Leadership Alliance participant Erika O'Bannon with Professor Margaret Washington. The Graduate School waives admission fees for members of the Leadership Alliance and other select programs.

The nonrefundable application fee of $105 must be submitted with the online application. 


Payment must be made using either:

  1. an e-check in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank, or
  2. a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover credit card.

Payment must be made through the online application.

Application fee waivers

Financial Hardship: In cases where the application fee presents a financial harship for an applicant, the Graduate School will consider a request for a fee waiver. Please include documentation of need such as a letter from a college financial aid office. If you are not a current student or are unable to obtain a financial aid letter, include a brief description of your financial need and any documentation that supports your request (W2, tax return form, etc.). An email request must be sent to Be sure to include the degree program to which you plan to apply. Please note: fee waiver requests will be processed Monday through Friday, during normal business hours, with the exception of holidays and breaks when the university is closed. Allow up to three business days for your request to be processed.

Pipeline Programs: The Graduate School is pleased to offer admission fee waivers to qualified participants of these programs. For the programs listed below, applicants can request a fee waiver and send the following information to  name, date of birth, name of the undergrad summer research or other grad school prep program you participated in and date of participation, name of the field to which you are applying at Cornell. You will receive an email reply with a fee waiver code and instructions for how to use it. Please note: fee waiver requests will be processed Monday through Friday, during normal business hours, with the exception of holidays and breaks when the university is closed. Allow up to three business days for your request to be processed.

  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
  • Annual Ivy Plus Puerto Rico Event
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
  • American Political Science Association Minority Student Recruitment Program (APSA-MSRP)
  • Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC)
  • Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition at Purdue University
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
  • Black Doctoral Network (BDN)
  • California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education
  • Cal State Northridge HSI Pathways to the Professoriate
  • Carleton College Summer Mathematics Program for Women Undergraduates
  • Center for Bright Beams Summer Program
  • CCMR Summer REU Program at Cornell
  • CLASSE Summer REU Program at Cornell
  • CNF/ NNIN REU Program at Cornell
  • Cornell High-Energy Synchotron Source Summer REU Program
  • Cornell Summer Math Institute (CSMI)
  • Cornell Summer School on Designing Technology for Social Impact
  • Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
  • CU Integrated Graduate Education, Research and Training (IGERT) Visitation
  • EBB-NBB Diversity Hosting Weekend
  • EDGE Program: Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education
  • Engineering Name Exchange: Michigan, Duke, Georgia Tech & UC Berkeley
  • Food Science Summer Scholars Program at Cornell
  • Gates Millennium Scholars
  • The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM)
  • Grace Hopper Celebration and ACM-W Chapters
  • Dr. John H. Hopps Jr. Defense Research Scholars Program
  • The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS Annual Conference)
  • Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)
  • Ivy Plus STEM Symposium
  • Laureates & Leaders Program at MIT
  • The Leadership Alliance
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Summer Undergraduates (LSAMP)
  • Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI)
  • Mathematics Summer REU Program at Cornell
  • MBG Summer REU Program at Cornell
  • McNair Scholars
  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program
  • Mentoring, Educating, Networking, and Thematic Opportunities for Research in Engineering & Sciences (MENTORES)
  • Microbial Friends and Foes REU
  • Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC)
  • Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS)
  • National Astronomy Consortium (NAC)
  • National Name Exchange
  • National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCCHE)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP)
  • National Society fo Hispanic Physicists (NSHP)
  • New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, Summer Research Scholars Program
  • Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM)
  • Out for Undergrad (O4U)
  • Plant Genome Research Summer Internship at Cornell
  • Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Material (PARADIM)
  • PREP
  • Project 1000
  • REU Program in Observation Astronomy at Cornell
  • Shoals Marine Lab in Maine
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • SoNIC Summer Workshop
  • Summer Institute for Literary and Cultural Studies (SILCS)
  • Summer Mathematics Institute at Cornell
  • Summer Program for Women in Mathematics (SPWM)
  • Summer Undergraduate Research in Science and Engineering (SUnRiSE)
  • Tapia Conference
  • Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST)
  • Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems (TAMNS)
  • Williams Math Summer Research Program