, preferred, etc.) provider with any insurance plan, and does not accept or bill private insurance.

If you think there is a possibility that you may use SHS even though you waived UC SHIP, it is recommended that you enroll in the Reduced Access Fee for Tritons (RAFT) program during the waiver process.  Students who enroll in RAFT have access to certain SHS services at no or low cost.  Refer to RAFT for more information about the program.

All charges incurred at SHS will be billed to the student's campus billing account if not paid for at the time of service. You may obtain an itemized bill for SHS services by clicking on On-Line Services