Early Start Students

Cornell requires all students to have quality health insurance (see Cornell Requirements) for the duration of their academic program.

The following information explains how these requirements apply to new students in early-start programs that begin before August 1, before the official start of the academic year.

Automatic SHP enrollment 

All students enrolled in a full-time residential Cornell program are required to confirm enrollment in SHP or submit a waiver.

Each August, full-time registered students must either confirm enrollment onto SHP or submit a waiver.  Students who do not take action are automatically enrolled in Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP) as part of university policy requiring all students to have quality health insurance. (Exception: NY State Medicaid-eligible students may enroll in the Student Health Plan Plus (SHP+) instead of SHP.)

Eligible students who have alternate health insurance that meets Cornell's requirements may apply to waive their SHP enrollment.

The SHP academic plan year begins on August 1.

If you are a new student whose program begins before August 1 ...

Automatic summer SHP enrollment:

Due to starting coverage mid-way through the plan year, you will be automatically enrolled in SHP for the duration of your summer program, before the academic-year SHP plan begins on August 1. Your summer coverage will begin on the first of the month during which your program begins, and will remain active during each month that your program spans. The monthly premium – applicable for the months during which your coverage is active – will be applied to your Bursar bill.

Your program will provide you with your SHP enrollment dates and premium information. You may also contact us for details. 

May summer students wanting to stay on SHP for the summer and for the upcoming academic year should confirm their enrollment by June 30. If your program starts in June or July, you have until July 31 to confirm your enrollment for the summer and the upcoming academic year.

Waiving SHP:

Domestic students who have alternate health insurance that meets Cornell's requirements may submit an application to waive your SHP enrollment (not available to international students, or fully funded students who must stay enrolled in SHP.) 

2021 waiver application period:

The waiver period begins June 1 and the deadline is June 30. Waiver eligible students who begin classes in May will have until June 30 to submit a waiver and receive a refund for the summer health insurance premium. Students who start in May and waive after June 30, will NOT receive a refund for summer but will receive a waiver for the academic plan year.

If your summer program starts in June or July, you will have until July 31 to complete your waiver for the summer and for the upcoming academic year. Eligible students who do not waive for summer or the upcoming year will remain enrolled on SHP for the summer and will be auto-enrolled on SHP for the academic year. 

IMPORTANT: Your fall 2021 SHP enrollment status

Your waiver will also apply for the coming academic year.

If you choose to stay enrolled in SHP or to waive SHP in lieu of private insurance, your summer enrollment or waiver status will be rolled over for the academic-year SHP term that begins August 1 (you will NOT need to submit a second waiver application). If you want to change your enrollment/ waiver status for the coming academic year, please contact us.

Please note:

Our summer waiver approval and denial decisions will be based on the assumption that students will be attending in-person classes this fall.