International Applicants

Cornell University practices need-aware international admissions and provides financial aid to admitted international students and admitted undocumented students without DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) status who apply for financial aid and have demonstrated financial need. Follow the instructions and deadlines below. If you are an undocumented resident with DACA status, click here.

Current Cornell students who receive international financial aid from Cornell will be contacted by the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment with instructions for re-applying for aid for subsequent years.

If you are going to attend one of the professional schools (Johnson, Law or Vet), please contact their financial aid office directly to discuss your options.

Important note: There is no financial aid available for Spring 2018 international transfer admits.

Required Information:

  • Complete the College Scholarship Service CSS PROFILE
  • Cornell’s CSS code is 2098
    Applicants who are unable to submit the online CSS PROFILE should contact us via e-mail at well in advance and prior to the stated application deadlines
  • CSS PROFILE fee waiver requests must be sent to by the stated application deadlines below

Financial Aid Deadlines:

Please pay close attention to the deadlines. Late applications may not be considered.

  • Early Decision – November 1, 2016
  • Regular Decision – January 14, 2017
  • Fall Transfer – March 15, 2017

Important to note:

  • Applicants who have dual U.S. citizenship should follow the instructions for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
  • Applicants should be prepared to submit additional information to Cornell University upon request, including but not limited to: parent and student 2015 and/or 2016 income information, noncustodial parent income and asset information, and a photocopy of your passport or citizenship documents.
  • We practice need-aware international admissions and the offer of admission is directly linked to your ability to meet expenses. International candidates whose families have the financial means to afford educational costs are encouraged not to apply for financial aid.
  • Review some Frequently Asked Questions regarding international financial aid at Cornell. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact us via email.
  • My Documented Life provides resources about scholarships for undocumented residents.