UC Davis Health Equity Fund

With the support of campus, the Health Fee Oversight Committee, and the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP), students can apply for financial assistance, in the form of a grant. Funds are available to all students who are experiencing significant out of pocket expenses related to accessing health care, or, to students who have a significant privacy concern as a dependent (e.g., sexual health services). Grants may be requested for expenses that total at least $50. If awarded, students should consult a tax professional to determine if the grant award is taxable.

Questions? Please contact the Insurance Services office at the Student Health and Wellness Center. They can be reached at insurance@shcs.ucdavis.edu.

Additional Support for Mental Health

Additional support has been provided through the University of California President's Emergency Mental Health Grant. Students can request an emergency mental health grant to cover counseling costs related to the Israel - Hamas war. Indicate this need in your Health Equity Fund application.

Health Equity Fund Applicant Eligibility Requirements

  • The student must be currently eligible for services at Student Health and Counseling Services at UC Davis
  • The date of service must be during the 2020-21, 2021-22, 2022-23, or 2023-24 academic year
  • The student must be in good financial standing at the University of California at Davis campus
  • Only expenses related to accessing medically necessary services are eligible for grant consideration. Examples of services include but are not limited to:
    • In-patient care (includes mental health/substance abuse)
    • Diagnostic testing
    • Transportation to/from health care visits (ride-share services such as Uber/Lyft, Amtrak, YoloBus)
    • Out-patient care (includes mental health/substance abuse)
    • Durable Medical Equipment
    • Emergency Medical Transportation
    • Childbirth/Delivery Professional Services
    • Outpatient Surgery
    • Imaging Services (MRI/CT/PET scans)
    • Hospitalization
  • If available, the student must access Charity Care with the medical provider of service before seeking Health Equity Fund relief

Sacramento / Davis Area Charity Care links:


Health Equity Fund Process

Students must complete an application through the Health-e-Messaging system

  • Once logged in, select "Messages"
  • Select "New Message"
  • Select "Health Equity Fund Application"
  • Complete the entire form, including the "Reason for Requesting Funds"

You can add attachments to the message in the following formats: jpeg, pdf

One or more of the following documents must be included with your application in order for it to be processed: 

  • A copy of the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from the insurance company to show what has been covered
  • Copy of the bill from the provider of service indicating any outstanding balance for services already received
  • A receipt of payment from the provider indicating services have already been rendered