We hope that applying for financial aid is a painless process. It is important to start early, and to compile all the required information and documentation.
To begin you will need:
U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for $20,500 with the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan each year. Additionally, you may be eligible to receive the Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loan to cover the remaining cost. To apply for a federal loan, please:
After you have completed the FAFSA, you should receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). If there is an error message, you must address it by making the necessary changes to your report as soon as possible. If errors are not resolved, this may result in a delay of processing your financial aid. Once you have made a change, please send an email to the Financial Aid Office so that we can access the corrected report and offer you the appropriate federal loans.
Once your eligibility for federal loans is determined, and you decide you would like to receive these loans while a student at Cornell Law School, please do the following :
If you wish to be considered for institutional scholarships please submit the following:
Make sure that you:
For financial aid purposes, an applicant is considered independent if he/she has not been claimed on his/her parents' taxes for the past six CONSECUTIVE calendar years (2009-2014). If you think you are an independent student for grant purposes, please contact the Financial Aid Office well before completing the Need Access Report.
After your financial aid file is complete, your file will be reviewed by our financial aid committee. You will receive communication via regular mail or email, which will contain information about your financial aid.
Note: If you are being offered the Federal Graduate Plus Loan in your notification, and wish to receive this loan, the required paper application is located on our website in the "Forms" section. If you wish to receive this loan, please print the application and submit it via e-mail, mail or fax to the Law School's Financial Aid Office. The Department of Education will conduct a credit check for this loan and will notify you if further documentation or action is required.
Financial Aid Office
226A Myron Taylor Hall
Cornell Law School
Ithaca, NY 14853