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Payment methods

Payment may be made by check, money order, interbank wire transfer, or through Cornell Net.Pay. Please look for instructions on your e-bill.

If you have an outstanding indebtedness to the university, you will not be allowed to register, obtain a transcript, have academic credits certified, be granted a leave of absence, or receive a degree until the indebtedness is satisfactorily cleared with the Office of the Bursar.

The amount, time, and manner of payment of tuition and fees, and other charges, may be changed at any time and without notice.


Net.Pay is a web-based billing and payment service, available to students with a Cornell student ID and NetID, that enables you to make fast, secure, and convenient online payments with a U.S. checking or savings account. Please note: Net.Pay cannot be used for non-refundable deposits.


Checks for payment of tuition will be accepted only if they are:

  • made payable to "Cornell University"
  • drawn on banks located in the United States, and
  • payable in U.S. dollars.

Checks returned for insufficient funds are charged a $25 fee (to be replaced by cash, cashier's check, or U.S. money order). You are also charged any applicable late fees incurred as a result.

College savings plans (such as 529s)

For information about college savings plans, please see Bursar Services.

Pay by mail

Mail your payment with a completed course-enrollment form or a printout of your online enrollment summary* to:

Cornell University Summer Session
B20 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-2801

Payments must be postmarked by the deadlines below.

Pay in person

Bring your payment with a completed course-enrollment form or a printout of your online enrollment summary* to B20 Day Hall by the deadlines below.

Payment deadline

Payment is due in full for all sessions in which you're enrolled according to whichever deadline below comes first:

  • either on or before May 6, 2016, or
  • on or before the deadline that appears on your summer bursar bill.

In addition, all prior balances must be paid to avoid registration delays.

Tuition for off-campus and special programs varies. Please see individual program descriptions.

Payments made after the deadline will incur a late registration fee.

*Note: If your online enrollment has already been processed by the registrar, mail or bring your e-mail confirmation with payment.