Beginning on January 1, 2015, you can reapply for financial aid for the 2015-2016 school year using the Renewal FAFSA on the Web at  Cornell's priority deadline for returning students to file the FAFSA is April 1.  While it is our goal to make it financially feasible for all students to return to Cornell, any student who submits his or her financial assistance application or the institutional application after April 1 will be awarded on a “funds as available” basis.  

IRS Data Retrieval Process
The Department of Education would like to encourage applicants and their parents to transfer tax information directly from the IRS website into the FAFSA to ensure that accurate information is provided on the FAFSA. Please click on the IRS Data Retrieval Process link above for instructions on how to complete this.

You and your parent(s) will need your U.S. Department of Education PIN to complete your 2015-2016 Renewal FAFSA on the Web.

If you and/or your parent(s) have forgotten your PIN, you can request a duplicate by going to and selecting the option “Request a Duplicate PIN.” From the PIN Web site, you can ask to have you and/or your parent’s PIN sent by e-mail or U.S. postal mail. You will receive the duplicate PIN immediately online or 4 hours by e-mail or in 7-10 days by postal mail.


The PIN gives you and your parent access to your personal financial aid information on the Web.

The PIN is your and your parent’s electronic signature!!

Your financial assistance award letter will be made available to you on your self-service site.  Please share your financial assistance award information with your parent (if applicable) as they will not receive a paper copy of your award letter.  Please visit the Sharing Information website for instructions on how to give your parent access to your financial aid and billing information as well as your grades.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact our office at or toll free at 877-579-4049

Helpful Hints

  • It is important to apply for financial assistance as early as possible after January 1, 2015, and before April 1, 2015.
  • If you or your parents are unable to complete and file your 2014 federal income tax returns by April 1, 2015, you should still complete and submit the federal financial assistance form with estimated figures.
  • Always print the student's name, or Cornell ID number at the top of any documentation you submit to the Financial Assistance Office for accurate identification.
  • Remember to make photocopies for your records of all documents that you complete and submit.
  • Before mailing any documents, make sure you have provided ALL required signatures.
  • FAFSA Tips and commons mistakes to avoid when filing the FAFSA
  • 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA
    This video was produced as a student's guide to completing the FAFSA. Please watch the video for instructions and tips on filing the FAFSA.