Skip to main content

Student Health Plan–Medicaid (SHP–M)

Cornell's Student Health Plan–Medicaid (SHP–M) is offered in lieu of Medicaid – and in partnership with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) – to improve access to affordable health insurance for eligible Cornell students.

The plan was designed specifically Cornell undergraduate, professional, and self-paying graduate students who are enrolled in a New York State Medicaid plan.

SHP–M overview

*NOTE: SHP–M is a separate and distinct plan from the "regular" Student Health Plan (SHP).

For more details, refer to "plan information" below.


You are eligible to participate in this program if you are:

  • A Cornell University undergraduate, professional, or self-paying graduate student studying on the Ithaca campus
  • A New York State resident 
  • Enrolled in (or eligible for) Medicaid in New York State*

*If you have questions about enrollment in or eligibility for Medicaid, please contact the Office of Student Health Benefits at 607 255-6363 or

2017-2018 plan information

The 2017-2018 SHP-M plan term starts on August 1, 2017 and ends July 31, 2018.


>> Submit a 2017–2018 SHP–M interest form

Please note: Submitting an interest form does NOT guarantee that will be enrolled in SHP-M, so you must still complete the standard SHP waiver process.

  • By submitting this form, you are authorizing the Office of Student Health Benefits to access your personal identifying information (including my name, date of birth, and social security number) and to send that information to the New York State Department of Health in order to verify your eligibility for Medicaid.
  • If you are found to be eligible, the Office of Student Health Benefits will enroll you in SHP–M. Enrolling in SHP–M (administered by Aetna Student Health) will result in your disenrollment from your current Medicaid Managed Care plan. This may result in a change of in-network Medicaid providers.
  • Once enrolled, it will be your responsibility to keep your enrollment in Medicaid active. (Please refer to the interest form for more details.)

Already enrolled in SHP-M?

Please refer to our Welcome to SHP–M page.

A note about financial aid

If receive financial aid from Cornell, your award will be based upon the estimated cost of attendance, which – for many students – includes $179 per semester toward "health-related costs." This $179/semester does NOT apply to students enrolled in SHP-M because you are not charged for your health insurance, and you do not pay the Student Health Fee. The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment will revise your financial aid award to remove the aid for health-related expenses.

In the event that – prior to this grant aid revision – your award includes $179/semester for health-related costs, you will owe $179 back to your Bursar account.

Please consult the Financial Aid Information for Newly Admitted Students for more information.

More information

If you would like to learn more about this program, or would like to speak to someone about your eligibility, please contact Cornell's Office of Student Health Benefits:

Phone:    607 255-5467


SHP-M in the news:
Contact Information

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