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 offers to admitted students who meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need.

For the 2023-24 academic year, we anticipate offering in excess of $400 million in need-based grant aid—which does not have to be repaid—to more than 7,500 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.

View Cornell’s Affordability Initiatives

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.