Application Fees

For graduate and professional degree programs affiliated with the Cornell Graduate School (please refer to our Fields of Study Catalog), a nonrefundable application fee of $105 is required at the time you submit your online application. This fee covers the cost of processing your application for admission.

Payment

  • You may pay using a credit or debit card.
  • Payment must be made through the online application form at the time you submit your application.

Application Fee Waivers

You can find a link to our fee waiver request form on the payment page of the online application form.

International applicants, as well as U.S. applicants, may be eligible for an application fee waiver. If you think you are eligible for a waiver, please submit your application and the fee waiver request at the same time, right in the application form. Waiver requests are reviewed and notifications are sent within one to three business days. Whenever possible, please submit your application with the fee waiver request at least three days before your application deadline. If your request is denied, you will receive a notification and you will be asked to revisit your application and pay the fee.

Fee waivers may be granted for the following reasons:

  1. Financial Hardship: You will need to provide a brief but well-considered explanation of how the application fee presents a financial hardship for you. Relevant factors include unemployment or underemployment, the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from a recent FAFSA, economic conditions in your home country, etc. Inquiries regarding financial hardship application fee waivers should be directed to gradadmissions@cornell.edu.
  2. Graduate School Pathways Program Participation: The Graduate School is pleased to offer application fee waivers to qualified participants of programs designed to provide educational and/or career support to students from historically underrepresented identities. Inquiries regarding pathway programs fee waivers should be directed to grad_assoc_dean@cornell.edu. Fee waivers are available to participants of the following programs:
    • African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)
    • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
    • Annual Ivy Plus University of Puerto Rico Event
    • American Economic Association Committee on the Status of Minorities in the Economics Profession Mentoring Program (CSMGEP: Mentoring Program)
    • American Economic Association Summer Training Program (AEASP)
    • American Geophysical Union Bridge Program (AGU Bridge)
    • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
    • American Political Science Association Minority Student Recruitment Program (APSA-MSRP)
    • AmeriCorps
    • Association Computing Machinery Women Council (ACM-W)
    • Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC)
    • Big 10 Grad Expo at Purdue University
    • Black in AI
    • Black Doctoral Network (BDN)
    • Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD)
    • Cal-Bridge Program
    • California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education
    • Carleton College Summer Mathematics Program for Women Undergraduates
    • Cientifico Latino Graduate School Mentorship Program
    • Center for Bright Beams Summer Program (CBB)
    • CCMR NSF PREM
    • CCMR Summer REU Program at Cornell
    • CLASSE Summer REU Program at Cornell
    • CLASSE Summer Research for Community College Students (SRCCS)
    • CNF/NNIN REU Program at Cornell
    • Columbia University Bridge to the Ph.D. Program
    • COMPASS
    • Cornell Diversity Preview Weekend (DPW)
    • Cornell High-Energy Synchrotron Source Summer REU Program
    • Cornell Life Sciences Diversity Recruitment Weekend (LSDRW)
    • Cornell, Maryland, Max Planck Pre-doctoral Research School
    • 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
    • The CUNY Pipeline Program
    • Ecological Society of America Diversity Forum
    • EDGE Program: Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education
    • ENGINE (engineering name exchange)
    • Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program
    • FLIP (Diversifying Future Leadership In the Professoriate) Alliance
    • Florida A&M Graduate Feeder Conference
    • Food Science Summer Scholars Program at Cornell
    • Fulbright
    • Gates Millennium Scholars
    • National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM)
    • Grace Hopper Celebration and ACM-W Chapters
    • HSI Pathways to the Professoriate: Cal State- Northridge, FIU, UTexas- El Paso, NYU, UC-Berkeley, UPenn, Northwestern, UC-Davis
    • 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)
    • LASPAU
    • Laureates & Leaders Program at MIT
    • LXAI (Latinx in AI, members only)
    • Teach for America
    • 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
    • Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship
    • 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)
    • MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP)
    • 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 of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP)
    • NeuroNex Technology Hub REU at Cornell
    • New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, Summer Research Scholars Program
    • NIH-MBRS
    • NIH-NIGMS
    • Ohio State University- Research Internship for Young Academics Program (OSU-RIYA)
    • Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM)
    • Out for Undergrad (O4U)
    • Peace Corps
    • Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI)
    • Philosophy of Law Undergraduate Summer School (PLUSS)
    • Plant Genome Research Summer Internship at Cornell
    • Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Material (PARADIM)
    • PREDOC Consortium
    • PREP
    • Project 1000
    • REU Program in Astronomy at Cornell
    • Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy
    • SHAWCO
    • 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 Immersion Program in Philosophy (SIPP)
    • Summer Institute for Literary and Cultural Studies (SILCS)
    • Summer Mathematics Institute at Cornell
    • Summer Program for Women in Mathematics (SPWM)
    • Summer Program for Women in Philosophy (SPWP)
    • Summer Undergraduate Research in Science and Engineering (SUnRiSE)
    • Tapia Conference
    • Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST)
    • The Ohio State University Physics M.S. to Ph.D. Bridge Program
    • The Ph.D. Project
    • The Sadie Collective
    • Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems (TAMNS)
    • Univ. of Arizona Summer Undergraduate Program for Engaging w/ Research (SUPER)
    • University of Michigan Building Bridges to the Doctorate Program
    • West Virginia University Summer Law Institute
    • Williams Math Summer Research Program
    • Williams Summer Humanities and Social Sciences Program (SHSS)
    • Women and Mathematics Program (WAM)

For Graduate School Pathways Programs Only: If you are an administrator or a participant of a program not listed above, you may request that we consider adding the program to our list of programs eligible for an application fee waiver for its participants by writing to grad_assoc_dean@cornell.edu, provided the program’s mission explicitly aligns with the Graduate School’s intentionally inclusive diversity mission and demonstrates a clear intent for students to enter a doctoral or research-based graduate program.