Current Students

Apply or Renew Aid

Below are the financial aid application requirements if you are a current undergraduate student at Cornell interested in applying for or renewing your financial aid.

  • If you did not apply for and receive financial aid last year, you must first contact our office to be set up for the College Board's Document Imaging (IDOC) service. 
  • If you are enrolling in a summer session, winter session, off-campus program, or are part of a consortium agreement or engineering co-op, find additional instructions about your financial aid situation here. Then follow the steps and deadlines below to apply.
  • Current international students should contact the International Students and Scholars Office regarding their financial aid.

Use our simplified checklist to make sure you've got all the required elements together before submitting your application.

Due By May 9, 2014 (postmarked)

Complete the 2014-2015 College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE online

This, along with your FAFSA information, will help determine your eligibility for Cornell student aid funds.

  • Cornell's CSS code is 2098

Complete the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online

The FAFSA determines your eligibility for the low-interest Federal Direct Stafford Loan as well as federal and state grants.

  • Cornell's FAFSA code is 002711

Print your IDOC Cover Sheet (available in early February)

  • Fill out the IDOC Cover Sheet completely and submit all paper documents to IDOC
  • Submit only ONE packet to IDOC
  • First time applicants must contact our office to initiate the IDOC process

Submit 2013 federal tax returns for custodial parent(s) in the IDOC packet

  • Include 1040(s), all schedules, W2s, and business returns (if applicable)
  • Must be copies of returns actually filed with the IRS
  • If 2013 will not be filed, submit the IDOC non-filing statement for parents
  • US and foreign taxes can be sent to IDOC. 

Submit 2013 federal tax returns for student in the IDOC packet

2014-2015 Cornell Financial Aid Application for Continuing Students

  • Must be signed by all parties submitting information as part of the aid application
  • Include this completed form in your packet to IDOC

If parents are divorced, separated, or were never married:

Note: If the noncustodial parent requirement was previously waived, this section may be skipped.


Complete the Noncustodial Parent PROFILE

  • Following completion of the CSS PROFILE registration process, the College Board will provide the student with instructions and information to pass on to the noncustodial parent. 

Submit 2013 federal tax returns for noncustodial parent(s)

  • Include 1040(s), all schedules and W2s
  • Must be copies of returns actually filed with the IRS
  • If the noncustodial parent is re-married, the current spouse's information is also required
  • Noncustodial parent taxes may be included in the packet to IDOC or submitted separately to Cornell's Processing Center
  • If no taxes were filed with the IRS for 2013, submit the IDOC non-filing statement for parents and submit to Cornell's Processing Center

You may be selected for federal verification

You may be selected for federal verification as part of your application for federal financial aid. If so, we will notify you (the student) via email with instructions. Your Student Center "To Do List" will also be updated with detailed requirements.