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Campus Medical Care Assistance Fund Program

The UC SHIP Reserve Fund Investment Committee (RFIC) granted one-time funds to UC Merced as well as to the other UC campuses for distribution to students experiencing a financial hardship. These funds are intended to assist the student with paying their out-of-pocket medical and/or mental health expenses exceeding $500 and up to the in-network individual out-of-pocket maximum.

This program has been extended by the 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.
  • The service date must be during the 2020-2021 plan year or beyond; through the 2024-25 plan year.
  • Student must have no outstanding financial balance with their campus.
  • Student must have applied for charity care from the provider of service.

Each campus will be alloted a grant amount based upon their UC SHIP enrollment. Once the funds are exhausted, there will be no additional funds granted for the remainder of the year.

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

Applications should be emailed SECURELY to:

Decisions will be delivered via UCM email within 10 business days of receipt. For questions, please contact the UCM Insurance Office at (209) 228-2273 (option 4) 

Campus Medical Care Assistance Fund FAQ (pdf)

Campus Medical Care Assistance Fund Application (pdf)

If you do not believe you are eligible for this program but still need assistance, visit the UC Merced Dean of Students webpage to view the emergency funds information.

UCM Dean of Students - emergency funds