Academic-Year Health Fee

Spring 2020 refund information

Refunds for the Student Health Fee are not available for students who left campus during the Spring 2020 semester. Learn more here.

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.

2020-2021 health fee

The university's Student Health Fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is $228 / 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)