Fall 2019 SHIP Benefits and Waiver Information

SHIP offers major medical, mental health, pharmacy, dental and vision coverage. Berkeley SHIP continues to offer comprehensive benefits including:

  • 90% coverage for in-network services
  • $15 mental health visits (no charge for counseling at the Tang Center)
  • Free generic prescriptions and reduced copays at the Tang Pharmacy
  • $10 copays for eye exams, annual frame and lens allowance
  • PPO plan with coverage throughout the US and International
  • 24/7 telemedicine visits and Advice Nurse line

For more details on the plan and pricing, see the Berkeley SHIP webpage. Please note, SHIP is changing insurance carriers, for more information on this change, see our information on the new 2019-20 SHIP carrier.

The SHIP Waiver Period is Now Open

If you would like to waive SHIP for Fall 2019, all waiver applications must be received by July 15, 2019. All waivers received between July 16, 2019 and August 15, 2019 will be subject to a late fee of $75. Absolutely no waiver applications will be accepted after the final deadline. A new waiver application must be submitted for each Fall semester and they do not roll-over from previous semesters.

Please visit the SHIP waiver webpage to apply for a SHIP waiver.

SHIP students who wish to add their dependents should visit the dependent enrollment information and deadlines page on the SHIP website.

Please contact the Student Health Insurance Plan office with any questions at [email protected] or (510) 642-5700.


As you may be aware, measles has been in the news a lot lately, and California is one of the states affected. Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing.

Being vaccinated with the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, and to prevent an outbreak.  Our campus community is quite well-prepared, not the least because UC Berkeley started requiring incoming students to be immunized against measles, along with several other easily transmitted infectious diseases, in fall 2016.

We recommend that everyone check their immunization records and if they were born after 1957 and do NOT see two doses of MMR (first dose after first birthday, and separated by at least four weeks), talk to their healthcare provider ASAP to find out whether they should be immunized. The answer will almost always be a resounding YES but there are a few exceptions. People traveling abroad should be particularly sure to be protected before you leave, as there are several areas of the world at risk.

Registered students (with or without SHIP) can get vaccines at the Tang Center. Vaccines are no charge for SHIP students; the charge for non-SHIP is $125, which may be reimbursable. Students can book an appointment through eTang Patient Portal or call our advice nurse at (510) 643-7197.