Costs and Aid
Ezra Cornell’s founding vision – a university where “any person can find instruction in any study” – holds true today. We offer need-blind admission for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and students with DACA status, and our need-based financial aid ensures Cornell’s financial aid programs are distributed equitably.
The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment is available to provide guidance, support and information for students and families interested in the financial aid process.
Beginning in Fall 2016, undergraduate students who hold DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) status granted by the federal government will be considered domestic students by Cornell University for purposes of admissions and financial aid, and thus are eligible for need-blind admissions and need-based financial aid like any U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Beginning with the class enrolling in Fall 2017, admissions decisions for international applicants and undocumented applicants without DACA status will be need-aware.
Applying for financial aid is a separate process from the admissions application. This means you will submit your financial information before you are aware of your admissions decision. Applying for aid by the financial aid request dates will insure that your financial aid award is available when you receive your admissions decision. We want you to have all the information you need before making the choice to attend Cornell.
Cornell awards financial aid on the basis of demonstrated need. We do not offer scholarships based on academics, athletic ability, or any other talent. Once Cornell determines your financial need, we are committed to meeting that need with options that include various grants, 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 estimated costs to attend Cornell include tuition, student fees, and allowances for housing, dining, books, supplies, and miscellaneous personal items.
Our web-based Financial Aid Calculator may help provide you with your estimated eligibility for need-based financial aid from Cornell.