Student Health Plan Plus

Current plan

(August 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022)

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 Plus (SHP+) provides health, dental, and vision coverage to eligible students for no annual fee. 

Students enrolled in SHP+ are enrolled in two plans simultaneously: a Cornell student health plan administered by Aetna Student Health, and Fee-for-Service (aka "regular") Medicaid provided by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).

Learn more under "plan highlights" below.


You are eligible to participate in SHP+ if you are:

  • A full-time Cornell University undergraduate, professional, or self-paying graduate student studying on the Ithaca campus
  • A New York State resident 
  • Enrolled in (or eligible for) Medicaid in New York State
    (If you have questions about enrollment in or eligibility for Medicaid, please contact us at 607-255-5467 or

International students: In rare cases, international students may be eligible for SHP+, but are strongly advised to consult with Global Cornell before applying.

Dependents: Student dependents (spouses, partners, children) are not eligible to enroll in SHP+. 

Plan highlights

  • Has no annual fee/premium for students (the premium is fully covered by the NYSDOH)
  • Has cost-shares (e.g., copays and coinsurance) resembling Medicaid (no charge for medical care, mental health care, and routine dental and vision care when seeing a participating provider)
  • Fully meets (and exceeds) Cornell's health insurance requirements
  • Provides coverage 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world
  • Includes coverage in the national network with any Aetna participating provider (including Cornell Health)
  • For students in Ithaca, provides coordination of services by Cornell Health staff and a provider network that includes the local hospital
  • Includes dental and vision benefits
  • Covers pre-existing health conditions
  • Guards against catastrophic expenses
  • 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 
  • Provides convenient assistance with enrollment through the Student Health Benefits


The first step to enrolling in SHP+ is to email or call 607-255-5467 to request information.

You will be asked to complete a survey and to authorize Student Health Benefits to access your personal identifying information (including your name, date of birth, and social security number).  You will also need to provide information about your Medicaid Managed Care Plan enrollment.  This information will be sent to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) in order to verify your enrollment status in New York State Medicaid.

If you are approved by NYSDOH, we will enroll you in SHP+. Enrolling in SHP+ (administered by Aetna Student Health) will result in your disenrollment from your current Medicaid Managed Care plan. This may result in a change of in-network Medicaid providers. 

Once enrolled, it will be your responsibility to keep your enrollment in Medicaid active.

SHP+ contact information

If you would like to learn more about SHP+, or would like to speak to someone about your eligibility or possible enrollment, please email us at or call 607-255-5467.