Important Information: The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment is now open and is accepting in person and virtual appointments.

The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment is working diligently to notify students who are still awaiting the results of their 2021-22 financial aid application. We acknowledge the additional stress this is causing and appreciate your patience.

Cornell University began distributing the third round of HEERF Emergency Grants on September 13, 2021. Funds do not impact financial aid eligibility and are being processed as refunds directly through the Bursar’s Office. You can find additional information about the allocation and delivery of HEERF Emergency Grants on the Cornell University COVID-19 Response page, under HEERF Emergency Funding, which is updated regularly to describe new developments in funding and awarding: https://covid.cornell.edu/cares-act/. Please email caresfund@cornell.edu if you have any questions.

Detailed Breakdown of 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 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. 

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 Commuter
Tuition $60,286 $60,286 $60,286
Student Activity Fee $309 $309 $309
Health Fee $420 $420 $420
Housing

$9,962

- -
Meals $6,434 - -
 OTHER EXPENSES NOT BILLED BY CORNELL:      
Off Campus Housing/Meals - $16,396 $6,450
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
Transportation  varies varies $1,700
Personal/Miscellaneous $1,876 $1,876 $1,876
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance $80,287 $80,287 $72,041

State Contract Colleges (NY State Resident)

Direct expenses billed by Cornell: Living on-campus living in ithaca area off-campus apartment Commuter
Tuition $40,382 $40,382 $40,382
Student Activity Fee $309 $309 $309
Health Fee $420 $420 $420
Housing $9,962 - -
Meals $6,434 - -
 OTHER EXPENSES NOT BILLED BY CORNELL:      
Off Campus Housing/Meals - $16,396 $6,450
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
Transportation  varies varies $1,700
Personal/Miscellaneous $1,876 $1,876 $1,876
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance $60,383 $60,383 $52,137

The figures above provide an estimated cost to attend Cornell for the 2021-2022 academic year. 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.