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Colleges / Cornell University

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate9%
Acceptance Rate9%

Cornell Tuition Information

In 2021, Cornell's tuition was $58,586 a year.

Tuition increased 3.6% in 2021–from $56,550 the prior year. On average, college tuition rises about 3%ba year.

If this makes attending the college of your dreams sound impossible, remember, the total cost of tuition isn't necessarily what you will have to pay to attend a school. Many students owe far less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are applied. Additionally, student loans can make thecost of college feel more doable until after graduation.

Cornell University: In-state vs. Out-of-State Tuition

Cornell University is a private, nonprofit institution, so it has the same tuition for residents of New York as it does for students who live in other states.

Public schools receive funds from the state to help them cover costs. Public, state schools can offer lower tuition for students who meet the requirements for in-state residency..

Choosing a school where you qualify for the reduced tuition offered to state residentscan drastically reduce the total cost of attending college. Don't forget to verify your state's requirements for in-state residency. Every state has its own rules about what makes someone eligible for in-state tuition. Most states require students to have resided in the state for a certain period of time before qualifying. There may be other criteria as well, depending on the state you and your parents currently reside in.

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Cornell International Student Tuition

Cornell has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.

International students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but should research private or school-specific grants, scholarships, and other funding opportunities.. International students who demonstrate financial need may qualify for the following types of financial support at Cornell:

  • Cornell-specific scholarships

Cornell Housing Expenses and Other Costs

In addition to tuition, room and board, books, transportation and fees are also costs it consider when estimating the cost of attendance for college. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at Cornell.

House and Food Costs at Cornell

Housing and campus dining at Cornell costs $15,846 a year. This number covers the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, and a meal plan that enables you to eat all or some of your meals the school dining facilities. Students who live off campus but still want to use the dining facilities can pay for a meal plan. The cost of board-only is $9,534.

Board costs vary based on on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.

How Much Do Books Cost at Cornell?

First-year students are sometimes surprised by how much books and supplies cost–and not in a good way. . The actual cost of books depends on the courses you take and what kinds of books and materials they require. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy books from students who have already taken the course.

Annual Fees

Most schools also have fees to offsets cost associated with maintaining facilties, like the computer labs and libraries, athletic facilities, and more. Full-time undergrads at Cornell can expect to pay around $730 in fees each academic year.

Keep in mind, there could also be additional fees associated with participating in certain activities, like Greek Life, or participating in sports or other extracurriculars. Most colleges have ways so that those with demonstrated need to find ways to lower or eliminate these costs.

The Cost of Transportation at Cornell

The total cost of getting around in college depends on a few key factors. Will you take a subway, car or an airplane to get to school?. Is on-campus parking free, or will you need to budget for parking? Is the campus walkable? Do you plan to bring a car or are you planning to use busses, subways, or other modes of transportation? All of these questions can make a big difference in your transportation budget. Keeping in mind, first-year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

A school's location can impact transportation costs. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the flip side, getting around in an urban area may be pricey, but there may be more buses, trains and low-cost flight options to actually get to school. Cornell Universityis located in a small town setting in New York, not far from Syracuse.

Are There Any Other Costs Associated With College?

When creating a budget for college, be sure to take into account personal expenses, like going out to eat or see shows, furnishing your living space, and things like haircuts, clothes and, yes, even toilet paper and shampoo .

Now, let’s do a rundown of all of the costs associated with college, to get a better idea of what is really costs to go to Cornell.

How Much Does Cornell Cost?

2021 Total Tuition and Expenses
Tuition $58,586
Room and Board $15,846
Board Only $6,312
Yearly Fees $730
Other expenses $1,850
Total Estimated Costs
On-Campus $78,002
Off-Campus $68,468

The breakdowns above provide a good estimate of the total cost of attendance before financial aid and scholarships. Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.

Cornell University Financial Aid

In 2021, 7,093 of the 15,043 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Cornell meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $52,017 a year. Around 42% of Cornell undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Cornell graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $32,372 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $17,957
State Loans $0
Cornell-Specific Loans $6,947
Private Loans $58,439
Most Common Loans for Cornell Students
Federal Loans 39%
Institutional Loans 25%
Private loans 8%

Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on Cornell financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at Cornell

Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.

In 2021, Cornell awarded 6,856 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $333.2 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $2.98 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

Cornell University Net Cost

The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.

Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for Cornell students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.

When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.

The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at Cornell was $52,017 in 2021. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Cornell seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
On-Campus $25,985
Off-Campus $16,451

What will attending Cornell really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.

As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families make more informed decisions about the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Cornell's net cost calculator on their website.

Cornell Tuition Payment Plans

Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.

Cornell does not have guaranteed tuition.

A Prepaid Tuition Plan is not available for Cornell students.

Cornell offers an Installment Payment Plan, which allows students to pay tuition in a series of smaller chunks instead of one lump sum.

Cornell Tuition Waivers

Schools sometimes offer tuition waivers to certain groups, to make attending more affordable. Some schools offer tuition waivers for faculty, staff, and their families , underrepresented students, or military students. Even if you qualify for a waiver, students are usually responsible for housing, meal plans, and other expenses.

Cornell has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: - Employees or Children of Employees

Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.

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Cornell Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$81,288

In State

$81,288

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$62,456
$62,456
Fees
$744
$744
Housing
$17,088
$17,088
Books
$1,000
$1,000

Cornell Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

47%

Average Financial Aid Package

$53,938

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

25,582

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

9%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$63,200

Out-of-State

$63,200

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 2
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