Benefits

student health and counseling | leaves | FSA for dependent care

Student Health and Counseling

All registered UCSF students have access to in-clinic healthcare services provided by UCSF Student Health and Counseling. However, students must be enrolled in the Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan (GSHIP) to get medical, mental health, dental, vision, prescription, and travel insurance coverage. For further details on insurance enrollment and benefits visit UCSF Student Health and Counseling, phone 415/476-1281.

PhD Student Leaves Policy

Students shall work with their program administrator and advisor to ensure that any leave of absence is minimally disruptive to their academic progression.

Parental Leave
Registered PhD students receiving financial support from the University may take up to ten weeks of paid parental leave in relation to childbirth, the adoption of a child, or the placement of a foster child under their care.

PhD students shall continue to receive their current level of support during the ten weeks of paid parental leave regardless of the fund source. In the event the fund source does not provide ten full weeks of paid leave, it shall be the responsibility of the student's graduate program to provide the additional funding required. (New parents will also want to see information on Graduate Division childcare grants.)

Medical/Family Leave
Registered PhD students may take up to four weeks of paid leave in relation to their own serious health condition or to care for a family member* who has a serious health condition. Students receiving financial support from the University, regardless of the funding source, shall continue to receive their current level of support during this period. In the event the fund source does not provide four weeks of paid leave, it shall be the responsibility of the student's graduate program to provide the additional funding required.

*For the purpose of this leave policy “family member” is defined as one’s mother, father, sister, brother, parent-in-law, spouse, domestic partner, parent of domestic partner, grandparent, grandchild, child, step or foster child (including children of domestic partner).

Unpaid Leave
To augment either period of paid leave above, registered PhD students may take up to two additional weeks of unpaid leave upon the approval of their program.

This revised policy (effective September 1, 2014) supersedes policies of funding agencies, departments, and programs. Note that the parental leave policy at UCSF currently exceeds that of other UC campuses.

For questions regarding graduate student health insurance coverage for medical expenses related to pregnancy and delivery, please contact Student Health Services, phone 415/476-1281.

DepCare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for Students with Payroll Appointments

· Who is eligible?: Graduate student researchers (GSRs) and teaching assistants (TAs)
· Who is covered?: You and your eligible family members
· Who pays?: You

The DepCare FSA for students with a GSR or TA payroll appointment allows you to pay for eligible expenses for the care of your child/children or eligible adult dependent(s) on a pretax basis. As a result, your salary is reduced before taxes are assessed, and you pay less in taxes. The DepCare FSA for academic student employees is designed to serve the academic student employees (ASEs) represented by the UAW as well as non-represented academic student employees, including GSRs and TAs.

The way Depcare FSA works is simple:

· Determine the amount you wish to contribute
· Complete the enrollment form (pdf)
· Email the form to [email protected]
· The contribution amount you choose is taken from your pay each month
· You pay your dependent care expenses as usual
· You submit a claim form and copies of your dependent care receipts to CONEXIS*
· Remember, you forfeit any money you don't use. So, do calculate your contributions carefully!

Read more about this benefit on the website of the UC Office of the President.

*Not to be confused with "Connexxus," the UC travel portal.