Health Insurance Requirement
All Cornell students are required to have adequate health insurance. Each year you will be automatically enrolled in Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP), unless you waive your enrollment for an alternate insurance plan, or are eligible for Cornell's Student Health Plan-Medicaid (SHP-M).
- 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 university health fee to support access to on-campus care.)
- Some students may be eligible for Cornell's Student Health Plan-Medicaid (SHP-M), and are exempt from enrolling in SHP or paying the health fee.
- 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.
Financial 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." The estimated cost of attendance includes the $179/semester student health fee, or—if you enroll in SHP—$358 toward the SHP premium. Note that if you enroll in SHP-M and receive financial aid, your award will be revised to remove the $358 aid, as SHP-M has $0 charge. Please consult Financial Aid Information for Newly Admitted Students for more information.