2016-17 Current Student Financial Aid Application

September 15, 2016, is the final deadline for continuing students to apply for financial aid. After this date, students will not be eligible to apply for Cornell need-based financial aid for the 2016-17 academic year.

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.

  • 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: contact the International Students and Scholars Office regarding financial aid.
  • Undocumented students with DACA status can find instructions on applying for aid here.

For the most up-to-date version of your requirements, see your Student Center To Do List at studentcenter.cornell.edu or click on the "Application Status" button to the left.

Students wishing to apply for federal financial aid only (no institutional grant consideration) should complete the FAFSA and the Undergraduate Student Loan Request Form.

Requirements Due May 15, 2016

Step 1: Complete the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA determines your eligibility for the low-interest Federal Direct Loan as well as federal and state grants.

  • FAFSA is found at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • 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


Step 2: Complete the 2016-17 CSS PROFILE (and Noncustodial PROFILE, if applicable)

This, along with your FAFSA information, will help determine your eligibility for Cornell student aid funds.

Following the 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.


Step 3: Prepare your IDOC materials

IDOC will be available in February 2016. Log in to your IDOC Dashboard here.

IDOC is a service that processes aid application materials. Use the IDOC upload for fastest service and DO NOT submit duplicate copies of materials to Cornell.

If you (the student) or your parents will not file a federal tax return for 2015, complete the IDOC non-filing statement for students or IDOC non-filing statement for parents. Both forms are available through the IDOC Dashboard. Parents earning income outside the US will complete the International IDOC non-filing statement and submit with W2s or 1099s.

  • 2015 federal tax return(s) for custodial parent(s)
  • 2015 federal tax return for student
  • 2015 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
  • 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 translated documentation verifying your parents’ annual income for the most recently completed tax year (or the International Parent Non-Filer Statement)


Step 4: Monitor your To Do List