Tuition and Financial Aid
A Cornell education is an investment in your future. Cornell provides various forms of financial assistance based upon need, but Cornell’s admission policy is need-blind, meaning that admissions officers do not know whether you have applied for financial aid when they review your folder. Admissions committees consider your demonstrated intellectual ability, social involvement, fit with the university, and a number of other factors but not your ability to afford Cornell. How much financial aid you receive from Cornell University is based upon your ability to pay.
Cornell, like many of its peer institutions, does not award scholarships based upon athletic or academic merit. Rather, our commitment is to strive to ensure that all students demonstrating the intellectual strength to attend Cornell can afford a Cornell education.
Cornell and the College of Engineering recognize individual students who excel and contribute strong leadership in their school and local communities, unselfish gifts of time and energy to organizations in the school and local communities, and dedication to the highest ideals of science and engineering through the pursuit of research in addition to secondary school requirements. Information on these special programs can be found on the Special Awards page.
For more information on financial aid, updated tuition information, documentation needed, and dates and deadlines, visit the Prospective Students section of the Financial Aid Web site.