Financial aid and CCTS
Students who already are receiving Cornell financial aid are eligible to apply to the aid office in 203 Day Hall in late January 2018. Anyone applying in January should hear back from the aid office before the deposit deadline. You may make inquiries at any time before January about the nature of aid that might be available.
The deadline for applying for and receiving aid are much earlier for summer international programs than for on-campus programs. Although students may continue to apply for aid through February and March, they nevertheless must make deposits for tuition and housing on February 21, 2018, and then make an arrangement to be reimbursed later by the aid office, should the aid cover all tuition and housing costs.
Once you have made the deposits for tuition and housing, your remaining payments can be bursared—that is, can be made through electronic transfer without your having to write additional checks.
Students who are not receiving Cornell financial aid may contact the Cornell financial aid office in 203 Day Hall for help in applying for loans.
Students who are the dependents of Cornell staff or faculty may be eligible for tuition support for the Rome summer program through the Cornell Children's Tuition Scholarships (see below).
If you expect to apply for financial aid, you should identify yourself as a prospective financial-aid student and include your student ID number when making initial contact with any of the instructors.
Because you must list the cost of your airfare in your financial-aid application, you should try to reserve your airline tickets as soon as you are provisionally accepted into the program.
Your airline tickets must be booked round trip from your city of departure (normally your home city or Ithaca) to Rome, and must cover only the period of the program.
In order to begin the financial-aid application process, you must first contact one of the three instructors to discuss your courses and their availability. Once you are accepted provisionally into the program, the program will send your Cornell student ID to the financial aid office in 203 Day Hall, so that the aid office can begin to research your qualifications even before you fill out the application forms. However, you must also contact the financial aid office yourself and complete your application forms.
You will need to visit both B20 Day Hall and 203 Day Hall more than once in order to complete the paperwork for your aid. Please be alert for e-mails, and please save all copies of e-mail communications relevant to your provisional acceptance in the program and to your aid application and funding.
Enrollment versus registration: Your enrollment for particular courses is not the same thing as registration for the program. You will not be able to register for the program until your aid has been approved and funds for your tuition and program fee can be electronically transferred to your bursar account. In other words, filling out one set of forms in B20 Day Hall is not the end of the enrollment and registration process. Your registration will not be completed until late in spring term.
If you do not receive enough aid to cover 100 percent of the program, you may wish to inquire about an additional loan that the financial aid office can help you apply for. Normally, a loan that can be used to cover the "family contribution" portion of your Rome costs can be processed quickly, but you must apply for it in a timely fashion.
No later than February 21, you must make a $1,500 tuition deposit in B20 Day Hall and a $750 housing deposit in Sibley Hall.
You will have received information about your funding from the aid office by the deposit deadline. If you decide not to proceed with your aid application(s) and wish to relinquish your seat in the program, please contact both the aid office and one of the professors immediately.
Deposits are nonrefundable. However, if it happens that your aid package covers 100 percent of your costs for the Rome summer program, then you will be reimbursed in May for the cost of your tuition deposit—that is, you will be making the payment in February but will receive it back from the aid office once your funds are processed.
If your aid covers all or part of your air transportation cost, you may apply for either an advance or a reimbursement from the financial aid office. (Most students apply for reimbursements rather than advances.)
Your tuition, program fees, and housing fees, if they are covered by your aid (and usually they are), will be paid on your behalf by electronic transfer from the financial aid office in May. Any cash you have coming to you for out-of-pocket expenses in Rome will be paid to you by the financial aid office before you leave for Rome—but you must remain in touch with the aid office yourself and make the appropriate applications for your funds. Only you can apply for and receive your aid.
Before you leave for Rome, you should have made an arrangement with the aid office to transfer any cash you have coming to you (that is, money not used for tuition, program fee or housing) into an American checking account that you can access with an ATM card while you are in Rome.
Cornell Children's Tuition Scholarships (CCTS)
If you are the son or daughter of a Cornell staff person or professor, you may be eligible for tuition assistance if the Rome summer courses fulfill requirements in your degree program at Cornell or another university. You should make an appointment with Human Resources to discuss your eligibility and the application process. If you hope to use CCTS funds to enroll in the Rome summer program, please notify Professor Taft or Professor Vaughn that you are applying for CCTS money, so that you can discuss with one of them the extension you may need in order to arrange for your tuition payment.