Attending college is a shared investment. You invest in your Cornell College education and your future, and we invest in you. We are committed to working individually with families to make a Cornell education as affordable as possible.

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Tuition, room, and board

The annual fees and charges for a student attending Cornell College in 2014-15 total approximately $46,000. This total includes tuition ($37,275), room ($3,800) and board ($4,700), and student fees ($225). More about tuition and fees

Merit and fine arts scholarships

Once you’ve been accepted at Cornell, we start working to make attending as affordable as possible. We start with a generous merit scholarship program.  Academic scholarships range from $10,000 to $25,000, and there are three full tuition scholarships available as well. We also offer fine arts scholarships, which are awarded to students regardless of major. Think of them as a reward for a job well done up to now. More about scholarships

Estimate your costs

To get the full picture of your cost to attend Cornell College, we encourage you to complete each section of your Net Price Calculator. You can use this tool as often as you like, so if you're unsure of some of your family's financial information, make a good guess and then come back to try again later. At the end of each step, you can have the results you'll see on your screen e-mailed to yourself or another family member.  

If you have questions, please contact us at 877-579-4049 or

2014-2015 Financial Assistance Handbook

Please review the financial assisatnce handbook to answer your questions about Cornell Financial Assistance programs and policies.

Other types of assistance

There are several options for you to fund your Cornell education. We offer merit-based scholarships, and most Cornell students receive federal grants, state of Iowa grants, or outside scholarships. We also offer a payment plan, and Cornell students have the option to offset their college expenses through work-study jobs, many of which have the dual benefit of providing valuable resume-building experiences. More about other types of assistance