Student Health Fee
For students in Ithaca
Students on Cornell's Ithaca campus have pre-paid access to services at Cornell Health through either:
- A portion of their student health plan premium
- OR -
- A Student Health Fee (for students with private insurance plans)
What that means ...
Ithaca students who are not enrolled in a Cornell student health plan (SHP or SHP+) are automatically assessed a Student Health Fee (with some exceptions). Learn more:
Fall 2020 health fee opt-in for Ithaca students in NY State:
Students who are enrolled on Cornell's Ithaca campus, but engaged in distance-learning in New York State, may elect to opt in to the Student Health Fee to access Cornell Health's telehealth services for no additional copay/charge. Learn more here.
What you get with the health fee
When visiting Cornell Health, students who pay the Student Health Fee have ...
- A $10 COPAY for most medical and mental health visits (some visits have no charge)
- No additional charges for x-rays, procedures, and lab tests performed at Cornell Health
Please see Cornell Health's Cost for Service page for complete details.
Why a health fee?
University health fees are per-capita administrative fees used to fund on-campus health services. Typically, they are put in place because universities want to provide all students with access to on-campus care, regardless of restrictions of their private insurance plans.
Cornell University implemented a Student Health Fee on its Ithaca campus in 2015 to give students with private insurance plans the same pre-paid access to care at Cornell Health that Student Health Plan members have, increasing access to care for thousands of students. The health fee also helps support campus-wide health initiatives that benefit the whole community.
Health fees are standard practice at universities nation-wide. Among Cornell's Ivy Plus peers, health fees range from $500 to $1,000 a year.