How To Waive UC SHIP

Applying for a Waiver Waiver applications are completed online at http://my.ucmerced.edu during the fall or spring waiver periods. A new waiver application has to be completed each academic year in the fall.

Your waiver will be applied to the full academic year—or the remainder of the academic year, if you apply during the spring term. You are required to maintain adequate health insurance throughout the academic year. You will need to reapply if you want to waive coverage for the next academic year.

Be sure you remain covered.

Your waiver will be applied to the full academic year—or the remainder of the academic year, if you apply during the winter or spring terms. You are required to maintain adequate health insurance throughout the academic year. You will need to reapply if you want to waive coverage for the next academic year.

If your health coverage is terminated for any reason, contact your campus’ Student Health Insurance Office to re-enroll in UC SHIP.



Semester Waiver Opens Waiver Deadline Late Waiver Deadline w/ $50 Late Fee.
Fall Semester May 1, 2017 August 1, 2017 August 9, 2017
Spring Semester November 13, 2017 January 8, 2018 January 16, 2018


All waiver criteria must be met in order for your waiver to be approved. Waiver Criteria (PDF)

In an effort to align minimum waiver criteria with the benefit standards of health care reform legislation, these waiver criteria are subject to periodic change. Minimum waiver criteria the university requires may be adjusted to reflect new legislation or change in university policy. Therefore, it is possible that an insurance plan you have used to waive enrollment in university-sponsored health insurance in previous years may not meet the minimum insurance waiver criteria for a future year.

Important Notice-Your waiver application may be subject to audit for which you may be asked to provide additional information regarding your health insurance plan. If the coverage information you provide does not meet the university’s criteria and this request fails to pass the audit, you will be enrolled in your campus SHIP program and charged the premium fee for the full coverage period on your campus account.

You must complete and submit the online waiver on the website once you open it. You cannot close it or go back and edit it.


Waiver Checklist

  • Step 1 Your UC Merced student ID and password.
  • Step 2 Waiver Worksheet (PDF)
  • Step 3 You MUST know information about your insurance, the name of your insurance company, policy number, group number. You must know this information before going into the waiver or you will be denied.
  • Step 4 Log into your UC Merced Student Portal .
  • Step 5 Click on Student Health Waiver on your check off list.
  • Step 6 You will be re-directed to the Wells Fargo Insurance Services website where the waiver application is being processed.
  • Step 7 You must complete and submit the online waiver on the website once you open it. You cannot close it or go back and edit it.
  • Step 8 Please make sure you have all the correct information before you fill out the waiver. Print a copy of your approval/denial for your records.


Once you have submitted your waiver application, you will immediately be notified if your waiver was approval or denied and you will be sent an email confirmation to your UC Merced email account.

It is your responsibility to prove that the waiver application has been submitted and approved. It is recommended you keep your email confirmation for your records.

Late Waiver Deadline w/ $50 Late Fee.