Cornell participates in a wide variety of aid programs. Financial aid is available through a combination of Federal Student Aid, Cornell University Grants, New York State Aid, and other scholarships and funding sources. For students who qualify for financial aid, financial aid offers may include a combination of elements from these various programs. Each student’s individual financial situation is considered as financial aid offers are created.
Federal Student Aid Programs
By completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), students will be considered for Federal Student Aid Programs.
Federal Grants are money to help pay for college that generally does not have to be repaid. For more information on federal grants including Pell, FSEOG (Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant), and others visit the Federal Student Aid Grants page.
Federal Loans are available through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Federal loans are borrowed money that must be paid back with interest. For more information visit the Federal Student Aid Loans page.
Federal Work-Study jobs help students earn money to pay for college. For more information visit the Federal Student Aid Work-Study page.
Cornell University’s FAFSA code is 002711.
Cornell University Aid Programs
Cornell Grants are gift aid provided by Cornell to undergraduate students with financial need. Cornell takes great pride in the generous amount of Cornell grant aid that is awarded to students each year. This aid is made available through university endowments and funds as well as the generous contributions of donors.
Cornell also offers loans through the Gardner or Shoemaker Loan program for undergraduate students who have demonstrated financial need.
New York State Aid Programs
The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) awards funds based on need to New York State residents. The application can be completed from the confirmation page of your FAFSA, or the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website. New York also offers various other scholarships and awards, which can be viewed through the HESC Grants, Scholarships, and Loan Programs page.
Important note about applying for New York State Aid: Cornell utilizes a variety of school codes; students must use the correct school code when applying.
- Endowed Colleges (Use School Code: 0175)
- College of Architecture, Art and Planning
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Engineering
- Cornell SC Johnson College of Business - Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration
- State Contract Colleges (Use School Code: 0174)
- College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- College of Human Ecology
- Cornell SC Johnson College of Business - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
- School of Industrial and Labor Relations
- Graduate Colleges (Use School Code Below)
- Graduate School (Use School Code: 5030)
- Cornell SC Johnson College of Business - Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management (Use School Code: 5035)
- Law School (Use School Code: 5033)
- Veterinary Medicine (Use School Code: 5665)
- Weill Medical College (Use School Code: 5510)
There are many outside private and non-profit organizations that award scholarship aid based on specific criteria. We encourage students to seek these opportunities by searching local and national scholarships that may be available to them.