Financial Aid Initiatives

Cornell has implemented several financial aid initiatives as part of our commitment to provide need-based aid and make Cornell affordable for admitted students. 

Undocumented Undergraduate Applicant Initiative

In response to the Trump Administration's announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is being rescinded, Cornell University has committed to the following:

  • All currently enrolled Cornell undergraduate students who had DACA status (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) will continue to be considered in the "domestic" financial aid pool (need-based, meeting full demonstrated need) for the remainder of their Cornell undergraduate program.
  • Cornell will offer institutional financial aid to admitted and currently enrolled undergraduates who have been long-term undocumented students and who meet the following criteria:
    • Born on or after June 16, 1981;
    • Came to the United States before reaching 16th birthday;
    • Continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007 up to the present time;
    • Currently in school, has graduated high school, or obtained a general education certificate (GED);
    • Meets financial aid application requirements.

      Undergraduate students who are determined to have met Cornell's requirements will be eligible for need-blind admissions and, if admitted, need-based financial aid meeting full demonstrated need.

      If you meet the above criteria, please contact a financial aid staff member to discuss the financial aid application process.

      Samantha Miller: sm336@cornell.edu, 607-255-0047
      Jessica Potter: jlp272@cornell.edu, 607-255-4772
  • Undocumented applicants residing in the U.S. without DACA status and who do not meet the above criteria should follow the steps to apply for financial aid as an International Student.

Green Card Initiative

Cornell will offer institutional financial aid to admitted and currently enrolled undergraduate international students who have been long-term Green Card applicants but have not yet achieved Legal Permanent Resident (Green Card) status. Undergraduate students who are determined to have satisfied Cornell's documentation requirements will be eligible for need-blind admissions and need-based financial aid like any U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

As part of the aid application process, students will be asked to document the following:

  • Born on or after June 16, 1981;
  • Came to the United States before reaching 16th birthday;
  • Continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007 up to the present time;
  • Currently in school, has graduated high school, or obtained a general education certificate (GED);
  • Filed an I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status by no later than June 15, 2007;
  • Meets financial aid application requirements.

If you meet the above criteria, please contact a financial aid staff member to discuss the financial aid application process.

Samantha Miller: sm336@cornell.edu, 607-255-0047
Jessica Potter: jlp272@cornell.edu, 607-255-4772


Parent Contribution Initiative

Families with a total family income of less than $60,000, and total assets of less than $100,000 (including primary home equity), will have no parent contribution. Total family income equals adjusted gross income for the tax year that we are looking at for financial aid purposes, plus any business or other losses, as well as any untaxed income. In cases of divorce or separation, we calculate total family income for each parent and add them together.


Loan Initiative

Cornell is committed to keeping your student loans at a reasonable level. Need-based loans included in your aid package are capped based on total family income.

Please note that our loan policy refers to the amount of loan that students may be awarded to help meet their need. Students and parents may decide to take additional loan to help with the calculated family contribution or additional expenses such as health insurance or a computer.

Total family income equals adjusted gross income for the tax year we are looking at for financial aid purposes, plus any business or other losses, as well as any untaxed income. In cases of divorce or separation, we calculate total family income for each parent and add them together.


For students enrolling prior to Fall 2013, loan levels are listed here.

 

For students who will begin studies at Cornell before Fall 2018
 

Total family income Loan in aid package

Under $60,000 annually

$0

Between $60,001 and $75,000 annually

$2,500

Between $75,001 and $120,000 annually

$5,000

Above $120,000 annually

$7,500

 

For students who will begin studies at Cornell in Fall 2018

TOTAL FAMILY INCOME LOAN IN AID PACKAGE

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

 

Award Match Initiative

To improve Cornell’s competitiveness in recruiting and enrolling undergraduate students, Cornell will strive to increase grant aid funds by matching the family contribution components and lower loan level of financial aid offers from other Ivy League schools, as well as from Stanford, Duke, and MIT.