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A World-Class, Ivy League Education Within Reach

Ezra Cornell’s founding vision – a university where “any person can find instruction in any study” – holds true today.

More students than ever are able to graduate from Cornell with little to no debt, and about half of all undergraduate students receive substantial financial aid in the form of Cornell grants – this is free money that does not need to be repaid.

After factoring in funding awarded through grants and work-study programs, the cost of a Cornell education may be less than you would expect. And, in many cases, families qualify for no or reduced loans, too.

We encourage you to explore all available aid options at Cornell. Our admissions and financial aid counselors are available to help you on your way to becoming part of the Big Red family.


News and Resources

To better understand the cost of attendance and access the Financial Aid Calculator, please visit our Cost to Attend page.

For more information regarding admission, enrollment, and graduation metrics, please view the University Factbook.




Our unique financial aid initiatives exemplify our commitment to providing need-based aid and making Cornell affordable for admitted students. To learn more, view all of our financial aid initiatives.

Undocumented Undergraduate Applicant Initiative

Cornell will offer institutional financial aid to all currently enrolled Cornell undergraduate students who had DACA status for the remainder of their Cornell undergraduate program. Cornell also will offer institutional financial aid to admitted and currently enrolled Cornell undergraduates who have been long-term undocumented students who meet our requirements.

Green Card Initiative

Cornell will offer institutional financial aid to admitted and currently enrolled undergraduate international students who have been long-term Green Card applicants but have not yet achieved Legal Permanent Resident (Green Card) status. Undergraduate students who are determined to have satisfied Cornell's documentation requirements will be eligible for need-blind admissions and need-based financial aid like any U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Parent Contribution Initiative

Families with a total family income of less than $60,000, and total assets of less than $100,000 (including primary home equity), will have no parent contribution.

Loan Initiatives

Students from families with a total annual income under $60,000 will have no student loans as part of their financial aid package, reducing the debt owed by the student and/or family after graduation.

Evaluating Peer Need-Based Offers

If you received a need-based financial aid offer from another Ivy League institution, Stanford, Duke or MIT we will strive to calculate the same eligibility based on the information provided.  The components that we will evaluate are the parent contribution, student contribution, and initial offers of loan and work.

Please submit a copy of the official aid offer from the other institution directly to the Financial Aid Office. 

Cornell is unable to consider evaluating scholarship offers that are not from another Ivy League institution, Stanford, Duke or MIT or offers based on athletics and/or merit.

Learning to manage your money is a critical life skill. Your college years should be a time when you are mastering the art of budgeting and preparing for the years to come when you can save and invest for your future.

We have created resources and offer programs to help you gain these skills. Check out Personal Finance at Cornell and follow us on Twitter @CornellFinAid. If you want to request a program, email