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Dental Plan

Would you benefit from dental coverage?

Every Cornell University student is eligible to enroll in this optional dental insurance plan, whether you are covered by Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP) or another health insurance plan.

The plan ...

  • has been tailored to fit the needs of Cornell students.
  • provides preventive and basic coverage at a reasonable price.
  • is offered through Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. of New York.
  • provides access to a nationwide Participating Provider Organization (PPO) of approximately 7,000 New York dental provider access points, with over 80,000 access points nationwide.


2016-2017 Plan Information

Please scroll down for 2015-2016 information.

Plan Features

Enrollment information: FULL YEAR


  • Enrolled academic-year students at Cornell, and their dependents

Coverage dates

  • August 17, 2016 – July 31, 2017

Annual rates: 2016 – 2017

  • Student: $278
  • Spouse/domestic partner: additional $294
  • One or more children: additional $447

Enrollment information: SPRING ONLY


  • Enrolled students (and their dependents) entering Cornell for the first time in the spring
  • Enrolled students (and their dependents) returning to Cornell in the spring after a fall semester off campus (restrictions apply for students who were eligible to enroll in the fall, but chose not to)

Coverage dates: 

  • January 1, 2017 – July 31, 2017

Spring rates: 2017

  • Student: $185
  • Spouse/Domestic partner: additional $196
  • One or more children: additional $299


The deadline to enroll was January 31, 2017. Please contact us if you have any questions.

First Ameritas Prescription Discount

People who enroll in First Ameritas dental or vision plans can save on prescription medications – for themselves, their covered dependents, even their pets. This  program is offered at no additional cost, and it is not insurance. To learn more, read the First Ameritas Prescription Savings information (pdf) and FAQ (pdf).

Contact Information

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