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Financial aid

Cornell undergraduates

Are you in need of financial assistance for Summer Session? If you are a Cornell undergraduate in good academic standing and you receive financial aid during the academic year, you may apply for summer financial aid through Cornell’s Undergraduate Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment. Funding is in the form of work expectation and loan awarded within need-based financial eligibility and availability of funds. Because funding is limited, you must apply by the April 24, 2015 deadline. Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All past-due bursar and CornellCard balances must be paid in full before submitting your aid application. Summer aid will not be processed and you will not be registered for Summer Session until balances from the prior fall and current spring are clear.

Financial aid application forms are available online at https://www.finaid.cornell.edu/forms. Please make sure that you pre-enroll in your courses prior to submitting an aid application, pre-enrollment deadlines allowing. You will receive electronic notification of your financial aid award to your Cornell e-mail account once it has been processed. The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment must receive written notification from you, the student, of all changes to enrollment once an aid application has been submitted. If you change enrollment or drop your courses entirely, your aid will be subject to change or be cancelled, making the student and family responsible for the payment of all charges.

Cornell Children's Tuition Scholarships (CCTS)

Children of an eligible Cornell employee who are attending an accredited institution for an undergraduate degree may receive a scholarship to take courses and special programs at Cornell during the summer.

Information on the CCTS program, including the amount awarded to students attending Summer Session, can be obtained from the Office of Human Resources, Cornell University, 395 Pine Tree Road, Suite 102, Ithaca, NY 14850 (telephone: 607.255.3936).

Other possible ways to fund your studies

Find a grant or fellowship: Search the Cornell Career Services Library for information about grants and fellowships. Also check out Cornell-affiliated programs and grants. Here are two that might be particularly useful:

  • Student Assembly Summer Experience Grant: Through the generosity of the Student Assembly Students Helping Students fund, a small number of grants are available to cover cost-of-living expenses to support students who obtain unpaid or minimally paid career-related experiences over the summer, either at home or away from home. Learn more.
  • Cornell Tradition: The Cornell Tradition recognizes and rewards outstanding undergraduates who demonstrate significant work experience, a commitment to campus and/or community service, and academic achievement. Funds are available for Tradition Fellows to help offset costs of the following: 1) living expenses for a summer career and/or non-profit summer internship; 2) living expenses for a service/leadership experience during winter and/or spring break; and 3) service or leadership projects during the academic year. Learn more.

Think outside the box: Throughout your planning, don't be afraid to get creative! Here's more advice about how to fund your summer study. And for inspiration, read how Michael Chapa, then a high school student (and now Cornell class of '17), found a way to fund his Summer College experience.