Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) Information about UCD's health insurance and acceptable insurance options
July 19, 2011
The University of California requires that all students have
health insurance. To help you meet the Health Insurance
Requirement, UC Davis automatically enrolls all registered
students in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Fees for
SHIP coverage are charged to your student account each term along
with your registration fees.
SHIP coverage for students enrolled in the School of Education
begins on September 24, 2013. For Year 1 students, this
is after the beginning of the Credential Program – See below for
information about coverage during the Pre-Fall
term. Costs and dates of coverage have not been
determined for the 2013-2014 academic year. More information will
be available in the middle of June. All School of Education
students pay the SHIP fee that applies to graduate students.
If you have comparable insurance and do not want to be
enrolled in SHIP, you must apply for a SHIP
waiver. The SHIP waiver application for the
2013-2014 academic year is September 15, 2013. The services
at Student Health Services are available to all students, even if
you waive SHIP.
If you choose to waive SHIP you must file by SEPTEMBER
Insurance Coverage during Pre-Fall for Year 1 Students
SHIP coverage during Year 1 does not begin until the first
official day of the fall quarter in late September. You have the
following options available for Health Insurance coverage during
the Pre-Fall term:
Purchase your own health insurance plan
Purchase a Student Health Services card, which will allow you
to receive care at the UCD Student Health Center at student
rates. This is not a health insurance plan and only covers basic
Purchase the Graduate Student health Insurance Plan (GSHIP,
for the summer). It is a major medical plan underwritten by Blue
Cross. During the year, students may use the Student Health
Center at Davis at non-student rates.
If health coverage for you and/or your dependents is a concern,
you are encouraged to research available insurance plans that
will cover you throughout the year. Contact the Insurance
Services Department at (530) 752-6055 for detailed information.
Details about insurance plans and SHIP waivers are also available
online at Student
SHIP After Graduation
Eligibility for continuation of SHIP coverage after graduation
depends upon the term in which one graduates.
SHIP members who graduate or complete their studies at the end
quarter are NOT automatically
enrolled in SHIP for Spring quarter, but are eligible to
enroll at non-student rates. Voluntary non-student enrollment
must take place within the first 5 working days of the quarter,
and will provide continuous coverage through the end of the
summer coverage period. Most M.A. Year Two students graduate
at the end of Winter quarter.
SHIP members who graduate at the end of spring quarter or
semester automatically receive SHIP coverage through the end of
the summer coverage period at no extra cost.