Apply for Financial Assistance

If you're a prospective or incoming student, applying for financial assistance at Cornell is easy—just follow these simple steps. Current Cornell students can reapply for financial assistance here. If you have questions along the way, feel free to contact us.

  1. Apply for admission as early as possible. We can’t award financial assistance until you have been admitted to the College.
  2. Complete your tax returns as early as possible to make filing for the FAFSA easier.
  3. Sign up for Personal Identification Numbers now at www.pin.ed.gov/. In order to submit the FAFSA, students and parents must have Personal Identification Numbers that will serve as electronic signatures.
  4. Complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. This application will go smoother if your taxes are complete and you already have Personal Identification Numbers.
  5. Add Cornell College (school code 001856) before submitting! Failure to add our code before March 1 may delay your financial assistance award.
  6. Receive and review your Student Aid Report (SAR). This report includes your estimated family contribution. If there are errors, you may correct them online. If you have special circumstances not reflected in the FAFSA that you’d like us to consider, tell us about them using our special circumstance form.

Tips for making the FAFSA process easier: