Cornell College offers an attractive merit scholarship program. Many of our students earn academic scholarships, ranging in value from $10,000 to full tuition. Fine arts scholarships and awards range in value from $2,000 to full tuition, and are awarded to students regardless of major.

We also offer awards to transfer students and we connect students with a wide range of outside scholarships.

General scholarship guidelines

All students admitted to Cornell are eligible for Cornell scholarships. Scholarship recipients often qualify for additional need-based financial assistance, including grants, work-study programs and loans. Scholarships are renewable annually if you make satisfactory academic progress, with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

Decisions and notification

Scholarship decisions will be based on your overall attractiveness as a candidate for admission and on the date you submitted your application. You are not guaranteed an award simply by satisfying the eligibility criteria associated with a particular scholarship, and in some cases you may be offered a scholarship at a higher or lower level than your eligibility would indicate. You may be awarded a combination of a Cornell scholarship and award, though the award will be limited in value to $4,000 or less.

Academic scholarship notifications are made at the time of admission. Fine arts scholarships notifications are made once all required materials have been reviewed.

Applications and additional information