Your UC Student Health Insurance Plan: UC SHIP

What You Need To Know

UC SHIP provides high-quality, affordable and convenient health care coverage to UC students. The plan is designed especially for students, and it covers medical, pharmacy, dental, vision, and mental health and substance use disorder services for UC undergraduate and graduate students and their eligible dependents.

Through the Executive Oversight Board, students are actively involved in the governance and design of UC SHIP, including reviewing requests for new benefits and evaluating strategies to maintain affordable plan costs.

Because all UC students are required to have medical insurance, registered students are automatically enrolled in UC SHIP. Coverage can be waived only if you can meet specific waiver criteria.

How to Use the Plan

Under the UC SHIP plan guidelines, the first place you should seek non-emergency care is the UCI Student Health Center (SHC). Many services, including preventive care, are offered there at no cost or for a low copay. If you need care that the SHC can’t provide, you’ll receive a referral for care outside the SHC.

Depending on the services you receive outside the Student Health Center, you may need to pay an annual deductible before UC SHIP begins to share costs with you. Once you meet that deductible, you’ll pay coinsurance for services, and UC SHIP will cover the remainder of the cost, up to the maximum allowable amount for that service.

You’re protected financially with an annual limit on your out-of-pocket costs. Once you reach this limit, the plan picks up 100% of the costs for that year.

Where to Learn More

Want to know more about services covered by UC SHIP? Visit

If you’re interested in becoming part of the UC SHIP Executive Oversight Board, here’s how to get involved.

Go Mobile! Register for the Student Health Mobile App Now!

Open Payments Database

The Open Payments database is a federal tool used to search payments made by drug and device companies to physicians and teaching hospitals. It can be found at For informational purposes only, a link to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Payments web page is provided here. The federal Physician Payments Sunshine Act requires that detailed information about payment and other payments of value worth over ten dollars ($10) from manufacturers of drugs, medical devices, and biologics to physicians and teaching hospitals be made available to the public.

SHC Insurance Services Contact Information:

Note: the Insurance Services team members are currently telecommuting and the department is closed at SHC for in-person inquiries until further notice.

Phone: (949) 824-2388
Fax: (949) 824-5062

UC Irvine Student Health Center
Insurance Office
501 Student Health
Irvine, CA 92697-5200
(Bldg 5 on the campus map
Office Hours: Mon-Fri: 8am - 5pm