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Cost to Attend

More Affordable Than You May Think

Whether you are just beginning your search or putting the final touches on your application essay, the journey to college can be overwhelming. Understanding the cost of attendance – and available financial aid options – shouldn’t be.

Cornell’s estimated cost of attendance is based on tuition, fees, housing, dining, books, supplies and personal items for a full-time student attending for both the fall and spring semesters. This cost depends on several factors, including which undergraduate college you apply to, if you are a New York state resident, and where you will be living.

Estimated Cost of Attendance Cornell Grants, Gift Aid Work Study and Loans Total Annual Cost for Family
Published cost for attendance for one year Free money that does not need to be repaid Student earns money during the academic year. Loans must be repaid. Parents pay based off their income and assets. Students earn money during the summer.

For many students, applying for financial aid will significantly reduce the amount they will pay each year. An important component of our financial aid packages are Cornell grants, which is free money that does not need to be repaid. The average Cornell grant award for a first-year student in the Class of 2021 was $40,686, and as high as $76,997. The overall price is also reduced through loans and work-study – money students earn during the academic year.

After factoring in Cornell grants, loans and work-study, the remaining portion is the total annual cost for each family. This is a combination of the parent contribution, which is determined by income, assets, family size and number of undergraduates in college, and the student contribution, which is the amount students are asked to contribute to the cost of their education through summer employment and a portion of their savings or trust.

In addition to the estimated budgets below, we encourage you to use the Financial Aid Calculator to estimate your family’s unique cost to attend. You can also review examples of real financial aid packages recently offered to Cornell students and their families.

2020-2021 Estimated Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance reflects estimated expenses prior to financial aid. We understand that plans may change due to the uncertainty of the current environment. Estimated costs are based on recent data snapshots from student responses on the fall re-entry survey or FAFSA responses if the survey had not yet been completed. These responses will be validated again in September and re-evaluated for the spring semester. If where you plan to live changes, award offers are subject to revision. Please review a detailed breakdown of the 2020-2021 estimated cost of attendance and reference our Fall 2020 FAQ for more information.

Tuition and Fees

$58,586           Endowed Colleges
$39,244           State Contract Colleges (NY State Resident)
$58,586           State Contract Colleges (Non-NY State Resident)
$240                Student Activity Fee
$456                Health Fee

Housing and Dining

$15,706           Living on Campus
$7,400             Off Campus, Living with Family

Note: Fall on campus housing and dining is based on a double occupancy room and the Bear Traditional Meal Plan through November. The cost of attendance for students who are living on campus also includes an allowance for housing and meals while students finish the semester remotely.

Books, Supplies, Personal/Miscellaneous

$990                     Books & Supplies
$1,974-$2,334     Personal/Miscellaneous

Note: The cost for supplies will be slightly higher for students in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning as well as students in these majors: Landscape Architecture, Design & Environmental Analysis, and Fiber Science & Apparel Design.

Additional Expenses


Estimated annual costs associated with transportation to and from campus are assessed by region.

Health Insurance

Students not already covered by health insurance that meets Cornell's health insurance requirements, along with international students, are required to purchase the Cornell Student Health Plan.

Endowed Colleges
  • College of Architecture, Art and Planning
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • Cornell SC Johnson College of Business – School of Hotel Administration

Endowed colleges or schools at Cornell are privately funded and do not receive direct funding from New York state.

State Contract Colleges
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Human Ecology
  • Cornell SC Johnson College of Business – Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Contract colleges or schools at Cornell University were created by an act of the New York State Legislature and receive direct funding from New York state. The mission of the contract units is linked directly to the economic and social wellbeing of New York state. Residents of New York state receive the resident rate tuition.