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.

Appealing Your Aid Decision

You have the right to appeal your financial aid decision if you feel there are extenuating circumstances. Submit the Appeal Application and necessary documentation along with an explanation of your circumstances.

Current students wishing to appeal their financial aid offer due to changes in circumstances that occur after June 30th will be considered for additional loan funding only. If the appeal is approved, institutional grant funding will not be provided.

If you receive a more favorable need-based aid offer from another Ivy League institution, Stanford, Duke, and/or MIT, we welcome the opportunity to match their offer of financial aid. Please send us the Appeal Application along with a copy of the aid letter from the other institution.

Appeals will be reviewed only after all requested supporting materials are received. Complete appeals are reviewed within 7-10 business days.

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