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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.

SHP is a platinum-level plan designed specifically to support the health care needs of Cornell students on campus, off campus, and anywhere in the world. Learn more about SHP

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

2017-2018 waiver process information will be posted in late April/early May

Spring 2017 waiver process

The deadline to submit a waiver application was December 31, 2016. Please contact our office if you have any questions.

(New spring-semester students only)

Eligible students who have alternate health insurance that meets Cornell's requirements may apply to waive their SHP coverage. The waiver application period begins on December 1; the deadline to submit a waiver is December 31, 2016

Ithaca students whose waivers are approved pay a student health fee to support access to health services on campus.

Who can waive:

  • Domestic undergraduate students (new spring students only)
  • Domestic self-paying graduate students (new spring students only)
  • Domestic professional students (new spring students only)

> Visit the Domestic Students page for waiver information

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.


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
312 College Avenue, Suite A
Ithaca, NY 14850 [map]