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Detailed Breakdown of 2020-2021 Estimated Cost of Attendance

Your estimated cost of attendance is dependent on three factors:

  1. The College or School you are enrolled in (Endowed vs. State Contract). 
  2. New York State Residency
  3. Where you will be living while enrolled

To better assist you with budgeting, the 2020-2021 academic year expenses are broken down by direct costs and indirect costs. Direct costs are those that appear on your bill such as tuition, fees, and on campus housing and dining. Indirect costs are those that are not typically billed by Cornell such as off-campus housing and meals, books and personal expenses. The figures below are estimates; individual tuition bills and living expenses will vary from student to student. To see how costs are broken out for Fall and Spring, please review the how costs are calculated by semester section.

Endowed Colleges and State Contract Colleges (Non-NY State Resident)

Direct expenses billed by Cornell: Living on-campus living in ithaca area off-campus apartment living with family*
Tuition $58,586 $58,586 $58,586
Student Activity Fee $240 $240 $240
Health Fee $456 $456 $456
Housing

$8,819

   
Meals $5,852    
 OTHER EXPENSES NOT BILLED BY CORNELL:      
Off Campus Housing/Meals $1,035** $15,346 $7,400
Books and Supplies $990 $990 $990
Transportation  varies varies $184
Personal/Miscellaneous $1,974 $2,334 $2,334
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance $77,952 $77,952 $70,190

State Contract Colleges (NY State Resident)

Direct expenses billed by Cornell: Living on-campus living in ithaca area off-campus apartment living with family*
Tuition $39,244 $39,244 $39,244
Student Activity Fee $240 $240 $240
Health Fee $456 $456 $456
Housing $8,819    
Meals $5,852    
 OTHER EXPENSES NOT BILLED BY CORNELL:      
Off Campus Housing/Meals $1,035** $15,346 $7,400
Books and Supplies $990 $990 $990
Transportation  varies varies $184
Personal/Miscellaneous $1,974 $2,334 $2,334
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance $58,610 $58,610 $50,848

*Applies to students who are learning remotely or living with their parents in the Ithaca area and commuting to campus. The cost of attendance for students living with their family outside the US will be adjusted based on the cost of living in that country.

**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.

How Costs Are Calculated by Semester 

The figures above provide an estimated cost to attend Cornell for the 2020-2021 academic year.

If you are living on campus, the estimated cost of housing, meals, and personal/miscellaneous expenses is different for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 to reflect our Fall 2020 schedule. They are calculated as:

  • Housing: $8,819 (Fall 2020: $4,052 - Spring 2021: $4,767)
  • Meals: $5,852 (Fall 2020: $2,721 - Spring 2021: $3,131)
  • Off Campus Housing/Meals: $1,035 (Fall 2020: $1,035 - Spring 2021: $0)
  • Personal/Miscellaneous: $1,974 (Fall 2020: $1,049 - Spring 2021: $925)

If you are living off-campus, your estimated cost of housing and meals is split evenly between the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.

Please review our FAQ for some common Cost of Attendance Questions.

Endowed and State Contract College List

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.