Veterans at Cornell

Cornell has a proud military history dating back to 1862 and the Morrill Land Grant Act requiring every land grant institution to include military training in its curriculum. As the land grant university of New York State, Cornell has offered instruction in military science from the university’s inception. We are proud of our students who have graduated from Cornell and gone on to serve in the military and we are proud of our veterans who have made the choice to attend Cornell after they have served our country. Today, Cornell is home to 57 veteran students and over 400 veterans that work or study at Cornell. 

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VetLink

Cornell is proud to be a partner of VetLink. In 2015, Service to School (S2S) launched VetLink which partners with some of the best colleges and universities in the U.S. As part of that special relationship, VetLink schools work closely with S2S to identify competitive applicants and have also agreed to accept an addendum to the admission application specifically for VetLink applicants. 

We encourage veterans to utilize the VetLink service.

Warrior-Scholar Project

Cornell is a proud host campus for the Warrior-Scholar Project. The Warrior-Scholar Project offers immersive one and two-week academic workshops or "boot camps." These workshops are offered free of charge to enlisted veterans at some of America’s top colleges and universities.

Apply to Cornell

Cornell offers two options for students when they apply. You can apply as a first-year student or as a transfer student. To be considered a first-year student you must have graduated high school but have earned fewer than 12 credits at a college or university. To be considered a transfer student, you must have graduated high school and have earned 12 or more credits at another college or university since then. Also, if you’ve enrolled as a full-time student at another institution, you’re also considered a transfer applicant.

For questions about admissions, please contact veteranadmission@cornell.edu

Financial Aid for Veterans

The undergraduate degree-granting colleges of Cornell University participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, the supplement to the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill education benefit. For more information about veterans education benefits, please visit the financial aid website.

For more information about financial aid, please contact Ginger Guidi or Becky Maxson.

Veteran Spotlight

Meet some of our undergraduate veterans.

Other Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Cornell accept the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill?

What costs aren’t covered by the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill?

How do I apply for VA benefits?

How do I use my educational benefit at Cornell?

Where do I submit my VA educational benefit and/or Yellow Ribbon paperwork?

When should I submit my COE and Yellow Ribbon Application?

If I’m eligible for Yellow Ribbon, should I also apply for financial aid?

Who are the on-campus contacts for questions regarding education benefits?

Is there housing for veterans and their families?

Does Cornell offer credits for military training?

How is my military training and experience considered during the admission process?

Does Cornell accept the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill?

Yes, Cornell welcomes applications from veterans and dependents who are eligible for education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, including the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program.

What costs aren’t covered by the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill?

The undergraduate degree-granting colleges of Cornell University participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, the supplement to the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill education benefit. Under the program, Cornell and the VA will combine to provide the difference between the student's Cornell tuition and the national cap on the benefit ($21,970.46 as of 8/1/2016). For more information about veterans education benefits, please visit the financial aid website.

How do I apply for VA benefits?

You may qualify for more than one type of VA education benefit. Because applying for a certain education benefit could affect your eligibility for others, you should consider your options before selecting a benefit program. The VA provides resources to help you choose the best benefits for you and your family:

How do I use my educational benefit at Cornell?

The first step for using your educational benefits at Cornell is to provide us with the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) you received from your VA benefits administrator. See the VA website for instructions on how to apply for this certificate. For assistance, contact your regional VA office.

Where do I submit my VA educational benefit and/or Yellow Ribbon paperwork?

Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility from the VA to the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment.  For those who are eligible for benefits at the 100% rate, the Yellow Ribbon Program application should be submitted with the COE.

Yellow Ribbon Info and Application

When should I submit my COE and Yellow Ribbon Application?

Yellow Ribbon spots are limited and are awarded on a first come, first serve basis so it’s recommended that you submit them at the time you’re applying for admission to Cornell.

If I’m eligible for Yellow Ribbon, should I also apply for financial aid?

Students who are eligible for 9/11 and Yellow Ribbon benefits generally do not qualify for financial aid from Cornell.  However, if you’re undecided about whether or not you want to use your VA benefits or if you have multiple students who will be sharing benefits, you may still want to complete the full financial aid application so we can determine your eligibility for financial aid.

All students who receive veteran’s education benefits are still eligible for federal aid – loans and Pell Grants.  Students who wish to be considered for these aid sources are required to complete the FAFSA application.  

Who are the on-campus contacts for questions regarding education benefits?

Is there housing for veterans and their families?

The University and the surrounding Ithaca community invite veterans to live and learn on Cornell’s historic campus, “High above Cayuga’s waters.” Visit Cornell Maps to navigate your way around campus and Tompkins County. On-campus, Cornell offers a wide variety of residence halls, program houses, and townhouses which foster communities of first-year, upper-level undergraduate, and graduate and professional students. Visit the Living @ Cornell website for details. The University provides extensive off-campus living and housing assistance, education, resources, and referral services; contact offcampusliving@cornell.edu for assistance and information.

Families are essential allies in encouraging the academic success and well-being of all students. Cornell’s Students with Families website provides a gateway to resources available for students, spouses and partners, and children. The University provides a wide variety of services designed to assist spouses and partners with their own ambitions and goals, along with essential support for families with child(ren).

Does Cornell offer credits for military training?

While all potential transfer credits are independently evaluated by the undergraduate college/school that offers a student admission, we are not typically able to award credits for military training experiences.

How is my military training and experience considered during the admission process?

Military training and experience are among the many factors that we consider in our holistic admission review process. With this noted, candidates with appropriate academic preparation (either in high school or college) and the ability to articulate their intellectual interests as part of the application essay, are often the most successful candidates.

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