Important Information: The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment has transitioned to a fully remote model of engagement. Service at the front desk and counselor walk-ins are suspended until further notice. Assistance will continue uninterrupted via email, phone, and our secure document uploads. For more information see our message about continuing operations remotely. For more information specific to the impact of coronavirus, please view Cornell's Coronavirus FAQ.

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Appeal Application

Access our appeal application form for appealing your financial aid decision for the upcoming academic year.

Note for Continuing Students: We will begin reviewing appeals and supporting documentation after May 1, 2020. Any documentation submitted will be considered as part of your initial aid review for 2020-21 and will be reflected in the financial aid offer you receive. As your financial aid application is being reviewed, staff may reach out for current information regarding your financial situation.

Cornell University releases financial aid offers that best reflects the information submitted in the financial aid application.  

If information you provided in your financial aid application has changed or if the information was submitted incorrectly, you may submit an appeal.  Please be prepared to provide documentation that supports your request.

Examples of circumstances we will consider include:

  • Significant loss of income due to termination or change in employment
  • Unexpected life event
  • High medical, educational, or family expenses
  • Correction to income information reported on financial aid application

Note: we are unable to consider appeals based on circumstances that include but are not limited to:

  • High consumer debt
  • Personal Expenses (pets, cars, housekeepers, vacations, sports, etc.)
  • Fraternity or Sorority expenses
  • Expenses that have not yet occurred

If you received a need-based offer from another Ivy League institution, Stanford, Duke, and/or MIT that is more favorable than Cornell’s, we welcome the opportunity to match their offer of financial aid.  Please submit a copy of the aid offer from the other institution directly to our office.

Note: International students who received financial aid and want to appeal the decision should email intl-finaid@cornell.edu. Current international students who received financial aid and want to appeal the decision should email finaid@cornell.edu. There is no appeal process for international students who were not selected to receive financial aid.

Appeal Application Form