We hope that applying for financial aid is a relatively painless process. It is important to start early and compile all the required information.
To begin you will need:
U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for $20,500 with the Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan each year. In addition 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 any 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 you have been awarded the federal loans you are eligible for and would like to receive at Cornell Law School:
If you wish to be considered for institutional scholarships please submit the following:
Make sure that you:
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. Please print it out and submit it via mail or fax if you wish to receive this loan. The Department of Education will run 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