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.


  • 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 request a fee waiver through 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 asking you to revisit your application and pay the fee.

Fee waivers may be granted for the following reasons:

  1. Financial Hardship: In exceptional cases, applicants may be approved for a financial hardship waiver. Requests are typically only approved for applicants to fully funded doctoral or research master’s programs, or those who will submit a FAFSA to apply for federal student aid to pay for their program. If you apply for a financial hardship waiver, you will need to provide a brief but well-reasoned 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. You can type your explanation on the fee waiver request page of the application form.
  2. Graduate School Pathways Program Participation: The Graduate School is also 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. Click here for a list of eligible Pathways Programs