Enroll in Courses

You’ll need to enroll in at least one course before July 29, 2020 to maintain continuous access to the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) and University Health Services, Recreational Sports Facility (RSF), campus libraries, University Housing, and more. If you enroll after July 29, 2020, your coverage will backdate as effective on August 1, 2020, but may not show up immediately in CalCentral.

Take Action on SHIP

For students to show as actively insured as of August 1, you MUST be enrolled in at least .5 units (even if it is just a PE class which gets dropped later). If you have not enrolled in any units to date, make sure you do so when Phase II enrollment opens on July 20!

Want to waive SHIP?

The Fall 2020 waiver period is May 1, 2020 to July 15, 2020. The late waiver period is July 16, 2020 to August 15, 2020. All late waivers will be subject to a late fee of $75. No waivers will be accepted after August 15, 2020.

The Fall 2020 waiver criteria, waiver worksheet and other resources are provided below under Waiver Resources. To get started see the Fall 2020 Waiver Application and visit University Health Services SHIP webpage.


If you are graduating or leaving the university

Whether you are graduating or leaving the university for a period of time, it is important to think about your health insurance options. If you are on Berkeley’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), your coverage is effective through July 31, 2020.

The SHIP office can help provide information and help you navigate different health insurance options. You can call SHIP at 510-642-5700, email ship@berkeley.edu or send a secure message through the eTang patient portal to explore your options.

Blue Shield of California has also set up a dedicated service for UC Berkeley students who are transitioning out of SHIP after graduation. They can help with the following:

  • Assessment of tax situation (dependent or head of household)
  • Review of needs
  • Determination of subsidy/Medi-Cal eligibility
  • Education on necessary documentation for enrollment
  • Overview of plan options – medical/dental/vision
  • Quote rates – medical/dental/vision
  • Plan selection and online completion of application
  • Knowledge of student health plan benefits
  • Enrollment assistance

For general information about SHIP policies, visit the University Health Services website or the Insurance After Graduate webpage.


Categories: Graduate Division Announcements, July 2020, June 2020