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, or are eligible for Cornell’s Student Health Plan-Medicaid (SHP-M)
Self-paying graduate & professional students:
- If you have other insurance that meets Cornell’s requirements and you do not want to stay enrolled in SHP, you may file an online waiver application. (Ithaca students whose waivers are accepted pay a $179/semester student 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.
- International students — You do not need to do anything about this item because Cornell requires all international students to be covered by SHP.
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 July or August Bursar bill (December for spring admits).
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
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.
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.