Application Fees

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 hardship 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.). Submit your financial hardship waiver request 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 application fee waivers to qualified participants of these programs. For the programs listed below, applicants can request a fee waiver BEFORE submitting their application by sending the following information to

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Name of program (from list below) that you participated in 
  • Dates of program participation 
  • Degree program you are applying to at Cornell 

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. Upon review and approval, you will be issued a fee waiver code via email and instructions for how to use it. Incomplete waiver requests will not be reviewed. If the application deadline arrives before you receive a fee waiver code, you will be responsible for paying the application fee and you will not be issued a refund. A fee waiver will not be retroactively applied to an application that has already been paid for and submitted. 

  • 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 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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)
  • The Ohio State University Physics MS to PhD Bridge Program
  • The PhD Project
  • The Sadie Collective
  • Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems (TAMNS)
  • 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 diversity mission and demonstrates a clear intent for students to enter a doctoral or research-based graduate program.