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).
- If you have other insurance that meets Cornell’s requirements and do not want to stay enrolled in SHP, you may file an online waiver application.
- Ithaca students whose waiver applications are accepted pay a $179/semester student health fee instead of the SHP premium.
- You do not need to do anything about this item because Cornell requires all international students to be covered by SHP.
Please visit the Office of Student Health Benefits website for more information about:
- How to decide if the SHP is the right option for you
- How to use SHP
- How to submit a waiver application
- The student health fee
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.