2017-18 Current Student Financial Aid Application

September 15, 2017, is the final deadline for current students to apply for financial aid. After the final deadline, students will not be eligible to apply for Cornell need-based financial aid for the 2017-18 academic year.

Click to see requirements for the 2018-19 aid application.

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 for 2017-18.

These instructions apply to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, asylees, and refugees with current documentation. Undocumented students with DACA status can find instructions on applying for aid here.

Students wishing to apply for federal financial aid only (no institutional grant consideration) should complete the FAFSA and contact us at finaid@cornell.edu to indicate that you wish to apply only for federal financial aid. This email must come from the student directly; parents are not able to make this request.

Requirements Due May 15, 2017

Click each step below to see more information.

Step 1: Monitor your Cornell To Do List

We communicate our aid application requirements through the Cornell To Do List. Please reference this regularly to see that everything is complete. Items will disappear once they are completed in your financial aid file.

Applicants will have a list of required documents on their IDOC Dashboard. Note that your official To Do List is through Student Center.

Step 2: Complete the 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. Note that the FAFSA Expected Family Contribution may be different from the Cornell Family Contribution.

  • FAFSA is found at https://fafsa.ed.gov
  • Cornell’s FAFSA code is 002711
  • NY residents can complete their state aid application at the end of the FAFSA. Be sure to use the correct HESC code.
    • HESC Endowed code: 0175 (Eng, A&S, AAP, Business-Hotel)
    • HESC State code: 0174 (CALS, HE, ILR, Business-Dyson)
  • If you are selected for federal verification when you complete your FAFSA, complete the IDOC verification worksheet and submit with your IDOC materials.

Step 3: Complete the CSS PROFILE (Custodial and Noncustodial Parents)

We use this online application to determine your eligibility for Cornell student aid funds. All federal funds are awarded based on the FAFSA.

  • If parents are divorced, separated, or were never married, your noncustodial parent will need to complete a Noncustodial PROFILE.

College Board has created interactive instructions to assist you.

Step 4: Prepare and submit your IDOC materials

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.

You will only be able to submit materials to IDOC after you have completed your CSS PROFILE and received an email from the College Board with IDOC submission instructions.

Log in to idoc.collegeboard.org, complete the requested family information, and follow submission instructions. Providing Social Security Numbers when prompted on the College Board portal assists with accurate and timely processing. SSNs are securely transmitted and used to identify which family member the forms belong to. The following materials should be submitted to IDOC:

  • 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.
  • 2015 federal tax return(s) for custodial parent(s) and student

    If you (the student) or your parent(s) did not file a federal tax return for 2015, complete the IDOC non-filing statement for students or IDOC non-filing statement for parents and submit with W2s or 1099s. 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, 1099s, or a statement of earnings from the employer(s).
  • 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)

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 all W2 forms
  • Must include business returns: if either of your parents has an interest in a business or farm, submit the business tax return for each business and/or farm. In the U.S., this refers to the full 1065 Partnership Return, 1120S Corporate Return, and 1120 Corporate Return, along with K-1 Statements
  • Must include trust or estate documents: if you or your parents are the beneficiary of an estate or trust, submit the full Trust Tax Return and a letter explaining the contents of the trust or estate, value, and accessibility
  • 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 5: Documentation of Permanent Residency (if applicable)

If you are a non-US citizen but have permanent residency or are an eligible non-citizen:

Eligible non-citizens must provide documentation of permanent residency or citizenship status.  Acceptable forms of original documentation include:

  • Alien Registration Card (I-551)


  • Arrival/Departure Record (I-94) with all endorsements and temporary I-155 stamp that has not expired and I797 (Notice of Action) showing that you have applied for permanent residency

If you are unable to present your citizenship documentation to our office in person, please complete the Citizenship Affidavit, have it notarized, and return it with a copy of your citizenship documentation. If you are an eligible non-citizen, be sure that your FAFSA indicates that you are an eligible non-citizen and has your Alien Registration Number.

When applicable, documentation will be sent to USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) for review and determination of eligibility for federal student aid.

Why is our deadline important?

The application deadline exists so that we may provide you with a timely notification regarding your eligibility for aid, and so that you can prepare for the 2017-18 tuition billing and payment cycle. If your application materials are received after May 15, 2017, your university grant aid eligibility may decrease by $500, with a corresponding increase in your loans. Beginning on June 1, an additional $500 decrease in university grant aid will be imposed for each additional month or part thereof that the application is received late.