Student Health Plan (SHP)

Current plan

(August 1, 2020 – July 31, 2021)

See all 2020-2021 plan information

COVID-19 testing/treatment

SHP provides coverage for plan members who require testing and/or treatment for COVID-19. See details on our Health Plans page.


Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP) provides platinum-level health insurance coverage to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and their dependents.

Administered by Aetna Student Health, SHP was designed with input from Cornell students to provide access to convenient and comprehensive care on Cornell's Ithaca campus, in New York City, and anywhere else in the U.S or abroad. 

  > See 2020-2021 plan information 

  > Waive your SHP enrollment 

Plan highlights

  • Provides extensive coverage at a reasonable cost for most on- or off-campus health care
  • Provides coverage 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world
  • Includes 90% coverage in the national network with any Aetna participating provider
  • For students in Ithaca, provides coordination of services by Cornell Health and a provider network that includes the local hospital
  • Covers pre-existing health conditions
  • Guards against catastrophic expenses
  • Continues coverage when students have to take a leave of absence
  • Meets or exceeds all F-1 and J-1 visa requirements
  • Meets or exceeds all Federal, State, and American College Health Association standards for health insurance 
  • Exceeds the requirements of the U.S. Affordable Care Act 
  • Includes world-wide emergency travel assistance and air transportation services
  • Offers optional dental and vision plans
  • Provides convenient assistance with enrollment and claims submission through the Student Health Benefits

Annual enrollment & waiver process

Students enrolled in a full-time (non-distance learning) Cornell program are automatically enrolled in SHP each year. (Some students may be eligible for SHP+ instead of SHP.) 

Eligible domestic students may request to waive their enrollment in lieu of alternative insurance that meets Cornell's requirements.  

Learn more about requirements and options for ...

Students who stay enrolled in SHP may choose to enroll dependents in the plan.

Using SHP

SHP has you covered anywhere in the world. Learn more about:

Refer to your plan year information for prescription coverage and other details.


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