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.