Graduate Assistant/Fellow Health Insurance Awards

Academic programs are strongly encouraged to provide students with information on the Graduate Student Health Insurance award, such as the online award application’s URL and approximate application deadlines. The Graduate School offers two types of health insurance awards. Award A applies in the fall semester and continues to apply to the spring semester health insurance costs if the student qualifies in the spring semester. Award B applies ONLY to spring semester health insurance costs. Programs are responsible for notifying graduate assistants/fellows to apply for the Health Insurance Award. For details on GSHI criteria and application schedule, please visit the GSHI web page. To qualify for these award funds, the student must apply by their respective deadline and be in a UC-employed, graduate assistantship or fellowship position (not hourly) that pays a minimum of $2,400 per term through UC payroll.

For the 2018-19 academic year, the Graduate School will provide a GSHI award of $855/semester (maximum award of $1,710 per academic year). While the Graduate School strives to maintain this level of funding, unfortunately we cannot guarantee this level for years beyond 2018-19.

If the student receives a health insurance award in the 2018-19 academic year, a credit of $855 will be put towards his/her health insurance costs at the start of each semester he/she is eligible for the award. For Award A, this is $855 for fall or $1,710 for both fall and spring semesters. For Award B, this is $855 for just spring semester. If the student is awarded Award A, he/she is not eligible for Award B in the following spring semester. The maximum award is $1,710 per academic year. Health insurance coverage purchased for spring semester continues through the summer term for no additional cost.

Students Purchasing UC SHI Coverage for Dependent/Spouse

Students purchasing UC SHI coverage for a dependent or spouse will be charged the full cost of coverage for the academic year on their fall semester bill. These students will receive the maximum total of their award (up to $1,710) on their fall bill. Students who are billed each semester will receive a maximum of $855/semester as applicable.

Important Information

Students who fail to maintain award eligibility will have their award removed. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the program that sponsors their Graduate Assistantship to make sure that the assistantship meets all criteria of the GSHI Award as outlined on the GSHI web page.

Please visit the GSHI web page for award criteria and application deadlines. Direct any questions to