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Student Health Plan

Gannett Health Services
110 Ho Plaza
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-3101

Tel: 607 255-5155
Fax: 607 255-0269

The Student Health Plan (SHP) has been developed especially for Cornell students (and their dependents) to provide access to consistent, efficient care that complements the health services offered on campus. The details of the plan are reviewed and recommended each year by Cornell’s Student Insurance Advisory Committee (a group of student representatives, university administrator, and health services staff) to ensure that the coverage is well suited to the needs of Cornell students and respectful of their budgets.

SHP is a comprehensive plan that exceeds all of the standards for student health insurance developed by the American College Health Association. The SHP also exceeds the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (U.S. health care reform law). The SHP is underwritten by Aetna Life Insurance Company. For information about what the SHP covers at Cornell, in the Ithaca area and beyond, how to make the most of your benefits, and other aspects of this plan, visit

The SHP is a comprehensive plan that:

  • Provides extensive coverage at a reasonable cost for most on- or off-campus medical care from August 17th through August 16th of the following year.
  • Provides coverage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, anywhere in the world.
  • For students in Ithaca, provides coordination of services by Gannett Health Services and a preferred provider network that includes the local hospital.
  • Covers pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Guards against catastrophic expenses.
  • Continues coverage when students have to take a leave of absence.
  • Meets or exceeds all F-1 and J-1 visa requirements.
  • Includes world-wide travel assistance and emergency air transportation services.
  • Offers optional dental and vision plans for members.
  • Provides convenient assistance with enrollment and claims submission through the Cornell Office of Student Health Benefits.

For more information about the SHP: