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Cost to Attend 2014-2015
Access and affordability
Ezra Cornell’s founding vision – a university where “any person can find instruction in any study” – holds true today. Cornell is committed to need-blind admission and need-based financial aid. We offer a robust financial aid program, awarding aid based on financial need of the family, ensuring that our financial aid funds are distributed equitably.
Cornell offers need-based financial aid to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and has a very limited amount of need-based aid for international and undocumented students. The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment is available to provide guidance, support and information for students and families interested in the financial aid process. Applying for financial aid is separate from the admissions process, and applying by the deadlines ensures that an aid decision will be made when you receive your admissions decision.
Total cost of attendance
The total cost of attending Cornell includes tuition, student fees, and expenses for housing and dining, books, supplies and personal items. Your tuition depends on which Cornell undergraduate college you enroll in and whether you are a New York State resident. The contribution for you and your family remains the same regardless of which college you enroll in.
Costs to attend Cornell for the 2014-15 academic school year (excluding travel allowances) are estimated below:
Land-Grant (NY State Contract) Colleges
NY State Resident
Non-NY State Resident
Tuition and student activities fee
Books and supplies*
Personal and misc. expenses
A resident is a person whose permanent domicile is in the state of New York. The domicile of a student under 21 is presumed to be that of his or her custodial parent(s), unless the student provides acceptable proof of emancipation.
*The academic year book budget is $1,430 for students in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning as well as students in these majors: Landscape Architecture, Design & Environmental Analysis, and Textiles and Apparel.
The amount you pay
If you apply for and receive financial aid, the amount that you and your family actually pay will be less than the total cost of attendance. See how we determine your financial aid eligibility or learn more about our financial aid initiatives.