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 & Payment
Tuition expenses are billed in early July (fall semester) and early December (spring semester). 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. Learn more about payment options.
- CASHNet – The university sends monthly e-bills, including current semester tuition, electronically via CASHNet. In order to review your account or let other users/payers, including your parents, view your account and receive monthly statements, you must invite them.
- The Cornell Installment Plan allows you to pay your tuition in regular increments. Using the installment plan may help you borrow less and manage your cash flow.
- The Tuition Refund Plan is an elective insurance plan. 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.
- Your student refunds can be deposited directly. Enter your banking information through the secure Cornell student refund system.
Financial Aid & Student Employment
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, shortly after receiving your offer of admission.
- Financial aid recipients should read the information for newly admitted students thoroughly.
- Planning to work? Bring proper identity and work eligibility documents to campus. 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. Contact the Student Employment Office if you have questions.
Other Financial Services
- Personal Finance at Cornell and CashCourse are free services to help you learn more about managing your money as a Cornell student.
- Money Matters – short videos about money-related topics including Bursar and related billing/finance questions, Financial Aid and Student Employment (how to find a job), Dining (and laundry dollars), and Housing.
- CornellCard is a service that allows you to make purchases using your Cornell ID card. This service can help you manage your day-to-day expenses without having to carry large amounts of cash.
- Local Banking – There are several banks on or near the Cornell campus to assist students with their banking needs.