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    Cornell University Scholarships for International Students

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    Sugandhi Sood

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    To study at an ivy-league institution like Cornell is a big financial commitment for any international student planning to study abroad. Acknowledging this, through Cornell University scholarships and need-based aid, the university tries to offer financial assistance to its incoming students.

    At Cornell, the financial aid system various as per the level of study. While undergraduate students are offered only need-based financial assistance, graduate students are eligible for both need-based assistance and merit-based Cornell University scholarships and fellowships. In addition to tuition-based aid for international students, the university offers financial aid to defray the cost of living.

    For the academic session 2018-2019, Cornell University students were provided USD 412.9 million in total student financial support. These include need-based financial aid, merit-based Cornell University scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships. The Chart given below highlights the total funding put towards Cornell University scholarships, fellowships, and bursaries over the years:

    Cornell university Total financial aid funding

    Apart from university grants, international students are also eligible for several endowments grants available as Cornell University scholarships. One of the biggest endowment grant being the Tata Cornell University Scholarship awarded to Indian students commencing their UG studies at the university. Likewise, there are several endowment scholarships and fellowships for graduate students.

    Cornell University Scholarships for UG & PG Students

    As discussed, Cornell offers the majority of financial assistance through need-based grants and not Cornell University Scholarships. Furthermore, undergraduate students receive more financial assistance at Cornell than graduate students. In 2018/19, USD 267 million and USD 146 million were granted to students commencing Cornell undergraduate and graduate programs respectively.

    Undergraduate Students: The average Cornell grant offered to a first-year undergraduate student in Class of 2021 was USD 40,686 and the highest grant awarded was USD 76,997. The grant covers almost 50%-90% of tuition and fees expenses.

    Graduate Students: Merit-based Cornell University scholarships for graduate students are program-specific and based on admission applications. For instance, international students commencing Cornell Masters of Engineering program are eligible for Knight Scholarship ( upto USD 40,000) and MEC Scholarship ( USD 20,00- upto full-tuition).

    At the graduate level, students shortlisted for assistantships and fellowships are annually awarded USD 28, 036.

    Application for Cornell University Financial Aid

    Prospective applicants, seeking need-based financial assistance, are urged to express their requirements at the time of admission to Cornell University. To apply for financial aid, international applicants must complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) application.

    • The Cornell University financial aid deadlines are:
    • Early Decision: November 1
    • Regular Decision: January 2
    • Documents required to complete CSS profile
      • Tax returns
      • W-2 form/ records of current income
      • Records of untaxed income and benefits
      • Assets and bank statements

    Complete your CSS profile with utmost accuracy, any discrepancies will result in rejection of the application.

    External Scholarships at Cornell University

    As observed, international students are offered a limited financial assistance through Cornell University scholarships and bursaries. This stops several meritorious students from seeking admission at Cornell.

    To help these students fulfill their dream of getting a Cornell education and degree, various private organizations invest in their education. Over the years, this has led to a significant increase in the number of international students from countries like India, China, Brazil, etc.

    Some of the external Cornell University scholarships for Indian students are mentioned in the following table:

    Scholarship Name Level of Study Scholarship Benefits Scholarship Eligibility
    Fulbright Scholarship  Masters and research program Varies International student; commencing an eligible academic program
    JN Tata Endowment Scholarship Masters program INR 1,00,000- INR 10,00,000 Below 40 years; at least 65% in UG; Indian Student
    Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship Masters program Full tuition fees ( 50% award & 50% loan) Below 30 years of age; Belong to AKF eligible country; Enrolling in AKF relevant field
    KC Mahindra Trust Scholarship Masters program Varies; interest-free loan scholarship Indian student; above 65% in UG
    OPEC Fund for International Development Scholarship Bachelor and masters program Full tuition fees & Partial living expenses Citizen of developing country like India; commencing relevant program

    Applicants will have to apply for suitable external scholarships before commencing their chosen program at Cornell University. They must remember that each of these scholarships has separate eligibility criteria and selection process.

    With Cornell University scholarships and financial aid and external scholarships, international students can definitely pursue their chosen program at this ivy league institution. Cornell University aspirants are encouraged to explore their funding options and apply for an eligible scholarship and financial aid programs.

    Scholarships offered

    Tata Scholarship - Cornell University


    • International Student Eligible: Yes
    • Amount: Variable Amount
    • Type: Need-Based
    • Level of Study: Bachelor
    • Number of Scholarships: 20

    Young Women in Public Affairs Award


    • International Student Eligible: Yes
    • Amount: $4,000
    • Type: Merit-Based
    • Level of Study: Bachelor
    • Number of Scholarships: 10

    Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Program


    • International Student Eligible: Yes
    • Amount: Variable Amount
    • Type: Merit-Based
    • Level of Study: Bachelor
    • Number of Scholarships: N/A

    Forte Fellowship


    • International Student Eligible: Yes
    • Amount: $24,623
    • Type: Merit-Based
    • Level of Study: Master
    • Number of Scholarships: 3

    Go Clean Scholarship


    • International Student Eligible: Yes
    • Amount: $3,500
    • Type: Merit-Based
    • Level of Study: Bachelor
    • Number of Scholarships: 1

    TEC Scholarship


    • International Student Eligible: Yes
    • Amount: $1,000
    • Type: Merit-Based
    • Level of Study: Bachelor
    • Number of Scholarships: 1
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    It was the only good college near my home as I have done my entire bachelor while being away in different States. I wanted to do my MBA while being at home so that made me chose Johnson Graduate School of Management. I applied for it through the official portal and submitted my documents along with an application fee of $200.

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    My high school guidance counselor suggested I Cornell University for pursuing Architecture. After going through the course and the university, I loved everything about Cornell University. From the campus to the faculty and the dorms and mess and so I decided to apply. I applied through a common application online and paid an application fee of $80.

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    I was searching for colleges that provide dual degree so that I can get the most output out of my invested three years. After searching a lot I applied to 3 universities out of which my application got selected in 2. I choose Cornell University because of the awards it has won in the past. I paid $80 for the application which I had made online through their official website.

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    HS
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    The practical importance of a proper understanding of accounting concepts is an indispensable element in the growth of a business concern. Thus, after I completed my graduation and was focused on completing my post-graduate studies from the USA, I was vigorously researching on the internet. While reading through many of these educational blogs, I found out about the Johnson Graduate School of Management. After I went through the Alumni Association Page of the college and saw the companies which the graduates from this college were placed in, I was highly impressed. The positive feedback regarding its educational schemes and corporate placement turnover attracted me hugely towards taking the decision of getting admitted to this college.

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    A great network to be able to be successful in the future, allows me to extensively train for the career I want. Has a good social climate to be able to enjoy myself when I need a break from the tough work.

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    I have some financial aid to make education more affordable. This would be difficult without financial aid. They are good about aid but the process includes filling out lots of paperwork.

    It's the leading program in this field and I couldn't find it anywhere else. Very detailed and good instruction at Cornell's ILR School in Ithaca, NY about 4 hours from New York City. There are plenty of resources.

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