Parents of Admitted Students

Congratulations, and welcome to the Cornell University community!

Learning at Cornell is an experience that will both inspire and challenge. And that's just the way founder Ezra Cornell planned it: Ezra's founding philosophy was "I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study." This spring, as your student makes their college choice, we hope to answer any questions your family may have about choosing Cornell as their home for the next four years. The new students checklist and Cornell First-Year Experience websites offer great information to guide you in learning more about the next steps to enrolling at Cornell. The University has several resources for parents and families, compiled on the parents website.

Our admissions blog offers a myriad of student and staff perspectives on the University. Some of the posts that may interest you include:

Please keep in touch if you have any questions we can assist with. We are so excited to welcome your family to the Cornell community!


Parent & Family Panel Video

Join two Cornell parents and Deputy Director of Admissions, Pamela Tan, for a conversation on their experience as parents of Cornell students, filmed in April 2020.


Financial Aid Information

Newly admitted students and their families can find information regarding financial aid on the financial aid website.

    Frequently Asked Financial Aid Questions

    I haven’t applied for aid yet. Can I still apply?
    I’ve submitted my application and I haven’t heard back yet. What do I do?
    How do I check my Financial Aid To Do List?
    I’ve received my aid package and need help understanding it.
    I want a better overall understanding of Cornell financial aid.
    Do you have financial aid video tutorials?
    Can I appeal my financial aid decision?
    How was my parent contribution calculated?
    How will an outside scholarship or tuition benefit affect my aid offer?
    May I use my veteran education benefits?
    What are some important things to remember about financial aid at Cornell?
    What do you use the FAFSA for?
    What is the cost of attendance?
    What kind of assets are you looking at?
    Why have I not received my financial aid offer?
    Why is my FAFSA EFC lower than the EFC Cornell calculated?
    What is a Student Contribution?
    How Can I Qualify for New York State Resident Tuition?

    For questions regarding financial aid at Cornell, please contact our Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment.


    Next Steps for Your Student

    The new student checklist will detail next steps for your student as they complete their plans to enroll at Cornell this fall. The checklist will prompt them to sign up for housing and dining, complete required forms, and keep them on track to prepare for the fall.

    For an overview of Cornell's housing and dining options, and to learn more about our Living-Learning communities, watch our video!


    Contact Us

    Please contact us if we can help you with any questions as your student makes their college choice this spring.

    • Email:
    • Phone (M - F 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM EDT): (607) 255-5241
    • Text (Domestic phone numbers only) (M - F 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT): 607-228-2129

    Congratulations again, and welcome to the Big Red Family!