Cost, Billing, and Financial Aid

Costs & Billing

Students will be charged the same ILR tuition as if they were on-campus for the semester.  Additional costs while abroad will include housing, food, transportation, travel and personal expenses.  Detailed budgets for the major cities interns are sent (London, Dublin, Geneva) have been compiled by our office and will be provided to your student.  You should review this information thoroughly, keeping in mind that these estimates will vary depending on exchange rates and the personal needs of each student.

ILR tuition will continue to be directly billed by Cornell University. Housing will be the responsibility of each individual student to locate and arrange payment.

Financial Aid

Financial aid eligibility for students undertaking international internships is determined exactly the same as if they were in residence here in Ithaca.  All additional costs related to studying abroad will be considered at the time financial aid decisions are made.  The Office of Financial Aid is provided with the same budgets as we provide students, so any additional costs of being abroad will be taken into account.  Work-study aid is usually converted to loans.  Students receiving financial aid reimbursements are encouraged to sign up for Direct Deposit.

Eligibility Requirements

Students will receive 12 credits for the successful completion of the ILR Credit Internship Program which will make them full-time students for purposes of financial aid.  Students interested in pursuing an internship should bear in mind that TAP funds are only TAP funds are only available for credits taken under the auspices of a New  York State college or university.Your participation in the ILR Credit Internship Program will not effect your TAP eligibility as you will maintain your full-time status.  New York City interns are required to enroll in a special 4-credit ILR course offered through the School's metropolitan district office. The full-time status of interns in Washington, D.C., is also assured as a result of their mandatory enrollment in the 4-credit ILR course offered there. Students in NYC, Washington, D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland will receive a total of 16 credits for their participation in the ILR Credit Internship Program.  All other interns will receive 12 credits.  Keep in mind that you must check in advance to determine whether or not you are likely to receive transfer credit for any non-ILR or non-Cornell course(s) you might take. This is especially relevant for internships outside of New York State and Washington, D.C. A call to Ms. Jenn Weidner in the Office of Student Services will clear up any confusion in this regard.

Seeking Advice About Your Financial Circumstances

Each student whose financial circumstances might be jeopardized by participation in the internship program should consult an appropriate advisor in the Office of Student Services to determine whether or not such participation is feasible. Many sponsors do offer interns a stipend that can help to defray the sometimes higher costs of participating in the program.  Students requiring financial assistance should make their internship selections accordingly.

Tuition Payment

Tuition must be paid as scheduled to avoid late charges. All students will receive a minimum of 12 credits for their internship and in some locations will receive 16 if a ILR class is being offered.  Thus, all students will pay regular tuition at the full-time rate.  All students pursuing off-campus internships will receive a reduction in their student activity fees, however.