Important Information: The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment has transitioned to a fully remote model of engagement. Assistance will continue uninterrupted via email, phone, and our secure document uploads. For more information see our message about continuing operations remotely

We encourage you to review our Fall 2020 Semester FAQ for the most up to date information about financial aid. For more information specific to the impact of coronavirus across the University, please view Cornell's Coronavirus FAQ

Please be mindful of phishing attempts regarding CARES Act Funding and Student Employment opportunities. To verify phishing attempts, please reference the Cornell IT Security Phish Bowl. Cornell employers will not send electronic payroll checks by email and will not ask students to make gift card purchases on their behalf.

Outside Scholarships

Many students are being notified of scholarships and/or tuition benefits from outside private and non-profit institutions, corporations, or organizations.  The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment is the clearinghouse for these funds. Award notifications, certifications, and consent forms must be submitted to our office.

  • Students are required to provide written consent to release information to third-party organizations. Please complete and return the Consent to Release Student Information Form to the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment

Outside scholarships or tuition benefits will reduce the starting loan and work component of a student's financial aid package. These funds can also be used to replace Cornell's standard student contribution. If all of the starting loan and work in your financial aid offer is canceled and your student contribution has been replaced, any remaining funds will reduce your Cornell Grant aid dollar for dollar.

Scholarship checks received by our office will be divided equally between fall and spring semesters unless otherwise indicated in writing by the donor.  It’s important to notify the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment of any outside scholarships you receive, so the appropriate adjustments can be made.

All scholarship checks should be sent directly to:
Cornell University
Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment
Scholarship Division
P.O. Box 752
Ithaca, NY 14851

Please do not send photocopies of checks to this address 

The list below can help you start your search for outside scholarships: