Academic-Year Health Fee

Student Health Fee

Cornell's Student Health Fee gives Ithaca students with private (non-Cornell) insurance plans pre-paid access to campus health services, and helps support campus-wide health initiatives. See Ithaca Health Fee for more background information.

2019-2020 health fee

The university's Student Health Fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is $219 / semester, charged to students' Bursar accounts before the start of each semester.

Coverage dates 

Your health fee benefits apply at Cornell Health during the following date ranges: 

  • Academic year: August 1 – July 31
  • Fall semester only: August 1 – January 15
  • Spring semester only: January 16 – July 31

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.

Who pays the health fee

Full-time academic-year students in Ithaca who are not enrolled in a Cornell student health plan (SHP or SHP+) are automatically charged the Student Health Fee at the beginning of each semester.


  • Students participating in off-campus programs
  • Part-time and non-degree students 

Not sure if the health fee applies to you?

Please contact us to speak with a Student Health Benefits staff member.

Health fee refunds

Students whose status changes after paying the health fee may receive a refund if they ...

  • are away from the Ithaca campus for a full semester (100% refund per semester away from campus)
  • enroll in a Cornell student health plan (SHP or SHP+) effective from the beginning of the fall semester (100% refund) or from the beginning of the spring semester (50% refund)
  • take a leave of absence or withdraw from Cornell (refunds are prorated based on the university’s tuition adjustment schedule for withdrawals and leaves of absence)