Costs and Aid
Access and affordability
Ezra Cornell’s founding vision – a university where “any person could find instruction in any study” – holds true today. Our commitment to need-blind admission and need-based financial aid ensures Cornell’s financial aid programs are distributed most equitably. If you are admitted to Cornell, we are committed to working with you to make a Cornell education affordable through a variety of aid programs and financing options.
You and your family are about to make one of the most important investments of your life.
We are here to help.
At Cornell, you apply for financial aid through a separate application process at the same time you apply for admission. Requirements for financial aid vary, depending on whether you are an early or regular decision freshman applicant, a fall or spring transfer applicant, or an international applicant. We also provide ongoing assistance to our current students in need of financial help.
Once Cornell determines your financial need, we are committed to meeting that need with options that include various grants and scholarships, loans, and student employment opportunities.
We work hard to be consistent in the way we consider your financial circumstances from year to year. If your family's financial circumstances remain relatively unchanged throughout your time at Cornell, you can expect a predictable financial aid package each year.
The total cost to attend Cornell includes tuition, student fees, and allowances for housing, dining, books, supplies, and miscellaneous personal items.
Since aid is awarded on the basis of need, rather than merit, this web-based Financial Aid Calculator may help provide you with your estimated eligibility for need-based financial aid from Cornell.