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 experiencing 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 UC Family out-of-pocket maximum of $2,000.00 or the in-network individual out-of-pocket maximum of $3,000.00. Please note that these funds cannot be used to defray expenses related to dental or vision services. This program has been extended by UC SHIP's Executive Oversight Board to cover expenses incurred through plan year 2024-25.

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. 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. Once the funds are exhausted, there will be no additional funds available for disbursement.  

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. To ensure privacy and security of your health information, applications should be fax'd to UCI Student Health Center Insurance Services department at 949-824-5062 or submitted via the Student Health Patient Portal

How To Upload Your CMCAF Application Via The Patient Portal:

  • Login to the Patient Portal
  • Select “Upload Images/Clearance Forms” from the left sidebar
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and upload documents in the “Insurance Services Department” box
  • Click “Save” once all documents have been uploaded

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