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Contact Information

Office of Student Health Benefits
110 Ho Plaza
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: (607) 255-6363
Fax: (607) 254-5221


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:

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:

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.