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Student Health Insurance 2014-2015

Health insurance is required for all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students as a non-academic condition of enrollment.

All students paying full registration fees to UCSD are automatically enrolled into the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) as part of the enrollment process each quarter (fall, winter, and spring). Students who are enrolled in SHIP for spring quarter have continued coverage during the summer, up to the start of SHIP for fall quarter.

SHIP offers:

  • Worldwide coverage year-round for a moderate premium and low annual deductible.
  • Premiums that are automatically assessed as part of registration fees each quarter.
  • Many no-cost services at Student Health Services (SHS) to students enrolled in the plan.
Note: Students currently covered by an insurance plan may qualify for a health fee waiver. To apply for the health fee waiver, students must submit an online waiver application by the applicable deadline. See How to Waive SHIP at the SHS website for more information. If your insurance plan does not meet the university's minimum requirements you are not eligible for a waiver and are required to have SHIP. Students who are eligible for the waiver but do not submit a waiver by the appropriate deadline will be automatically enrolled in SHIP.

SHIP for undergraduates

Cost:

  • $544 per quarter ($1,632 for a full year of coverage)
  • Optional vision coverage for $62.04 (full year of coverage)

Benefits of SHIP include:

Notes:

  • If you have private health insurance that meets university requirements, you may qualify for a waiver of SHIP. See the Health Fee Waiver tool for details.
  • If you waive SHIP, you may purchase RAFT (Reduced Access Fee for Tritons), which allows you to visit Student Health Services (SHS) for many primary care needs without the worry of high costs. See the Health Fee Waiver tool for details, or read more about RAFT.

SHIP for graduate and professional students

Cost:

  • $1,067 per quarter ($3,201 for a full year of coverage)

Benefits of SHIP include:

Notes:

  • If you have private health insurance that meets university requirements, you may qualify for a waiver of SHIP. See the Health Fee Waiver tool for details.
  • If you waive SHIP, you may purchase RAFT (Reduced Access Fee for Tritons), which allows you to visit Student Health Services (SHS) for many primary care needs without the worry of high costs. See the Health Fee Waiver tool for details, or read more about RAFT.

Using SHIP

Student Health Service (SHS) a fully accredited ambulatory care facility, providing a full range of primary care services. The services at SHS are available to all registered students, and most services require an appointment. There is no charge for primary care appointments for students who are enrolled in SHIP. Students who waive SHIP can still use SHS however fees will apply to all services at SHS.

Some of the services available at SHS include:

  • Board-certified physicians
  • Board-certified nurse practitioners
  • Urgent care and first aid
  • Laboratory services
  • X-ray services
  • Pharmacy
  • Travel clinic
  • Women's and men's health
  • Health education and nutritional counseling
Students who are enrolled in SHIP are required to obtain a written referral from SHS prior to receiving any non-emergency or non-urgent care outside of SHS, regardless of the distance from campus. Although referrals are not required for emergency room or urgent care services, a referral is required for all follow-up care. For more information about how to access benefits under SHIP, please refer to the SHS website.

Questions?

Contact the Student Insurance Office, (858) 534-2124 or ship3@ucsd.edu.

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