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CU Requirements

Mandatory Quality Health Insurance

Access to health care and adequate health insurance are essential to your health, and to your ability to achieve your goals at Cornell.

That's why Cornell's Board of Trustees instituted a policy requiring all students to have quality health insurance. Since 1974, this policy has proven to serve students well. It gives you, and your family, the peace of mind that comes from knowing you are well-insured.

> Learn more at Cornell Policy.

Annual Enrollment / Waiver Process

To ensure that all students have adequate coverage, full-time registered students (as defined and reported by the University Registrar) are automatically enrolled in Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP) each year.

Students who can demonstrate that they have alternate health insurance that meets Cornell's criteria may request to waive the requirement to enroll in SHP. Learn more about this annual process at  Enroll or Waive.

Exceptions:

Student Health Fee

Students who waive their SHP enrollment pay a Student Health Fee that gives them pre-paid access to care at Cornell Health, and helps support the health and well-being of the entire campus.

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Contact Information

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