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.

 

Application Timeline

November 21 |

All Financial Aid application requirements due

Mid-December |

Financial Aid notifications sent to admitted students

Early January |

Deposit due to Admissions

February 15 |

All Financial Aid application requirements due

Early April |

Financial Aid notifications sent to admitted applicants

May 1 |

Deposit due to Admissions

March 15 |

All Financial Aid application requirements due

By June 15 |

Financial Aid notifications sent to admitted students

By July 1 |

Deposit due to Admissions

October 15 |

All Financial Aid application requirements due

Mid-December/Early January |

Financial Aid notifications sent to admitted applicants

Early January |

Deposit due to Admissions

November 1 |

Early Decision applicants

January 2 |

Regular Decision applicants

March 1 |

Current International reapplication deadline

March 15 |

Fall Transfer applicants

October 1 |

renewal applications available

March 1 |

renewal applications due for all continuing students

May 1 |

Summer Session aid application due

May - August |

Financial Aid decisions posted to Student Center

August 7 |

Fall Bursar bill due

December 1 |

Winter Session financial aid application due

News and Resources

Need-based Grant Recipients by Income: 

Retention/Persistence:

  First-year students returning after their first year: 97%

  First-year students who entered in fall 2010 and graduated

  within six years: 94% (includes five-year program in

  architecture and dual-degree candidates)

Undergraduate Enrollment by College (Fall 2015)

Agriculture and Life Sciences 3,433
Architecture, Art, and Planning 497
Arts and Sciences 4,106
Engineering 3,060
Hotel Administration 950
Human Ecology 1,210
Industrial and Labor Relations 970

Academics:

 Courses Offered: 4,000+

 Undergraduate Major/Interdisciplinary

 Programs: 100+

Class of 2020 Financial Aid:

 Full-time first-year students 3,315
 Number who applied for aid 1,826
 Number determined to have financial need 1,513
 Number awarded financial aid 1,513
 Number receiving need-based scholarship/ grant aid 1,484
 Average need-based scholarship/ grant award $40,333

2018-19 Costs:
2010-2011 Costs:

Endowed Colleges

Tuition and fees $54,818
Housing $8,842
Dining $5,924
Books & supplies $950
Personal expenses $1,850
Health-related expenses $370
Total $72,754

Contract Colleges

New York State Resident

Tuition and fees $36,798
Housing $8,842
Dining $5,924
Books & supplies $950
Personal expenses $1,850
Health-related expenses $370
Total $54,734

Nonresident

Tuiton and fees $54,818
Housing $8,842
Dining $5,924
Books & supplies $950
Personal expenses $1,850
Health-related expenses $370
Total $72,754

 

Our unique financial aid initiatives exemplify our commitment to providing need-based aid and making Cornell affordable for admitted students. 

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. Learn more.

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. Learn more.
 

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. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

Award Matching Initiative

Cornell strives to match the family contribution components and lower loan level of financial aid offers from other Ivy League schools, as well as need-based offers from Stanford, MIT, and Duke.

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 finaid@cornell.edu.