Ithaca College requires all matriculated undergraduate and graduate students to maintain health insurance coverage throughout the academic year. For the 2023-2024 academic year, Ithaca College has partnered with Aetna Student Health to provide a comprehensive student health insurance plan (SHIP) for students. University Health Plans manages the waiver and enrollment process for Ithaca College. The benefit information is available in the left-hand side navigation menu.
Cost, Coverage Periods and Waiver Deadline Dates
|Annual Students||New Spring Students|
|Coverage Dates||8/10/23 - 8/9/24||1/1/24 - 8/9/24|
Includes broker administration fee of $66 for annual coverage and $40 for spring coverage.
The 2023-2024 waiver deadline has passed. The waiver appeal form will be available using the waiver form link on the left-hand side of this page until October 15, 2023.
Students are encouraged to complete the enrollment form located in the left-hand side navigation menu. Although students are automatically charged for the SHIP, students will not be enrolled by Ithaca until after the waiver deadline date. Students that plan to accept the SHIP should confirm enrollment by completing the enrollment form as soon as possible to avoid delay of their health insurance benefits and access to the online ID card.
Ithaca College Health Insurance Requirements
To ensure students have health insurance, all students are initially charged on their student account for SHIP. Students with other existing comparable coverage must submit an online waiver form and provide proof of other health insurance coverage prior to the waiver deadline.
The following are the minimum benefits your plan must provide:
In addition to the above requirements, it is strongly recommended students have an insurance company that includes Cayuga Medical Center in their provider network. Cayuga Health provides the Student Health Services on campus and students are billed for services not covered by insurance.
Ithaca College requires you to maintain your health insurance throughout the policy year.
Domestic Student Waiver Process
If you are covered by a comprehensive health insurance plan that meets the above insurance requirements you can opt-out of the SHIP by completing the waiver form, located in the left-hand side navigation menu. Before waiving, we encourage you to compare the SHIP to your other plan.
Consider the following:
Students covered by out-of-state HMOs should contact their insurance company and apply for an out-of-area rider. Most major insurance companies offer these riders specifically for college students away from home.
Students that are New York residents and insured by Medicaid should ensure their Medicaid extends to Tompkins County. If you reside outside of Tompkins County, you are required to ensure your managed care organization extends to Tompkins County. Please call 877-211-8667 to reach the Human Services Coalition call center where students can seek advice on how to update their managed care organization.
Instructions to apply for Medicaid in Tompkins County: Students can call 877-211-8667 to reach the Human Services Coalition call center where students book appointments to apply for Medicaid. If qualification can be established using tax returns, approval takes only a few days and coverage back dates to the first day of the month of application. If managed care is needed, those dates vary based on application date.
International Student Waiver Process
Prior to purchasing an alternative health insurance plan, please contact University Health Plans at firstname.lastname@example.org. University Health Plans will complete the assessment of your health insurance plan to ensure it meets Ithaca College requirements.
International students insured by a comprehensive health insurance plan that meets the above insurance requirements can opt-out of the SHIP by completing the waiver form, located in the left-hand side navigation menu. Waiver forms are reviewed and will be denied if the other plan does not meet the Ithaca College insurance requirements.
Please note that health insurance plans marketed solely to international students typically do not meet Ithaca College insurance requirements.
Why Do I Need Health Insurance?
Ithaca College strives to provide a safe and healthy educational experience to its students. Unexpected illness or injury can cause a significant, and sometime irrecoverable, financial burden to students and families. Ithaca College works with insurers to obtain a quality health insurance plan that balances initial premium costs with out-of-pocket expenses for medical services. The SHIP rates and coverage are consistently more affordable than individual students or families would otherwise be able to obtain on their own. We are able to do this by pooling the risk among many students that are in the healthy 18-24 year old age category.
Ithaca College’s negotiated SHIP, at $3,066* per year, provides comprehensive coverage while limiting the cost to students for routine visits and prescriptions as well as preventing a catastrophic expense for major accidents and hospitalizations. Without the SHIP, or comparable coverage, students could face a significant bill for seemingly routine visits.
Ithaca College realizes the impact these additional costs can have on families. The College does not make any money from the SHIP; it is offered solely as an option for students and families who do not have the appropriate health insurance coverage. Our goal is to provide students the opportunity to receive quality health care services while minimizing the risk for unsurmountable medical bills.
For waiver, enrollment, eligibility, general benefit questions or plan issues contact University Health Plans at 833-250-8996 or email@example.com
For specific benefit or claims questions contact Aetna Student Health at 866-381-1529.