2019-2020 SHP Plan Information

COVID-19 testing / treatment coverage

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

SHP overview & enrollment

Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP) is administered by Aetna Student Health, with oversight from Cornell's Student Health Benefits office. 

Visit our main Student Health Plan page for a general overview of SHP's benefits, and to learn about the annual SHP enrollment and waiver process.

2019-2020 plan documents

>> Opt in to receive plan information by email rather than by mail (to be done annually).

ID card

  • Print your SHP ID card 
  • Please note that your card will not be mailed to you
  • Allow 5-7 days following your enrollment to access your ID card online

Coverage dates

  • Annual: August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020
  • Spring semester only: January 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020 (available only to new spring admits)


2019-2020 Plan Term (August 1, 2019  – July 31, 2020):

  • Student: $3,108
  • Spouse / Domestic Partner: $3,108
  • One Child: $3,108
  • Two or More Children: $6,216

Spring 2020 Plan Term (January 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020)

Available only to new spring admits

  • Student: $1,813
  • Spouse / Domestic Partner: $1,813
  • One Child: $1,813
  • Two or More Children: $3,626

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Billing dates & payment options

Academic-year students are automatically billed for the entire SHP premium in mid-July, prior to when their SHP coverage begins on August 1. Spring students are automatically billed for the spring-term SHP premium in mid-December, prior to when their SHP coverage begins on January 1.

The SHP premium will appear on students' Bursar bills. See Bursar bill payment options here. Students who wish to pay their SHP premium in installments may contact the Office of the Bursar to set up a payment plan. 

Note: If students waive their SHP enrollment after they are billed for SHP, the premium will be reimbursed to their Bursar bill. 

Financial aid & health-related costs

If you apply for and receive financial aid from Cornell, your award will be based upon the estimated cost of attendance, which – for 2019-2020 – includes $219 per semester toward "health-related costs."

This goes toward the SHP premium (or, if you waive SHP and pay the Student Health Fee instead, covers the health fee). SHP enrollees may request a loan for the difference between the SHP premium and the amount included in your cost of attendance. Please consult the Financial Aid Information for Newly Admitted Students for more information. Note: students enrolled in SHP+ will NOT receive the $219/semester contribution toward health-related costs, since SHP+ costs are covered.

Copays & coverage

Copays at Cornell Health in Ithaca: 

  • $10 copay for most medical and mental health visits (some visits have no charge) 

     > Learn more about using SHP at Cornell Health

Typical copays at other participating ("in-network") providers:

  • $25 for routine medical visits (tests and procedures will cost more)
  • $50 for urgent care visits (tests and procedures will cost more)
  • $10 for mental health visits

     > Find participating providers anywhere in the U.S.

Emergency care (any provider):

  • $100 copay for emergency room visits
  • No copay for medically necessary ambulance transports

Other services:

Refer to your 6-page SHP Summary of Benefits and Coverage (pdf) for coverage details for other services, procedures, and tests. 

Or, log in to the Aetna Member website for cost estimates for common procedures, diagnostic tests, and office visits. Find instructions here.

Finding participating providers

When seeking medical or mental health care anywhere in the United States, you will get the best coverage by seeing an Aetna participating (or "in-network") provider / facility. (See copays above.)

Visit Find Participating Providers for details and instructions.

SHP also provides coverage for non-participating providers, usually with a $400 plan year deductible and then a 30% co-insurance.

Prescription coverage 

When using a participating pharmacy, SHP members generally have a $12 copay/prescription for generic drugs, a $40 copay/prescription for preferred brand drugs, and a $60 copay/prescription for non-preferred brand drugs & specialty drugs. When seeing a non-participating provider, members will be responsible for a 30% coinsurance. Refer to your SHP Summary of Benefits and Coverage for details.

Refer to Aetna's website for information about finding participating pharmacies, setting up home delivery, and acquiring specialty medications

Using SHP abroad

SHP provides medical coverage and travel assistance services for you when you are outside of the United States. All benefits are available to you at the participating provider care level. Learn more at Using SHP Abroad.

    Aetna member resources

    Register with Aetna Navigator, Aetna's secure member's portal, for tools and resources to help you manage your benefits and save money. By logging into Aetna Navigator, you can:

    • Access plan information and claim Explanation of Benefits (EOB) statements
    • Estimate the cost of common health care services and procedures 
    • Research the price of a drug and learn if there are alternatives
    • Take advantage of discount programs and services including: Aetna's Smoking Cessation Program; the Beginning Right Maternity Program; vision services; health and exercise programs and equipment; chiropractic visits; nutrition services; and more

    Your 1095-B tax filing form

    In compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s Individual Shared Responsibility provision, all individuals covered under the Cornell Student Health Plan are required by law to furnish a taxpayer identification number to Cornell, either as a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Tax ID Number (ITIN). 

    We use the taxpayer identification number when we submit completed 1095-B forms to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on behalf of all individuals who were enrolled in a Cornell Student Health Plan (SHP or SHP+) during that year. This reporting requirement verifies that plan members had insurance that provides minimum essential coverage. (The ACA requires that everyone have minimum essential coverage, or qualify for an exemption, or you may be required to make a payment on your federal income tax return.)

    Providing your SSN / ITIN to the university

    Please make sure that the University Registrar has your SSN or ITIN on record: Log in to your Student Center account to check that your SSN/ITIN number is listed correctly.

    If you have not yet provided the Registrar with your SSN / ITIN, please do so by December 31 using one of the following methods:

    • In person - Visit the Office of the University Registrar, located at B7 Day Hall, and bring a copy of your original social security card or taxpayer/ITIN letter and two forms of identification.
    • By fax - Fax a copy of your original social security card to 607-255-6262. Include your full name, 7-digit Cornell ID number, dates of attendance at Cornell, email address, and phone number where we may reach you.

    If you do not have an SSN or ITIN, please refer to this website for assistance.

    International students: We understand that international students and their families who are not receiving fellowship payments or wages will not be eligible to apply for a ITIN or SSN, and therefore will not be able to supply this tax identification number to the university. If this is your situation, you may ignore this information.

    Requesting your 1095-B form from Student Health Benefits

    1095-B forms are not automatically mailed to students as they are not required for filing your federal tax return.

    However, if you would like a copy of your 1095-B form for your state tax return or your own records, you may request a copy from Student Health Benefits. Please visit our Your 1095-B Form webpage for instructions.