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 Fall 2020 Semester 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 2020 Early Decision 2020-21 Regular Decision 2020-21 Fall Transfer 2020
  • US Citizens
  • Permanent Residents
  • Asylees and Refugees
  • Undocumented Applicants with DACA Status
  • Green Card Applicants (more information)
October 15, 2019 November 21, 2019 February 15, 2020 March 15, 2020
  • International Applicants
  • Undocumented Applicants without DACA Status
Aid not available Spring 2020 November 1, 2019 January 2, 2020 March 15, 2020

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