Waive Your SHP Enrollment


Automatic SHP enrollment: Each year, students enrolled in a full-time (non-distance learning) 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.

Waiver applications are NOT accepted from ...

Before submitting a waiver application ...

  1. Confirm that your health insurance meets Cornell's requirements (non-New York state-based HMOs not accepted)
  2. Make sure your plan compares well with the Student Health Plan (SHP) and provides the coverage you want and need:
  3. 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 appointments)

Submitting a waiver application

The FALL 2019 DEADLINE to submit a waiver application was July 31, 2019. Late waiver applications were accepted through August 31, with a $100 late fee,

If you want to cancel your SHP enrollment after August 31, please visit our Cancelling SHP page.

Cornell's waiver application process is maintained through Gallagher Student Health


Please contact Student Health Benefits at 607-255-6363 or studentbenefits@cornell.edu. We're here to help!