Federal & State

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is available to U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens who demonstrate exceptional financial need. The maximum Pell Grant award for 2015-16 is $5,775.

To apply, students must submit the FAFSA application and complete Cornell’s Financial Aid application process. For more information about the Federal Pell Grant, visit the Department of Education’s website.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG Grant is available to U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens who demonstrate exceptional financial need, and who are also eligible for the Federal Pell Grant. For 2015-16, the maximum FSEOG award amount at Cornell is $2,750.

To apply, students must submit the FAFSA application and complete Cornell’s Financial Aid application process. For more information about the FSEOG Grant, visit the Department of Education’s website.

New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

To apply for TAP funds, students must be New York state residents, be attending college full-time, and have a family taxable income (New York State) of less than $80,001. TAP funds are awarded based on a family’s income, and awards range from $500 - $5,165 for new TAP grant recipients. To apply:

  • Submit the FAFSA application (look for state aid application on the confirmation page of FAFSA)
  • Complete Cornell’s Financial Aid application process
  • Complete the TAP Application, available from:
  • The confirmation page upon completion of your FAFSA OR
  • The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website - use your PIN (personal identification number) provided by HESC when filling out the TAP application.
  • HESC Endowed code: 0175, HESC State code: 0174

Review the TAP policy for satisfactory academic progress to assure you’re on track.

NYS Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program

As a partner of the State University of New York, undergraduate students who are New York State residents enrolled in STEM fields in one of Cornell University’s two participating New York State contract colleges (College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and College of Human Ecology) are eligible to participate in the NYS STEM Incentive Program.

Applicants must complete and submit the New York State Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Incentive Program Web Supplement by August 15. Eligible students must have been admitted and submitted an enrollment deposit to begin study at a participating school in Fall 2015.

To be eligible for the NYS STEM tuition scholarship, you must enroll beginning with the fall term following your high school graduation.

How much is the award?

Recipients shall receive an annual award for full-time study equal to the annual tuition charged to NYS resident students attending an undergraduate program at the State University of New York (for 2016-17: $6,470), or actual tuition charged, whichever is less. The STEM award will be reduced by the amount of any other tuition-only assistance awards received.

I am eligible for need-based financial aid at Cornell.  How will the NYS STEM Incentive Program scholarship affect my financial aid package from Cornell?

As an outside merit scholarship, the NYS STEM tuition scholarship will reduce the self-help component (loans and work-study) of your financial aid package, but will not reduce the family contribution. If all the self-help support in your award is cancelled, in some cases, the Cornell grant aid may need to be reduced or cancelled as well.

For additional information, please review the NYS Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program website for details about the program.  Students can also contact the Scholarship Unit at 888.697.4372 with questions about the scholarship.