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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. Enrolled students may also enroll dependents (spouses, domestic partners, and students).

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.


2017-2018 Plan Information

Plan Features

Enrollment information: SPRING 2018


  • 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, 2018 – July 31, 2018

Spring rates: 2018

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


The enrollment deadline for spring 2018 has passed. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

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).

Your dental plan ID card

You can access your personalized ID card by logging in to You can then print your card, or save it to your smartphone. When visiting the dentist, provide your ID card or your student ID (including the two leading zeros) instead of your social security number.

Contact Information

Student Health Benefits
Cornell Health (Levels 4 & 6)
110 Ho Plaza
Ithaca, NY 14853