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. If you're a current Cornell student, you can skip these steps and 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. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Be sure to list Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa (Title IV Federal School code: 001856), on the form. For priority consideration, file your FAFSA after January 1 but before March 1

    Cornell College’s priority deadline to file the federal FAFSA form is March 1, 2014.  While it is our goal to make it financially feasible for any admitted student to attend Cornell, any student who submits his or her financial assistance application or the institutional application after March 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.
  3. FAFSA Tips and Common Mistakes to Avoid when Filing out the FAFSA.  Errors you make when filling out the FAFSA could delay your application.  This information highlights some common errors you should avoid when filling out the FAFSA and provides tips to help you fill out the application.

  4. Be sure to review your Student Aid Report (SAR) that you receive from the processor. 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.

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.