Prospective International Applicants

Cornell University practices need-aware international admissions and provides financial aid to admitted international students and undocumented students 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, refer to these deadlines.

If you are an international student residing in the U.S. and filed your I-485 to apply for a Green Card by no later than June 15, 2008, or are a long-term undocumented individual, please contact a financial aid staff member to discuss the financial aid application process.

Current Cornell students who receive international financial aid should see the re-application requirements.

Important note: There is no financial aid available for Spring 2019 international transfer applicants.

Financial Aid Deadlines:

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

  • Spring Transfer - Aid is not available for Spring 2019 international transfer applicants.
  • Early Decision – November 1, 2018
  • Regular Decision – January 2, 2019
  • Fall Transfer – March 15, 2019

Required Information:

  • Complete the College Scholarship Service CSS Profile
    • CSS Profile is found at
    • 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.
  • 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

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 2017 and/or 2018 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.
  • 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.
  • My Undocumented Life provides resources about scholarships for undocumented residents.