Courses of Study 2016-2017 
    Sep 28, 2023  
Courses of Study 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bursar, Tuition, and Billing

Tuition for Academic Year 2016-2017

Endowed Divisions
Architecture, Art, and Planning  
Arts and Sciences  
Hotel Administration $50,712
Graduate School (with chair in an endowed college) $29,500
Johnson Graduate School of Management Two-Year Program - Current Students $59,500
Johnson Graduate School of Management Two-Year Program - New Students $61,584
Law School $61,400
  LL.M. one-year program students $63,726
Contract Divisions  
Agriculture and Life Sciences  
Human Ecology  
Industrial and Labor Relations  
  New York State resident* $33,968
  Nonresident $50,712
Graduate and Professional Students  
Graduate School (with chair in a contract college) $20,800
Veterinary Medicine  
  New York State resident DVM $33,732
  Nonresident DVM $49,492
  Graduate, Ph.D. $20,800
Student Activities Fee (Tentative)  
  Undergraduate students $241
  Graduate and professional students $85
Continuing Education and Summer Sessions  
  Summer Session 2016 $1,310
  Extramural Study (Fall 2016, Spring 2017) $1,310
  Winter Session 2017 $1,310
  per credit**  
In Absentia Fees  
  Undergraduate Students $15 per semester
  Graduate and Professional Students $200 per semester
  Veterinary Medicine and Johnson Graduate School of Management (JGSM) Students $75 per semester

The amount, time, and manner of payment of tuition, fees, or other charges may be changed at any time without notice.  Additional fee information including additional programs, special programs, departmental expenses, housing and dining costs, fraternity and sorority fees, transportation, fitness center, health insurance, and CIT service costs is available at

* Residency status is determined at the time of admission by the college. Change in residency status is determined by the university bursar following matriculation. The deadline for submission of requests for the Fall 2016 semester is June 1, 2016. The deadline for the Spring 2017 semester is November 1, 2016. Further information and an application can be found at

** Regular session rate. Special program rates may vary.

Admission application fees and forms may be found at

Tuition Refund Policy

Amounts personally paid for tuition may be refunded if the student requests a leave of absence or withdrawal from the office of the dean of his or her college of enrollment. The date of this request will determine the tuition liability for the semester. All students refer to the “Proration Schedule for Withdrawals and Leaves of Absence” below.

Repayment policy. Students receiving financial aid from the university who withdraw during a semester will have their aid reevaluated, possibly necessitating repayment of a portion of aid received. Repayment to aid accounts depends on the type of aid received, government regulations, and the period of time in attendance. Cornell is authorized to offset any credit balances against any debts owed by the student to the university.

Students enrolled in classes which begin before the official “Instruction Begins” date on the academic calendar will have their refund percentages adjusted according to the day ranges listed after the date ranges. The day ranges are calendar days that include weekends and holidays.

Proration Schedule for Withdrawals and Leaves of Absence*

Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

Percentage Fall 2016 Spring 2017
No Charge 8/23-8/29 (Days 0-7) 1/25-1/31 (Days 0-7)
10% charge 8/30-9/05 (Days 8-14) 2/01-2/07 (Days 8-14)
20% charge 9/06-9/19 (Days 15-28) 2/08-2/21 (Days 15-28)
30% charge 9/20-9/26 (Days 29-35) 2/22-2/28 (Days 29-35)
40% charge 9/27-10/03 (Days 36-42) 3/01-3/07 (Days 36-42)
50% charge 10/04-10/10 (Days 43-48) 3/08-3/14 (Days 43-48)
60% charge 10/11-10/17 (Days 49-55) 3/15-3/21 (Days 49-55)
80% charge 10/18-10/30 (Days 56-69) 3/22-4/10 (Days 56-75)

*NOTE: Special programs, such as Cornell Abroad and Executive MBA, may follow their own tuition refund policies for withdrawals and leaves of absence. Please refer to the appropriate program office for details regarding those policies.

Billing and Payment


The Office of the Bursar bills Cornell students twelve times each year. Electronic billing (E-billing) is the official method of billing. Paper bills will not be sent. Tuition and room and board charges will be billed in July and December and must be paid before registration. The due date for these semester bills will be August 7 for the July billing and January 7 for the December billing. All other charges, credits, and payments will appear on monthly statements.

It is possible that some charges will not be listed on the first bill and will appear on a subsequent monthly bill. A student must be prepared to pay any charges appearing on a subsequent bill even though the student receives a financial aid stipend before the charges are billed.

All payments are due by the 7th of the month; all payments must be received by that date to avoid finance charges. Payments are not processed by postmark.

The Office of the Bursar conducts all business directly with the student. Monthly charges, as well as any awards, grants, scholarships, and loans, are listed and billed under the student’s name. Refund checks and direct deposit refunds are also drawn in the name of the student. Cornell is also authorized to offset any credit balances against any debts owed by the student to the university.


The Office of the Bursar acts as a clearinghouse for student charges and credits that are placed directly on a student’s bill by several departments and offices of the university. Because the Office of the Bursar does not have detailed records concerning many items that appear on a bill, students should contact the office involved if they have questions.

An individual who has outstanding indebtedness to the university will not be allowed to register or re-register in the university, receive a transcript of record, have academic credits certified, be granted a leave of absence, or have a degree conferred. University policy precludes the use of any current financial aid for payment of past-due charges.

The Office of the Bursar offers several payment options. The preferred method of payment is electronic payments via CASHNet. Paying online via the CASHNet supports Cornell’s sustainability efforts. Other methods of payment are: the monthly Cornell Installment Plan, wire transfers, college savings plans, and third-party billing (for sponsored students). We accept check payments by mail, and check or cash payments in person.

For further information, students should contact the Office of the Bursar, Cornell University, 260 Day Hall; tel. 607-255-2336; fax 607-255-6442; Bursar account information may be viewed in real time on Student Center, Student Essentials or CASHNet’s Recent Activity.