A Cornell education provides excellent value. In fact, very few families pay the full cost of a Cornell education. Many of our students benefit from our generous financial aid programs, with grants, scholarships, loans, and work study reducing their college costs to affordable levels. 

Tuition and fees for 2017-2018

Cornell's comprehensive fees for the 2017-2018 academic year are $49,990 which breaks down like this:

Residence (standard double room)
Residence (single room) $5,000
Fees $225
Total $49,990

Other costs to consider

Enrollment deposit $300
Books (estimated) $1,339
Parking permit $45
Private music lessons (per semester) $650
Personal expenses (estimated) $1,701
In-state travel allowance $1,514
Out-of-state travel allowance $2,149

Cost comparisons

Compare Cornell's comprehensive fees to peer colleges in the tables below. (Note that the data is for the 2016-17 academic year.)

2016-2017 Costs at ACM Colleges

School Tuition & Fees
Cornell College $48,800
Coe College $49,820
Beloit College $55,206
Carleton College $64,071
Colorado College $62,560
Grinnell College $60,738
Knox College $52,615
Lake Forest College $53,926
Lawrence University $54,498
Luther College $48,540
Macalester College $61,905
Monmouth $43,790
Ripon $46,911
St Olaf $54,260

2016-2017 Costs at Iowa Colleges

School Tuition & Fees
Cornell College $48,800
Central College $44,592
Simpson College $43,839
Wartburg College $47,840

2016-2017 Costs at "Colleges That Change Lives"

School Direct Costs
(Tuition, Room, Board and Fees)
Cornell College $48,800
Earlham College $54,870
Ohio Wesleyan University $55,860
Southwestern University $52,650
The College of Wooster $57,900
Denison University $60,930
Millsaps College $50,420
Hope College $41,250
Kalamazoo College $53,931
Rhodes College $56,010
Wabash College $52,750