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Gaucho Health Insurance (GHI)

All registered UCSB students are required to have health insurance that meets minimum coverage limits. It is a condition of enrollment AND a non-academic requirement of registration.

UCSB students are automatically enrolled in GHI which includes vision and dental coverage, and access to many Student Health services with no additional charges. The premium for GHI is included in your total cost of attendance. Financial Aid awards will include a GHI Grant to cover this fee for eligible students. The insurance premium will automatically be included in your quarterly BARC bill. For information about this comprehensive plan, visit the Student Health Insurance webpage.

If you have adequate private insurance and do not wish to enroll in GHI, you may submit a request for an insurance waiver. You will need to have your private insurance plan information available. Please note that your Financial Aid award may change if you waive out of GHI. For more information, please review the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship’s Policy Information webpage.

Mandatory Insurance Waiver Periods

Academic Year Schedule (includes students who are either Full-time, EAP, or NRSP)
Fall Waiver site opens April 10, 2017 - September 14, 2017
Waivers submitted between September 1 - September 14 will be assessed a $50 late fee
Winter Waiver site opens November 1, 2017 - December 25, 2017
Waivers submitted between December 1 - December 25 will be assessed a $50 late fee
Spring Waiver site opens February 1, 2018 - March 19, 2018
Waivers submitted between March 1 - March 19 will be assessed a $50 late fee

Once a waiver request has been approved, it remains in effect until the beginning of the next academic year.

Students with approved waivers may purchase pre-paid access to many core Student Health services through the Gaucho Access Plan (GAP). Students who waive GHI with insurance plans exclusive to any county outside of Santa Barbara will be REQUIRED to be enrolled in GAP. More information is available on the GAP webpage.