Cornell University

Health Insurance

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Contact Information

Office of Student Health Benefits
95 Pine Tree Road,
Suite 210
East Hill Office Building
Ithaca, NY 14850


Health Insurance Requirement

All full-time 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.

Domestic Students:

  • 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 student health fee instead of the SHP premium.
  • Some students may be eligible for Cornell's Student Health Plan Plus (SHP+), and are exempt from enrolling in SHP or paying the health fee.
  • Fully-funded graduate students: Cornell University provides SHP to you as a benefit of your funding. You will see a credit for the SHP premium on your fall or spring Bursar bill.

International Students:

Tips & Topics

  • Health coverage for partners & children

    The Office of Student Health Benefits can help students enrolled in Cornell's Student Health Plan explore health coverage options for their dependents (i.e., spouse/domestic partner and children). Options may include SHP, or another NY State plan that meets your family's needs. 

  • Optional dental and vision plans

    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.