Undergraduate students apply for financial aid at Cornell by completing financial aid application requirements. During the financial aid application process, information is gathered from students and families to assess their ability to pay for college. By looking at a range of financial and household factors, we calculate a family contribution. This family contribution can include contributions from both the parent(s) and student. The student’s financial need is then calculated by subtracting the family contribution from the cost of attendance.
Application requirements vary by student type, but many new students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal aid sources as well as the CSS (College Scholarship Service) Profile to be considered for institutional financial aid. Additionally, 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 the FAFSA, or the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website.
As we review financial aid applications and submitted documentation, students are considered for all available types of financial aid they may qualify for. We encourage families to utilize the estimated financial aid calculator to receive estimated eligibility of need-based financial aid from Cornell. More detailed information and instructions on the financial aid application process can be found by visiting the Apply for Aid section of the Cornell financial aid website.
Graduate students are considered for scholarships as part of the admission process and are typically notified of these awards at the time of admission. US citizens, permanent residents and eligible non-citizens should submit the FAFSA in order to determine their eligibility for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Graduate PLUS Loans.
Students applying for admission to the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell Law School or the College of Veterinary Medicine may have additional financial aid application requirements.