Important Information: The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment has transitioned to a fully remote model of engagement. Assistance will continue uninterrupted via email, phone, and our secure document uploads. For more information see our message about continuing operations remotely

We encourage you to review our Financial Aid FAQ for the most up to date information about financial aid. For more information specific to the impact of coronavirus across the University, please view Cornell's Coronavirus FAQ

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Prospective Applicants

Cornell is proud of our extensive financial aid programs that help students and their families turn the dream of a Cornell education into a reality. Financial aid is a complex process and we are here to help. You'll want to pay close attention to the deadlines and details and contact us if you have questions as you navigate this process.


Financial Aid Application Deadlines:

Applicant Status Spring Transfer 2021 Early Decision 2021-22 Regular Decision 2021-22 Fall Transfer 2021
  • US Citizens
  • Permanent Residents
  • Asylees and Refugees
  • Undocumented Applicants with DACA Status
  • Green Card Applicants (more information)
October 15, 2020 November 21, 2020 February 15, 2021 March 15, 2021
  • International Applicants
  • Undocumented Applicants without DACA Status
Aid not available Spring 2021 November 16, 2020 January 2, 2021 March 15, 2021

Important Note for International Citizens Regarding Financial Aid: The CSS PROFILE submission deadline for all international citizens who are applying for financial aid always corresponds with the undergraduate admissions application submission deadline communicated officially via the Cornell University Undergraduate Admissions Office website.

Why is our deadline important?

We want you to have all the information you need before making the choice to attend Cornell. Meeting the aid application deadline will ensure that your financial aid offer is available when you receive your admissions decision. If you do not apply by our stated deadline, your offer may be delayed.

Note that financial aid deadlines may differ from admissions deadlines.

Application Requirements:

Click on the link below that applies to you to learn your aid application requirements.

U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, Asylees, and Refugees

Undocumented Applicants with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Status and Green Card Applicants

International Applicants and Undocumented Applicants without DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Status