Waive Your SHP Enrollment

Annual waiver process

Automatic SHP enrollment: Each year, students enrolled in a full-time Cornell program are automatically enrolled in Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP) as part of university policy requiring all students to have quality health insurance. (Exception: Some students may be eligible for SHP+)

Waiving SHP: Eligible students who have alternate health insurance that meets Cornell's requirements may apply to waive their SHP enrollment. Students who retain their own insurance must submit a waiver application annually.

Before submitting a waiver application ...

  1. Confirm that your health insurance meets Cornell's requirements (non-New York state-based HMOs not accepted)

  2. Understand that waiver applications are not accepted from:
    • International students, who are required to maintain their SHP enrollment (with some exceptions)
    • Fully funded graduate students, who have SHP provided as a benefit of their program
    • Student Health Plan Plus (SHP+) enrollees, who do not need to waive SHP

  3. Make sure your plan compares well with SHP and provides the coverage you want and need (TIP: Compare your plan's Summary of Benefits and Coverage with SHP's Summary of Benefits and Coverage) ​​​​​​

  4. ITHACA STUDENTS: Understand that if your waiver is approved, you will pay a Student Health Fee (gives you the same pre-paid access to care at Cornell Health as SHP members have, with a $10 copay for most visits)

Submitting a waiver application

New Spring 2021 students may submit a waiver application between December 1, 2020 and January 15, 2021.


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