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SHIP Benefits

Highlights of the SHIP

The SHIP has been developed especially for Cornell students (and their dependents) to provide access to convenient and efficient care that complements the quality health services offered on campus.  

The SHIP is a comprehensive plan that:

  • Provides extensive coverage at a reasonable cost for most on- or off-campus health 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 health 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.
  • Meets or exceeds all Federal, State, and American College Health Association standards for health insurance. 
  • 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 Office of Student Health Insurance.

Read more about the range of benefits and the ways in which they might meet your needs in the SHIP Overview (pdf).

The SHIP is managed by Aetna Student Health and underwritten by Aetna Life Insurance Company.


Contact Information:

Cornell University Office of Student Health Insurance
409 College Avenue
Suite 211
Ithaca, NY 14850

Phone: 607 255-6363
Fax: 607 254-5221

E-mail: sicu@cornell.edu

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