Cost of attendance

Each year, the Graduate School prepares a nine-month student expense budget defining standard allowances for education costs for graduate and professional students. Tuition and other budget figures for the 2013-14 academic year are listed below.




Tuition and fees*



Room and Board



Books and Supplies



Personal Expenses



Total Cost of Attendance



*Contract college tuition for research degrees (M.A., M.S., M.S./Ph.D., Ph.D.) and non-degree students: $20,800.
**Endowed tuition for research degrees (M.A., M.S., M.S./Ph.D., Ph.D.) and non-degree students: $29,500.

Room and Board
The room and board allowance should permit a student comfortable, but modest, housing and a balanced diet. Your living costs will depend on your lifestyle and living arrangements. Discretionary lifestyle choices cannot be subsidized by federal or private education loans.

Books and Supplies
The allowance for books and supplies is sufficient for the purchase of all required books and supplies.

Personal Expenses
The personal allowance covers necessary student-related living expenses other than room and board and student health insurance, such as routine costs of transportation to and from campus, (including parking fees) and basic telephone service.

Your education-related costs may be different from the budget we use for financial aid purposes. Please remember that you cannot use education loans (even private education loans) to cover costs above our published budget. You may have to plan carefully to ensure that you can meet all your expenses during the year.

Additional expenses, up to but not exceeding the amount listed here, can be used to increase the cost-of-attendance amount, but this is determined on a case-by-case basis after a student submits appropriate documentation and completes the budget-increase form, available on our website.


Allowed Additional Expenses 2013-14*

Cornell Health Insurance student premium**



Cornell Dental Health student premium**



Cornell Vision student premium**


One-time computer purchase (must provide receipt

as proof of purchase)


Dental(not covered by health insurance)

case by case

Medical(not covered by health insurance)

case by case

*Health insurance costs are estimated and will be updated by June 1.
For more information, please contact Student Health Insurance at 607-255-6363.