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Contact Information

Office of Student Health Benefits
312 College Avenue, Suite A
Ithaca, NY 14850
Tel: (607) 255-6363
Fax: (607) 254-5221


Health Insurance Requirement

All Cornell students are required to have adequate health insurance. You will be automatically enrolled in Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP), unless you waive your enrollment for an alternate insurance plan (see below).

Domestic Students:

International Students:

Please visit the Office of Student Health Benefits website for more information about:

Tips & Topics

  • Consider enrolling in an optional dental and/or vision plan

    All students are eligible to enroll in Cornell's dental and vision plans, regardless of what other health insurance you have. Learn more about the benefits of these optional plans, and how to enroll.

  • Finanical aid and health-related costs

    If you apply for and receive financial aid from Cornell, your award will be based upon the estimated cost of attendance, which includes $358 toward "health-related costs." This covers the $179/semester student health fee, or—if you enroll in SHP—$358 toward the SHP premium. Those who enroll in SHP may request a loan for the difference between the SHP premium and the $358 that is included in your cost of attendance. Please consult the Financial Aid Information for Newly Admitted Students for more information.