UCLA to offer free COVID-19 tests to all students at Ashe Center
Students will be able to receive free COVID-19 tests from the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center starting next week, a UCLA student health official confirmed. (Kanishka Mehra/Photo editor)
Oct. 9, 2020 12:29 p.m.
This post was updated Oct. 9 at 1:28 p.m.
UCLA will now offer free COVID-19 tests to all students starting next week, a UCLA student health official confirmed.
The Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center previously charged between $65 to $105 for COVID-19 diagnostic tests, unless the student had the University of California Student Health Insurance Plan and a physician deemed the test medically necessary. The costs varied based on which lab the Ashe Center used to process the test.
However, starting next week, COVID-19 tests will be free for all students regardless of if they have UC SHIP or not, said John Bollard, the interim co-executive director of student health services.
Students without symptoms are also eligible for free testing, Bollard added.
The change in cost does not apply to antibody tests – which will still cost $47 – but the Ashe Center does not perform many antibody tests, Bollard said.
Bollard said in a subsequent emailed statement that the Ashe Center lowered the cost to remove obstacles to testing and avoid confusion.
The free tests, Bollard said, will be self-administered nasal swab tests, which the university has used for testing university housing residents and on campus.
Bollard said the Ashe Center has several labs available to process COVID-19 tests, but did not specify the names of the labs. Bollard also declined to answer how much money each test costs the university – UCLA agreed to keep costs confidential, he said.
Contributing reports from Genesis Qu, Campus politics editor.