D1.5 Registration and Health Coverage
Updated: May 6th, 2011
All registered students may use University Health Services (UHS) at the Tang Center for comprehensive outpatient primary care as well as counseling services. Registration fees support much of the care provided at UHS. However, moderate fees may be charged for certain services at UHS.
All students are required, as a condition of registration, to have major medical health insurance to cover hospitalization and other care outside UHS. As a result, students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), administered by UHS, and assessed fees for SHIP by the Campus Accounts Receivables System (CARS). SHIP coverage is year-round and worldwide and includes coverage for medical, dental, vision, and mental health services. SHIP also covers most UHS fees. SHIP coverage periods are August 15-January 14 for the fall semester and January 15-August 14 for the spring semester. Note: If entering students begin programs in the summer or are hired as Graduate Student Researchers in July, they will not be covered by health insurance through SHIP until August 15 when they become registered for the fall semester. For questions regarding current premiums, check the UHS website (www.uhs.berkeley.edu/students/insurance/SHIPEnrollment.shtml) or call 642-5700.
Students may waive enrollment in SHIP if they have comparable major medical insurance. Waiver forms are available online (www.uhs.berkeley.edu/students/insurance/waiver/welcome.shtml). Deadlines for submission of waiver forms must be met in order to receive credit for the health insurance fee.
Continuing students covered by SHIP during the spring term may use UHS services during the summer. Students not registered spring term but registered in Summer Sessions are not eligible for SHIP coverage, but may use UHS services. Students who are without SHIP and not enrolled in a Summer Session course will be charged fees for all UHS services.
The Student Health Insurance Office (642-5700) is available to answer any questions about SHIP.