Below are the financial aid application requirements for undergraduate applicants who are applying as U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. 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.
Students wishing to apply for federal financial aid only (no institutional grant consideration) should complete the FAFSA and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Note for Spring 2018 aid applicants: February 1, 2018, is the final deadline for Spring 2018 transfer students to apply for financial aid for Spring 2018. After the final deadline, Spring 2018 transfer students will not be eligible to apply for Cornell need-based financial aid for the current academic year.
Spring Transfer 2018: October 15, 2017
Early Decision 2018-19: November 21, 2017
Regular Decision 2018-19: February 15, 2018
Fall Transfer 2018: March 15, 2018
Click each step below to see detailed instructions.
Early Decision Applicants: You can apply as early as October 1, 2017, but your To Do List may not update until the November 21, 2017 deadline.
Spring Transfer 2018 applicants should complete the 2017-18 FAFSA. All other applicants should complete the 2018-19 FAFSA.
The 2018-19 FAFSA will be available beginning on October 1, 2017.
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
- Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, if possible
- 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
Spring Transfer 2018 applicants should complete the 2017-18 CSS PROFILE and 2017-18 Noncustodial PROFILE (if applicable). All other applicants should complete the 2018-19 CSS Profile.
The 2018-19 CSS Profile will be available beginning on October 1, 2017.
This online application, along with your FAFSA information, will help determine your eligibility for Cornell student aid funds.
- CSS Profile is found at https://student.collegeboard.org/profile
- Cornell’s undergraduate CSS Code is 2098
- 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.
- If the whereabouts of your noncustodial parent are unknown, or if you have extenuating circumstances regarding your situation, complete the Noncustodial Parent Waiver Petition.
College Board has created interactive instructions to assist you.
Spring Transfer 2018 applicants should submit materials to IDOC in the 2017-18 year and all tax documents should be for 2015. All other applicants should submit materials to IDOC in the 2018-19 year.
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.
IDOC will be available beginning on October 1, 2017.
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.
- 2016 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 2016, 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 from the employer(s).
- 2016 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)
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.
Monitor Your To Do List
We communicate our aid application requirements through the Cornell To Do List. Note that this list may be different than the list of requirements on your IDOC Dashboard. Please reference your Cornell To Do LIst regularly to see that everything is complete. Items will disappear once they are completed in your financial aid file.