Dental & Vision Plans

Optional dental and vision insurance

Student Health Benefits offers optional dental and vision insurance plans to supplement students' health insurance coverage.  

New for 2021-22:  Dental insurance will be provided through MetLife and vision insurance will be provided by VSP.

Dental and vision coverage does not renew automatically.  If you would like to enroll in dental and/or vision coverage, you must enroll during the appropriate open enrollment period.  You are not eligible to enroll in dental or vision coverage for the academic year once the open enrollment deadline has passed.

Fall entrants and continuing students:  July 15, 2021 through August 31, 2021.

Spring entrants:  December 1, 2022  through January 31, 2022

All students are eligible to enroll in the Dental Plan and Vision Plan, whether you are covered by Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP) or a private health insurance plan. Plan enrollees may also choose to enroll dependents (spouses, domestic partners, and students).

NOTE: Student Health Plan Plus (SHP+) members have dental and vision coverage included as a benefit of their plan.

The Dental plan is offered through MetLife, and the Vision plan through VSP. Both are  tailored to fit the needs of Cornell students studying in Ithaca, New York City, or anywhere in the United States or abroad.

Dental Plan 

Cornell's student Dental Plan ...

  • provides preventive and basic coverage at a reasonable price anywhere in the United States
  • includes access to a nationwide Participating Provider Organization (PPO) of approximately 7,000 New York dental provider access points, with more than 80,000 access points nationwide
  • provides support finding dental care when traveling outside the United States
  • offers prescription discounts 

   > Learn more about the Dental Plan

Vision Plan

Cornell's student Vision Plan ...

  • offers value and savings on eye exams, glasses, lens enhancements, contacts, and laser vision correction 
  • includes access to a nationwide network of 101,000 access points, including the largest national network of independent doctors and over 5,000 retail chain locations like Visionworks, Walmart/Sam’s Club, and Costco (find an in-network provider at
  • offers online shopping with benefit integration: For members who prefer to shop online, you can connect your benefits and shop in-network at Eyeconic®—the VSP authorized online retailer
  • provides in-network and out-of-network coverage

   > Learn more about the Vision Plan


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