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Health Plans

Cornell offers two comprehensive health plans developed specifically for Cornell students: 

  1. Student Health Plan (SHP)

    The Student Health Plan (SHP) is a platinum-level plan that excellent coverage to Cornell students (and their dependents) on Ithaca's campus, and anywhere else you might live, study, or travel. The plan was developed with oversight from students on Cornell's Student Health Benefits Advisory Committee (formerly the Student Insurance Advisory Committee).

    Each year, all academic-year students are automatically enrolled in SHP. Domestic students with alternate insurance that meets Cornell's requirements may apply to waive their enrollment.

    > Learn more about SHP

  2. Student Health PlanMedicaid (SHP-M)

    Cornell undergraduate, professional, and self-paying graduate students who are enrolled in, or eligible for, a New York State Medicaid plan may be eligible for Cornell's Student Health PlanMedicaid (SHP-M).

    > Learn more about SHP-M

Optional Dental & Vision Plans

Students may also choose to enroll in Cornell's optional dental and / or vision plan, whether or not they enroll in SHP or SHP-M. Learn more at Dental Plan and Vision Plan.


If you have questions, or need additional information, 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, and to get the most out of your plan benefits.

Contact Information

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