Cornell University has a founding principle of “I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.”. It is a private Ivy League University. The university was founded in 1865 to teach and make contributions in all fields of knowledge including classics and sciences, and from theoretical to the applied. Above all, Cornell is ranked in 14th position in QS World University Rankings 2019. In addition, the university is famous for its academic excellence and affiliations with  58 Nobel laureates, four Turing Award winners and one Fields Medalist.

Section 9 of the original charter of Cornell University ensures that the university “shall be open to applicants for admission at the lowest rates of expense consistent with its welfare and efficiency, and without distinction as to rank, class, previous occupation or locality.” In other words, the university offers aid in the form of grants to its students depending upon need. Moreover, international students are eligible to receive aid from the university as well. Furthermore, Cornell Grants are available to students with financial need, as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment. Along with the funds from the university, the aid comes from several sources for instance,  university endowments. Moreover, the university offers an average of $ 47860 as aid to its students with 100% of the need being met.

Qualifying for an Aid

  • Calculations for aid you are eligible is according to what your family can pay from the total cost to attend.
  • The  estimated eligibility of need-based financial aid from Cornell depends on your income and asset information.
  • Furthermore, the university takes income, assets, family size, and the number of undergraduate children enrolled full-time in college into account when determining eligibility.

Applying to Receive Aid

To receive an aid from Cornell, you need to apply to the university submitting the required documents

  • Application (Common Application (CA) or the Universal College Application (UCA))
  • The School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Teacher evaluations
  • Midyear Report
  • Official Transcript
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Application fee or Fee Waiver

For financial aid, you have to submit

  • CSS Profile
  • Also, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for US Citizens and Permanent Residents

International students should apply by January 2 for financial aid. Similarly, US Citizens and Permanent Residents should apply by February 15.


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