Prospective International Applicants
Cornell University practices need-aware international admissions and provides financial aid to admitted students and undocumented students who apply for financial aid and have demonstrated financial need. International applicants who indicate on their applications that they will not be applying for financial aid (and who are admitted) will not be eligible to apply for financial aid at any time as an undergraduate at Cornell. Applicants who anticipate the need for financial assistance at any point during their undergraduate course of study at Cornell must apply for aid when they apply for admission.
Follow the instructions and deadlines below. If you are an undocumented applicant, please refer to these deadlines.
Current Cornell students who receive international financial aid should see the re-application requirements.
Financial Aid Deadlines:
Please pay close attention to the deadlines. Late applications may not be considered.
- Spring Transfer - Aid is not available for Spring 2022 international transfer applicants.
- Early Decision – November 1, 2022
- Regular Decision – January 2, 2023
- Fall Transfer – March 15, 2023
- Complete the College Scholarship Service CSS Profile
- CSS Profile is found at https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/
- Cornell’s undergraduate CSS Code is 2098
- If parents are divorced, separated, or were never married, your noncustodial parent will need to complete a separate CSS Profile. Each parent will access their CSS Profile with different College Board log-in credentials.
- College Board recommends that the student and the custodial parent start the CSS Profile application first. Although the noncustodial parent can start the application at any time, the noncustodial parent will not be able to complete the application until the student selects a college that requires the CSS Profile from the noncustodial parent.
- To keep financial information private, the student and parents should not share their College Board account passwords with each other.
- If the whereabouts of your noncustodial parent are unknown, or if you have extenuating circumstances regarding your situation, complete the Noncustodial Parent Waiver Petition.
- College Board has created interactive instructions to assist you.
- Applicants who are unable to submit the online CSS Profile should contact us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org well in advance and prior to the stated application deadlines
- CSS Profile fee waiver requests must be sent to email@example.com by the stated application deadlines
Important to note:
- Applicants who have dual U.S. citizenship should follow the instructions for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
- Applicants should be prepared to submit additional information to Cornell University upon request, including but not limited to: parent and student 2018 and/or 2019 income information, noncustodial parent income and asset information, and a photocopy of your passport or citizenship documents.
- We practice need-aware international admissions and the offer of admission is directly linked to your ability to meet expenses. International candidates whose families have the financial means to afford educational costs are encouraged not to apply for financial aid.
- Review some Frequently Asked Questions regarding international financial aid at Cornell. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact us via email.
- The Internal Revenue Service classifies grant aid in excess of tuition and mandatory fees as taxable income and requires Cornell to withhold 14% in taxes if you are a non-resident alien and not eligible for exemption from taxes under a tax treaty.
- My Undocumented Life provides resources about scholarships for undocumented residents.