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Cornell University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$57,911 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$43,185 tuition
$13,678 on campus room & board
$820 books
$228 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$57,911 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$43,185 tuition
$13,678 on campus room & board
$820 books
$228 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$33,006 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
66% of students receive aid
17% get federal aid ($5,878 avg)
16% get state aid ($2,341 avg)
52% get institn'l aid ($33,006 avg)
30% get loans ($6,315 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 4.58% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 4.58% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $33,434 55%
Federal Grant Aid $5,878 17%
Pell Grants $4,131 17%
Other Federal Grants $2,730 11%
Institution Grant Aid $33,006 52%
State Grant Aid $2,341 16%
Student Loans $6,315 30%
Federal Loans $4,200 29%
Other Loans $10,581 7%

Merit Aid Available

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
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Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: -
Financial aid deadline: January 2
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: April 1
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: June 1
Financial Aid Contact Info
300 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-2000
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $1,155
Out of State $1,155


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 2
  • Allison from Deerfield, IL
  • Jan-14-2015 I am a current student here

    Not going to sugarcoat it: Cornell is really expensive, and they continue to nickel-and-dime you after you get there. They have really good financial aid, and will meet demonstrated need. But unlike a lot of schools, there's no free printing, gym passes, or buses (first-year students do get free bus passes, but after that you'll want to buy one). Not necessarily a deal-breaker, but something to think about.

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  • Carli from Rochester Hills, MI
  • Dec-30-2014 I am a current student here

    Although Cornell is expensive, the school is very accommodating when it comes to financial aid in most cases. Depending on your financial background, the school will do its best to help you attend. Unfortunately, you have to pay for laundry, a gym membership, and parking, among other things.

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  • Christina from Oakland Gardens, NY
  • Dec-27-2014 I am a current student here

    Everything about Cornell is expensive. Although it is a wonderful school, the tuition is very hefty. Unless the parents do not mind paying such a large sum of money or Cornell offered significant financial aid, Cornell would not be a price friendly option.

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  • Melinda from Ithaca, NY
  • Dec-14-2014 I am a current student here

    I really don't know yet. The money you pour into this university leaves you deliriously broke. So unless your mom and dad make a ton of money, get a job while you're here.

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  • Denzel
  • Jul-11-2014 I am a past student here

    I was always comfortable with knowing my money was being well spent. Due to the funding Cornell gave to one of my clubs, I was able to go to conferences in Nashville, St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh, paying less than $150 each time. I also took advantage of a lot of free services such career services, transcript orders, bus pass and more than I can count. Also, if you are from a warm climate (e.g. California, Texas, Florida, etc.) the financial aid office will reimburse you up to $500 for your winter clothing if you submit a budget increase form. As far as post graduation, Cornell really helped me get into a PhD program in Mechanical Engineering even though my grades were not that high.

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