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 2017-18 is $5,920.

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 2017-18, the maximum FSEOG award amount at Cornell is $4,000.

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 be sure you’re on track.

NYS Excelsior Program

The Excelsior Scholarship will provide free tuition, up to $6,470 in 2017-18 (up to $5,500 paid by the state and any difference paid by the university), for undergraduates who are New York state residents and U.S. citizens attending New York state's public colleges and universities. At Cornell, this includes the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (including the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, a shared school with the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business), the College of Human Ecology, and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Any aid a student receives from other sources (e.g. TAP, Pell, scholarships, and Cornell grant aid) will first be deducted from the Excelsior Scholarship maximum award, with the student receiving any remaining award funds.

Eligibility includes New York state residency, income eligibility, and course-load requirements while enrolled. Students must graduate on time and live and work in New York state after graduation for as many years as they receive the award or the Excelsior award amount will revert to a loan that must be repaid. Students interested in the Excelsior Scholarship should read all of the eligibility criteria and post-graduation requirements posted here.

The deadline to apply for the Excelsior Scholarship for 2017-18 is July 21, 2017. You can contact the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation Scholarship Unit at 888.697.4372 or scholarships@hesc.ny.gov with questions about the Excelsior Scholarship.

New York State Enhanced Tuition Award (ETA) Program

The Enhanced Tuition Award (ETA) Program will provide reduced tuition (up to $6,000, including the TAP award) to New York State residents who are U.S. citizens enrolled in undergraduate studies in a private college or university in New York state. At Cornell this includes the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Architecture, Art and Planning, and the School of Hotel Administration at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. Cornell has opted to participate in the ETA Program.

As a scholarship whose funding is from outside the university, the NYS ETA award will reduce the self-help component (loans and work-study) of your financial aid package before reducing the family contribution. HESC determines the amount of the ETA award, and if the cap of state funding is exceeded, a lottery or other system will be established to determine who receives awards, with preference being given to already enrolled students.

Eligibility includes New York state residency, income eligibility, and course-load requirements. Students must graduate on time and live and work in New York state after graduation for as many years as they receive the award or the ETA award amount will revert to a loan that must be repaid. Students interested in the ETA program should read all of the eligibility criteria and post-graduation requirements posted here.

Learn more about the ETA Program and application requirements, and contact the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation Scholarship Unit at 888.697.4372 or scholarships@hesc.ny.gov with questions about ETA.

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 a scholarship whose funding is from outside the university, 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.