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. 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.


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 or 2021-22 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
    • 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 "Student Health Services"
  • 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

The following documentation must be included with your application in order for it to be processed: 

For Services Already Received:

  • 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
  • Documentation of Charity Care received (if available from provider)

For Services Not Yet Received:

  • Estimate of cost of services from provider
  • Description of Insurance Coverage as it relates to needed service (if covered by insurance other than UC SHIP)
    • Insurance plans provide a description of covered benefits online for members to access
  • Documentation of Charity Care anticipated (if available from provider)