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Campus Medical Care Assistance Fund (CMCAF)

The UC SHIP Reserve Fund Investment Committee (RFIC) granted funds to UC Irvine as well as to the other UC campuses for distribution to students with financial hardship. These funds are intended to assist the student in paying their out-of-pocket medical and/or mental health expenses that exceed $500.00 up to the in-network individual out-of-pocket maximum which is $2,000.00 in Plan Year 2021-22.

All graduate and undergraduate students and dependents who are currently enrolled in UC SHIP, and enrolled for at least one term before the date of the medical and/or mental health service, are eligible. The date of service must be during either the 2020-21 or 2021-22 plan year. To be eligible, a student must have no outstanding financial balance with UCI on their campus ZOT account and they must first apply for charity care from the provider of service.

Each campus will be allotted a grant amount based upon their UC SHIP enrollment. The funds granted by RFIC have been extended to the 2021-22 academic year. Once the funds are exhausted, there will be no additional funds granted for the remainder of the current year. The extension of this program to subsequent years is subject to future consideration and approval of additional funding by the UC SHIP Executive Oversight Board.

The following services are available for assistance, but services must be medically necessary:

  • ​Hospitalization
  • In-patient care (includes mental health/substance abuse) 
  • Hospice Care
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Emergency Medical Transportation
  • Childbirth/Delivery Professional Services
  • Skilled Nursing
  • ​Outpatient Surgery
  • Out-patient care  (includes mental health/substance abuse)
  • Physician/Surgeon Services
  • Imaging Services (MRI/CT/PET Scans)
  • Durable Medical Equipment
  • Childbirth/Delivery Facility Services

Important Notice:

Applications contain protected health information and personally identifiable information. Applications should be fax'd to UCI Student Health Center Insurance Services department at 949-824-5062. Applications should only be emailed as an attachment if the student can send the email securely with end-to-end encryption. Email to: shc-insurance@uci.edu. Include “Application for CMCA Fund” in the subject line for expedited processing. In the near future, the ability to securely upload and send applications via the secure Student Health Patient Portal will be available.

Applications will be reviewed within seven (7) business days of submission. For questions, please contact the UCI Student Health Center Insurance Services department at 949-824-2388 or by email at shc-insurance@uci.edu.