Cornell University requires students to have quality health insurance. Each year, all full-time registered students are automatically enrolled in Cornell’s Student Health Plan (SHP). Insurance coverage is administered by Aetna and comes with a variety of benefits. Please be sure to review all information on the Office of Student Health Benefits website. Some of the highlights of the plan can be found below and more details are here.

About the Student Health Plan (SHP)

How to waive your SHP enrollment

Eligible U.S. students may waive their SHP enrollment if they have alternate insurance that meets Cornell’s requirements.

  • How to waive
  • Information for international students                                                                                                                                                                                      

Optional Vision and Dental Plans

Please note that students are not automatically enrolled in dental or vision plans. Students may enroll in Cornell’s dental and vision plans, regardless of what health insurance they have. To learn more about dental or vision coverage, please visit

Coverage Dates

August 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

*Students enrolled in the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program are covered from the beginning of their program in May.

SHP ID Cards

We strongly recommend that all students carry a copy of their insurance card. To print a copy of your card, visit Select your school and scroll down to “Print Your ID Card.”

More information

Find details about Cornell’s student plans, the SHP waiver process, and options for dependents on Cornell’s Student Health Benefits website: You may also contact the Office of Student Health Benefits at 607-255-6363 or email at