Ithaca College

2020-2021 Academic Year

This form is for all returning and new incoming students for Fall Term 2020.

The Annual Term waiver deadline was extended to September 11, 2020. The Waiver Appeal Form is now available for students who have other health insurance coverage, but failed to submit the online waiver prior to the posted deadline. Submitting the Waiver Appeal Form does NOT guarantee that the insurance charge will be removed from your student account. You will receive an email approximately 2 weeks after submitting the form stating whether your appeal has been approved.

Dear Students and Parents:

Ithaca College requires all matriculated undergraduate and graduate students to have health insurance. We are pleased to announce that new for the 2020/21 academic year, Ithaca College has partnered with MVP Health Care to provide a plan with comprehensive coverage for IC students.  Please review the Benefit Information via the link in the menu at left hand side of this page.  The plan is administrated by University Health Plans. The charge for one full year of coverage from August 10th, 2020 through August 9th, 2021 is $2,064.00. The charge for Spring Term coverage, January 1st, 2021 through August 9th, 2021 is $1,259.00PLEASE NOTE: You must be a matriculated student at Ithaca College to be eligible to enroll in the insurance plan.

In order to ensure that all students have health insurance coverage, all student accounts will initially be charged for the plan.   If you are a domestic student and wish to opt out of this plan and have the insurance charge removed from your account, you must submit an online waiver form and provide proof of current health insurance coverage prior to the waiver deadline.  THE  ANNUAL TERM WAIVER DEADLINE DATE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 11, 2020.

If you are a returning or new DOMESTIC Student and wish to avoid any delay in establishing benefits or gaps in coverage, you must submit the online enrollment form by August 10, 2020 THE HEALTH INSURANCE FEE WILL BE NON-REFUNDABLE IF NOT WAIVED BEFORE September 11, 2020.

All INTERNATIONAL students and other non-U.S. residents at Ithaca College are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan, but not until the waiver period closes.  Therefore, in order to avoid any delay in establishing benefits or gaps in coverage, we strongly recommend that you complete and submit the International Student enrollment form, which is available via the menu to the left, no later than August 10, 2020. If you are covered by an Embassy Sponsored Program, or a U.S. based health insurance plan with equal or better coverage, you may complete and submit a waiver form, also available in the menu to the left, If you are not covered by an Embassy Sponsored Program or comparable U.S. based health insurance plan, you are NOT allowed to waive.  Please note that the Ithaca College Student Health Insurance Plan meets J1/J2 visa requirements.

If you are covered by your family’s or spouse’s insurance plan, we encourage you to compare the costs, coverage, and benefits of the student health insurance plan to those of your existing plan before making any decision about your health insurance.

Consider the following in making your decision:

  • Students with out of state HMO/PPO or Medicaid plans often incur higher charges when obtaining care outside of the plan’s local service area or network and access to local services in Ithaca may be limited or denied.  
  • Some insurance plans, including out-of-state Medicaid Plans, only cover urgent or emergent care when care is obtained out of network or outside of the plan’s local service area.
  • Some plans do not cover outpatient referrals, or may only cover them after a high deductible or co-payment; this plan can help cover those expenses.
  • This plan includes coverage for preventive and well care services, has a low deductible, and a prescription plan.

If you do elect to waive coverage, we recommend that you provide Ithaca College Student Health Services with a copy of your medical and prescription cards. While this is not required, it will enable Health Center staff to better assist you with your health needs. Please fax a copy of both the front and back of your cards to 607-274-1844, or email a picture to This is not in place of the above mentioned waiver.

You should also be aware that all enrolled and matriculated Ithaca College students are able to access care at the Hammond Health Center regardless of your decision to keep or to waive the student health insurance plan.  There are no charges for most of the services provided at the health center.

Please call University Health Plans at 1-800-437-6448 if you have questions regarding the student health insurance plan.