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Summer Success Program & Early Start

Group circle outside on the grass.Your participation in the Summer Success Programs at UC San Diego qualifies you for some great health care benefits. First, you have access to Student Health Services (SHS) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) through a program called SHS/CAPS Summer Access. SHS and CAPS provide primary care and brief mental health services at no cost or for a small fee per service, depending on the service.

You are also eligible for insurance coverage through the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP). UC SHIP includes benefits for emergency care, preventative care, primary and specialty care, and many other important health care needs. UC SHIP also includes dental and vision coverage.

Forms & Information

What is the cost?

There is no cost to you for the SHS/CAPS Summer Access Program, however if you use any services at SHS or CAPS, you may be responsible those services, depending on the services you received. A one-time access fee of $70 will be posted to your account to be enrolled in this program. Programs that offer students full or partial scholarships may cover this fee. Please confirm with your program's leadership prior to making a personal payment of the $70 fee. Any additional fees incurred as a result of a visit to SHS will be your responsibility to pay.

The cost for UC SHIP will vary depending on the start date of your Summer Success Program. You are responsible for the cost of this insurance unless you opt out of the coverage because you have other insurance already. Refer to the EARLY START UC SHIP section below.

What services are included with the SHS/CAPS Summer Access Program?


  • Scheduled appointments at SHS for care of illness or injury – NO COST
  • "In-house" laboratory tests at SHS for care of illness or injury (i.e. tests not sent to an outside laboratory) – refer to SHS website for list of included lab tests – NO COST
  • X-ray services at SHS for care of illness or injury – ONLY $20 EACH X-RAY
  • Access to SHS Urgent Care – ONLY $20 PER VISIT


  • Brief psychotherapy and psychiatry services at CAPS – NO COST

What services are NOT included with SHS/CAPS Summer Access Program?

Although the following services are not included in this program, students may still receive these services at SHS, however, the student is responsible for all charges:

  • Laboratory tests drawn at SHS but sent to an outside lab provider
  • Special or elective procedures and tests
  • Prescriptions and over-the-counter medications
  • Immunizations, supplies, and optometry services
  • Routine health clearances and administrative exams
  • Services obtained outside of SHS or CAPS
  • Services not listed under "What is included"

Important Details about SHS/CAPS Summer Access Program

  • SHS/CAPS Summer Access IS NOT health insurance.
  • If you require additional services that are not available at SHS/CAPS, a referral to a community provider may be provided.
  • UCSD Summer Access does not include SHS/CAPS services at other UC campuses.
  • You may obtain an itemized statement of SHS charges to file a claim with your own private insurance.

When does the 2023 Summer Access Program begin?

8/7/2023 for Summer Bridge, PATH, and Summer Engineering Institute

Early Start UC SHIP

Since your Summer Success Program begins prior to the start fall quarter, you are eligible for the Early Start UC SHIP (ES UC SHIP) which provides insurance coverage for the period before fall quarter starts. There is a quarterly fee for the UC SHIP plus a one-time supplement fee for ES UC SHIP. The cost for UC SHIP is $743 per quarter. The cost of the ES UC SHIP will vary depending on your program start date. Refer to the Early Start UC SHIP Agreement form for cost information.

Students enrolling in the ES UC SHIP must remain enrolled in UC SHIP for fall quarter. If you enroll in the ES UC SHIP coverage and later waiver UC SHIP during the FALL 2023 waiver period, your waiver will be denied for fall quarter.

You must complete a MANDATORY Health Insurance Agreement form to opt in to the school insurance offering. To waive the insurance requirements, a health fee waiver must be filed on Triton Link using your coverage information.

If a waiver is not submitted, the student will automatically be enrolled in the school offered insurance and will remain on the insurance through the Fall 2023 quarter.

Health Insurance Agreement Form Priority Deadline

***IF OPTING OUT, a health fee waiver must be submitted via Triton Link by these dates also. If you are approved for a health fee waiver — you will be waived for the entire academic school year.

Summer Success Program Effective ES SHIP Dates ES Form Due*
SUMMER BRIDGE 8/7/2023 – 9/24/2023 July 17, 2023
PATH-Academy in the Arts & Humanities 8/7/2023 – 9/24/2023 July 17, 2023
Summer Engineering Institute 8/7/2023 – 9/24/2023 July 17, 2023

*Form submitted to Summer Success Coordinators via email or Maybelline at

For more information about access to Student Health Services:

For more information about the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP):

Refer to the website at