Application Fees

A nonrefundable application fee of $105 must be submitted with your online application. This fee covers the cost of processing your application for admission.


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

In limited cases, application fee waivers may be granted for the reasons outlined below. You can find a link to our fee waiver request form on the payment page of the online application.

If you qualify for a fee waiver, you will submit your application and the fee waiver request simultaneously. Your request for a waiver will be reviewed within 1-3 business days. If the fee waiver can’t be granted, you will be required to pay the application fee before your application materials can be forwarded to your proposed field of study for review. If you plan to request a fee waiver, be sure to plan ahead and submit your application at least 3 business days before the application deadline.

Financial Hardship: In cases where the application fee presents a financial hardship for an applicant, the Graduate School will consider a request for a fee waiver. You will need to provide an explanation of need to assist us in understanding why payment of the application fee presents a financial hardship.

Pipeline 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 underrepresented identities. 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 Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
  • American Political Science Association Minority Student Recruitment Program (APSA-MSRP)
  • 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 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 PhD Program
  • Cornell Diversity Preview Weekend (DPW)
  • Cornell High-Energy Synchrotron Source Summer REU Program
  • 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
  • Gates Millennium Scholars
  • The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM)
  • Grace Hopper Celebration
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • NeuroNex Technology Hub REU at Cornell
  • New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, Summer Research Scholars Program
  • Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM)
  • Out for Undergrad (O4U)
  • Peace Corps
  • Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI)
  • 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 Astronomy at Cornell
  • Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy
  • 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 MS to PhD Bridge Program
  • The PhD 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)

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, 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.