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Finances

What is the Bursar?

The Office of the Bursar oversees the activities involved in billing and collecting tuition, fees, and other charges incurred by students, as well as student loans.

Tuition Rates & Fees

The Office of the Bursar provides a monthly electronic billing statement to each student. Spring tuition expenses are billed in December and fall tuition expenses are billed in July. All financial accounts including current semester tuition and fees are due before registration for that semester can be permitted. Monthly statements include new charges and credits for both the Bursar and CornellCard accounts.

Net.Pay - Enroll Today

The university sends monthly bills, including current semester tuition, electronically only. In order to review your account or let others, including your parents, view your account and receive monthly statements, you must enroll in Net.Pay. Please activate your NetID and email before enrolling in Net.Pay.

Instructions for enrolling in Net.Pay

  1. Go to Net.Pay and click on the new user "Sign Up?" button.
  2. Enter your last name, your seven-digit Cornell ID number, and your date of birth to identify yourself as a Cornell student.
  3. Select a username and password to keep your account information secure and confidential.

Download complete enrollment instructions for:

Cornell Installment Plan

The Cornell Installment Plan allows you to pay your tuition in interest-free increments over a 5, 10 or 12-month period. Using the installment plan may help you borrow less and manage your cash flow.

Payment Options

The Office of the Bursar offers several payment options.

Tuition Insurance

The Tuition Insurance Plan is an elective insurance plan offered on a semester basis only. It is designed to protect you from the loss of tuition should you find it necessary to withdraw from the university because of an illness, accident, or for other medical reasons.

Financial Aid

No matter what your family's financial situation is, Cornell University provides a wide range of financing options to make education affordable. Students who applied for financial aid for the upcoming academic year will receive communication directly from the Office of Financial Aid.

Take advantage of Salt and CashCourse—two free, interactive sites to help students learn about managing their finances.

Student Employment

Regardless of your eligibility for financial aid, there are a wide variety of job opportunities available on campus and in the local community and the Student Employment Office is there to help. Working part-time for just a few hours a week will help you:

  • Pay for miscellaneous expenses
  • Adapt to the Cornell environment
  • Develop new abilities
  • Improve time management skills
  • Explore career and academic goals
  • Enhance your marketability for summer jobs, internships, and entry-level jobs when you graduate

Students complete their own job searches using a variety of resources including our electronic job postings, and by networking with other students, staff, faculty, and coaches.

Make Sure You Bring Proper Identity and Work Eligibility Documents to Campus

If you plan to work at Cornell, come prepared to verify your identity and eligibility to work in the United States. The Department of Homeland Security requires all new employees (including students) to show their employer original documentation (copies are not allowed) that verifies identity and work eligibility, and to complete the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form. Appropriate documentation (i.e., Social Security card, birth certificates, passport, immigration papers) is needed to complete the I-9 paperwork. Unfortunately, many students fail to bring these items to campus and as a result their employment eligibility is delayed.

CornellCard Application

The CornellCard account is a service that allows you to make purchases by presenting your Cornell student ID card.  This service can help you manage your day-to-day expenses without having to carry large amounts of cash.

Direct Deposit for Student Refunds

If you are a registered full-time undergraduate, graduate, or professional student, your student refunds, assistantship and fellowship stipends through the bursar office can be deposited directly. Students can enter their banking information through the secure Cornell student refund system. Students will be notified via e-mail when a direct deposit refund or stipend has occurred.

Local Banking

There are several local banks on or near the Cornell campus to assist students with their banking needs. While a local checking or savings account is not a requirement, having one does offer the advantage of writing checks to off-campus businesses who might not accept out-of-town checks.