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Rates and Charges

The handling of money is an educational experience, and for this reason college business affairs are usually conducted directly with the student. Accounts must be paid promptly for the student to remain enrolled at the college.

The total charges listed below do not include such additional expenses as books, music lessons, and student practice teaching (see “Other Fees and Charges”). There are no refunds or adjustments for vacation terms.




Activity Fee


Full Board


Full Year Charges






Full Semester (3 or 4 blocks)






Two Blocks in a Semester






One Block in a Semester






We remind you that, as set forth in the catalogue, “students who enter after Term One must register for all of the terms remaining in that academic year.”                                                                                                                                         

To determine the amount due upon enrollment:                                                              

1.  The student enrolled full time for the fall pays Cornell by August 10 on the semester payment plan or establishes a 10-month payment plan by August 1.       

2. Qualified students enrolled for less than eight terms may be eligible for adjusted amounts of financial aid. Failure to earn course credits may result in re-evaluation of a student’s eligibility for financial aid. For details regarding satisfactory academic progress, contact the Registrar’s office or the Office of Financial Assistance.   

3. Specific questions on the above should be directed to the Business Office.       

4. Questions regarding financial aid should be directed to the Office of Financial Assistance.                                                                                                                      

The semester charges are payable in full on August 10 for students entering or returning in Term One. The scheduled charges above are payable in full prior to the beginning of the student’s first term if the student enters or returns in a term other than Term One. The college offers monthly payment plan options in cooperation with an outside billing service company, CashNet. Enrollment information is listed online and signup and payment can be done through the Cornell Self Service website. Payments may be made directly to the college by enrolling in the semester payment plan option. The first semester is due August 10 and the second semester is due January 10. Through the combined use of a deferred payment plan and student loans, college expenses may be met by monthly payments extending over four, five, or even 15 years. The deferred payment plans referred to above are reviewed annually and are subject to change each year.

Transcripts and other official statements or certifications will not be issued for a student who has past due financial obligations to the college, nor will a diploma be granted to any student who has failed to settle her or his college bills. Students whose accounts are delinquent at the end of any term may not be allowed to enroll in the following term.

The annual tuition and fees usually cover tuition charges for approved off-campus programs, but an additional charge will be made if costs to the college exceed the regular tuition.

The charges for the ensuing year are usually announced by March 1. In the event of unusual fluctuations in operating costs, the administration reserves the right to revise the rates. Student tuition at Cornell College meets about two-thirds of the educational costs. The college obtains the other one-third each year from gifts and from earnings on invested endowment funds.