Continuing Students - International Applicants
2020-21 Financial Aid Application Process Requirements
As a returning student who completed an application for institutional aid in 2019-20, the only application you need to submit at this time is the 2020-21 CSS Profile (Custodial and Noncustodial Parents).
Note: If you are an international student and do not currently receive financial aid from Cornell, you are not eligible to apply for financial aid now or in subsequent years.
The upper class financial aid deadline is March 1, 2020. Please be sure to complete your CSS Profile by the deadline in order to have your institutional aid offer in place before the fall bill is issued in July.
Completing the CSS Profile
- Access the CSS Profile. College Board has created interactive instructions to assist you.
- Cornell’s undergraduate CSS Code is 2098 (Cornell Vet: 2822, Cornell Law: 2099) - students should select “continue” if any warning message pops up on the college selection page.
- The registration step has been eliminated; applicant information will be saved from the moment you first interact with the CSS Profile.
- If parents are divorced, separated, or were never married, your noncustodial parent will need to complete a separate CSS Profile. Each parent will access their CSS Profile with different College Board log-in credentials.
- College Board recommends that the student and the custodial parent start the CSS Profile application first. Although the noncustodial parent can start the application at any time, the noncustodial parent will not be able to complete the application until the student selects a college that requires the CSS Profile from the noncustodial parent.
- To keep financial information private, the student and parents should not share their College Board account passwords with each other.
Next Steps After CSS Profile Completion
Unless specifically requested, you do not need to submit additional documentation at the present time. If supporting documentation is needed, you will be notified via your Cornell email and the Student Center To Do List. Please pay close attention to any instructions received from our office and respond as soon as possible.
We will begin notifying applicants of 2020-21 aid eligibility in May via email to the student’s Cornell email address.
Instructions for additional requests made by the Financial Aid Office
In the event that we need additional documentation, we may ask you to submit tax documents directly to the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment via one of the following methods below. Please be sure to include your name and Cornell ID number on your documents.
Secure Fax: 607-255-6329 or;
Secure Online Upload
Select the dropdowns below for further instructions.
Prepare and submit your materials
Family Income Information
- Translated documentation verifying your parents' annual income (custodial and noncustodial, if applicable) for the most recently completed tax year.
- If your parent(s) did not work, please have them submit a signed statement indicating he/she was not required to file a return or earned zero income for the most recently completed tax year.
- Note: If only one of your parents files a tax return, we will require the other parent to complete a Parent Non-Filer Statement.
Monitor your Cornell To Do List
Do you have further questions?
The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment has a dedicated staff person to assist currently enrolled international students with questions regarding the financial aid renewal process.
Jessica Potter: firstname.lastname@example.org, 607-255-4772
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 2018 and/or 2019 income information, noncustodial parent income and asset information, and a photocopy of your passport or citizenship documents.
- Review some Frequently Asked Questions regarding international financial aid at Cornell. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact us via email.
- The Internal Revenue Service classifies grant aid in excess of tuition and mandatory fees as taxable income and requires Cornell to withhold 14% in taxes if you are a non-resident alien and not eligible for exemption from taxes under a tax treaty.