Cornell’s Commitment to Access and Affordability
Our founding principles – “to do the greatest good” and “…any person… any study.” – underpin Cornell University’s commitments to undergraduate financial aid. Cornell students come from culturally, geographically, and socio-economically diverse backgrounds and our financial aid programs are designed to ensure Cornell is accessible to all, at an affordable cost. Cornell provides annual financial aid packages that meet full financial need to all admitted and eligible undergraduate aid applicants.
For the 2022-23 academic year, we anticipate offering a record $363 million in need-based grant aid – which does not have to be repaid – to more than seven thousand undergraduate students.
Cornell grant aid – including scholarships provided by generous Cornell alumni and friends – puts Cornell’s transformative educational opportunities within reach. Most students receiving aid pay less to attend Cornell today, than they would have 20 years ago.
At Cornell, financial aid packages typically consist of:
- Cornell grants and scholarships
- Grants and scholarships from the government
- Student employment (work-study)
- Student Loans
Comparing Aid Offers from Peer Institutions
Financial Aid offers may vary from one institution to another and we understand affordability is a key factor in your college choice. If you receive an aid offer from one of Cornell's peers listed below, we will strive to make a comparable evaluation of your family's financial need as well as re-evaluate initial offers of grant aid, loans, and student employment (work-study).
- other Ivy League institutions
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Duke University
- Stanford University
For consideration, please submit a copy of your official aid offer from the peer institution to the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment using our secure document portal.
Minimizing Student Debt
For families with total income less than $60,000 and total assets less than $100,000 (including primary home equity), Cornell guarantees:
- $0 parent contribution
- $0 student loans offered in initial aid package
For other families, loan offers in initial aid packages are limited based on total family income:
|Total Family Income||Maximum Loan OFFER Each Year|
|Under $60,000 annually||$0|
|Between $60,001 and $85,000 annually||$2,500|
|Between $85,001 and $135,000 annually||$5,000|
|Above $135,000 annually||$7,500|