Students admitted to the ILR School have been selected because of their academic abilities and demonstrated interest in the program, regardless of their ability to afford a Cornell education. Cornell is committed to providing educational opportunity and access, including easing the financial burden for students and parents.
Cornell follows a need-blind admissions policy, which means financial aid is awarded solely based on financial need. Approximately 50% of Cornell’s undergraduate students are receiving aid.
Cornell is committed to helping students attend, and we encourage you to apply for aid if you have concerns about affording a Cornell education.
Each aid application is carefully reviewed and a specific aid package is designed to meet a family’s need and may include a combination of need-based scholarships, grants, loans and work-study employment.
Financial aid is awarded to Early and Regular Decision first year applicants and to transfer students.
For more information, visit Cornell's financial aid site.
The most current and complete information of tuition is available from Cornell's main tuition site. Keep in mind that ILR is one of Cornell's contract colleges.
Cornell Commitment programs
ILR applicants are nominated during the admissions process to receive one of three Cornell Commitment fellowships for excellence in Community Service, Leadership and Research.
The Cornell Tradition, the Hunter R. Rawlings III Cornell Presidential Research Scholars, and the Meinig Family Cornell National Scholars recognize, reward, and encourage further development of a select group of students who exemplify Cornell's commitment to academic excellence, work and service, research and discovery, and leadership and learning, and in so doing, enrich their experience at Cornell and beyond.
ILR financial assistance
As a student within ILR you will have access to school resources to assist with research, community service and study abroad.
ILR supports undergraduate students pursuit of a global education. International grants are available to support:
- international volunteer work with a group or organization engaged in activities broadly related to ILR's mission
- the international fieldwork component of a research project
- presenting or serving as a panelist at an ILR-related global conference
- language immersion program where student has already undertaken classroom study
Academic year and summer research fellowships are awarded to ILR students to engage in both independent research or to join a faculty member project. Students can conduct research on the Ithaca, New York campus, in New York City, Buffalo, New York or across the globe.