Vision Plan

Optional vision insurance

Student Health Benefits offers an optional vision insurance plan to supplement students' health insurance coverage.

All students are eligible to enroll in the 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 children).

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

Plan highlights

Cornell's student Dental Plan is offered through Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. of New York. The plan ...

  • is tailored to fit the needs of Cornell students (and their dependents) studying in Ithaca, New York City, or anywhere else in the United States
  • offers savings on eye exams, glasses, contacts, and laser vision surgery 
  • includes access to a nationwide network of 94,000 in-network providers, including more than 21,000 independent locations and more than 6,000 retail locations 
  • offers online in-network options so you can order eyewear and contacts online
  • provides in-network and out-of-network coverage

2020-2021 Plan Information

Visit the Ameritas website for Cornell students for complete plan details.

Coverage Dates

  • Annual: August 1, 2020 – July 31, 2021
  • Spring semester only: January 1, 2021 – July 31, 2021 (available only to new spring admits)


  • 2020-2021 Plan Term (August 1, 2020  – July 31, 2021):
    Student: $142
    Spouse / domestic partner: Additional $128
    One or more children: Additional $85
  • Spring 2021 Plan Term (January 1, 2021 – July 31, 2021):
    (Available only to new spring admits)
    Student: $92
    Spouse / domestic partner: Additional $85
    One or more children: Additional $59

NOTE: Premiums are paid directly to Ameritas, and are no longer Bursar-billable.


  • Annual plan term:
    • Registered Cornell students
    • Dependents (spouse, domestic partner, children) of students enrolled in the Dental Plan
  • Spring semester only:
    • Students entering Cornell for the first time in the spring (and their dependents)
    • 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)


Visit the Ameritas website for Cornell students to enroll.

Once you click on the "Enroll Here" button, enter the Zip code for where you expect to receive care most often (for example: 14850 for the Ithaca campus; 10044 for Cornell Tech). When asked to provide your student ID number, please add “00” before your 7-digit number (for example: 001234567).

  • Fall enrollment deadline: extended to September 6, 2020 at 11:59 pm
  • Enrollment deadline for spring admits: January 31, 2021

Finding participating providers 

> 2020-2021 plan members: find a participating provider here

Enter the zip code where you want to receive care, and select the "Access" network. Visit Ameritas's Find a Provider page for more information and resources.