Current Students

Apply or Renew Aid

September 15, 2015, is the final deadline for undergraduate continuing students (not entering freshmen or entering transfer students) to complete financial aid application materials for the 2015-16 academic year.

If required materials are not received by September 15, 2015, students will not be eligible to apply for Cornell need-based financial aid for the 2015-16 academic year. To view missing documents, students should visit their online Student Center ( and review their To Do List.

Below are the financial aid application requirements if you are a current undergraduate student at Cornell interested in applying for or renewing your financial aid.

Important: Application Requirements Due May 15, 2015

  • If you are enrolling in a summer session, winter session, off-campus program, or are part of a consortium agreement or engineering co-op, find additional instructions about your financial aid situation here. Then follow the steps and deadlines below to apply.
  • Current international students should contact the International Students and Scholars Office regarding their financial aid.

Use our simplified checklist to make sure you've got all the required elements together before submitting your application.

For the most up-to-date version of your requirements, see your Student Center To Do List at

Complete the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online

  • FAFSA is found at
  • Cornell’s FAFSA code is 002711
  • Use the “Link to the IRS” data retrieval tool
  • (For NY residents) HESC Endowed code: 0175, HESC State code: 0174
  • If you are selected for federal verification when you complete your FAFSA, complete the IDOC verification worksheet and submit with your IDOC materials

Complete the 2015-16 College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile online

Following completion of the CSS PROFILE registration process, the College Board will provide the student with instructions and information to pass on to the noncustodial parent.

Prepare your IDOC materials

IDOC is a service that processes aid application materials. You will receive an email from IDOC in early February with detailed instructions. IDOC has implemented an online upload system for 2015-16 (preferred method of submitting materials) and will request that you complete a family information section prior to submitting materials or printing a cover sheet.

Log in to, complete the requested family information, and follow submission instructions. Note that this year you may submit materials electronically (preferred method) or by postal mail, and you can track your document progress.

If you (the student) or your parents will not file a federal tax return for 2014, complete the IDOC non-filing statement for students or IDOC non-filing statement for parents (parents earning income outside the US refer here) and submit with W2s or 1099s.

  • 2014 federal tax return(s) for custodial parent(s)
  • 2014 federal tax return for student
  • 2014 federal tax return(s) for noncustodial parent(s) if parents are divorced, separated, or were never married
    • If the noncustodial parent is re-married, the current spouse’s income information is also required
    • Noncustodial parent taxes may be submitted to Cornell (if not included with the IDOC materials)
  • Financial Aid Application Certification
    • Must be signed by parent and student as part of the aid application
  • Federal Verification Documents, while listed as a requirement on IDOC, should be submitted with IDOC materials ONLY IF the student was selected for federal verification following completion of the FAFSA.

Tax Return Requirements:

  • Must be copies of returns actually filed with the IRS
  • Must include all schedules, such as A, B, C, C-EZ, E, and/or F
  • Must include business returns
  • Must include all W2 forms
  • Foreign tax filers: please provide us with documentation verifying your parents’ annual income for the most recently completed tax year


Why is our deadline important?

The application deadline exists so that we may provide you with a timely notification regarding your eligibility for aid, and so that you can prepare for the 2015-16 tuition billing and payment cycle. If your application materials are received after May 15, 2015 your university grant aid eligibility may decrease by $500, with a corresponding increase in your loans. Beginning on June 1, an additional $500 decrease in university grant aid will be imposed for each additional month or part thereof that the application is received late. If you wish to be considered for a waiver of these penalties, provide a written explanation of lateness.

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