Student Health Fee

Health fee refunds

Refunds for the Student Health Fee are not available for Spring 2020. The health fee helps fund Cornell Health’s medical and mental health services, which continue to be available to students – anywhere in the United States – through free telehealth appointments
Learn more here.

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: 

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.