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Automatic SHP enrollment

Each year, all full-time registered students* (as defined and reported by the University Registrar) are automatically enrolled in Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP) as part of Cornell's policy requiring students to have quality health insurance. Students may choose to enroll dependents in the plan.

SHP is a platinum-level plan designed specifically to support the health care needs of Cornell students in Ithaca, New York City, or anywhere else you might live, study, or travel. Learn more about SHP

*Exceptions: Summer program students and students on leave / in absentia have different requirements.

Waiving SHP

Eligible students who have alternate health insurance that meets Cornell's requirements may apply to waive their SHP coverage. The waiver application period for new spring 2018 students is December 1-31, 2017.

Who can waive:

  • Domestic undergraduate students
  • Domestic self-paying graduate students
  • Domestic professional students

> Visit the Domestic Students page for waiver instructions <

Not eligible to waive:

Other students:

Please visit the links in the left-hand menu bar for special information for summer students, early start / pre-orientation students, students studying outside of Ithaca, and students on leave or studying in absentia.


Some students may be eligible for Cornell's Student Health Plan–Medicaid (SHP-M). Learn more about eligibility and enrollment.


You may also choose to participate in Cornell's dental and vision plans, whether or not you enroll in SHP. Learn more at Dental Plan and Vision Plan


Please contact Cornell's Office of Student Health Benefits. We are here to help you make the best decision for your personal health care needs.


Contact Information

Student Health Benefits
Cornell Health
110 Ho Plaza, Level 6
Ithaca, NY 14853