Student Contribution Funding

About Student Contribution Funding

Student Contribution funding is provided by generous alumni donations. The funding provides partial support for A&S undergraduate students who participated in an unpaid or minimally paid summer experience and therefore were unable to save money for their Student Contribution, as designated by Financial Aid. This funding is NOT meant to cover the entirety of your Student Contribution, rather it is meant to help alleviate the financial burden of an unpaid/minimally paid summer experience and/or extenuating circumstances.

Students selected for funding awards will receive it as a credit on their Bursar bill. The total award will be split, half in the Fall semester and half in the Spring semester. If a student has only one semester remaining, the total award will be applied as a credit to the Fall semester Bursar bill.

Students with an eligible experience (see below) during Summer 2021 are encouraged to apply. Funding decisions will be made based on class year and demonstration of financial need.  Submission of an application does not guarantee funding.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Eligibility

STUDENTS MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA TO BE ELIGIBLE:

  • Currently enrolled, matriculated, full-time undergraduate Arts & Sciences student in a degree-granting program and in good academic standing.
    • External or internal transfer students to the College of Arts & Sciences for Fall 2021 are eligible.

    • Students who are transferring to another college or school at Cornell for Fall 2021 are not eligible for funding.

    • First semester first year students are not eligible.

  • Returning to complete at least one full-time semester of coursework towards their Bachelor of Arts degree at Cornell following the summer experience.

    • Students who are taking a leave of absence for the Fall 2021 semester are not eligible.

  • Completing a career-related eligible summer experience that is unpaid or minimally paid*

  • Receiving financial aid from Cornell for the 2021-2022 academic year and have a Student Contribution amount greater than $0.  We cannot fund the "Parent Contribution" in lieu of the "Student Contribution".

*ELIGIBLE EXPERIENCES INCLUDE:

  • Career-related experience supervised by a staff member at an organization – it does not have to be a formal internship.

  • Research assistant experience supervised by a principal investigator, faculty member, or at a research organization.

  • Volunteer experience supervised by a staff member at an organization.

  • Remote experience supervised by a staff member at an organization.

NON-ELIGIBLE EXPERIENCES INCLUDE (but not limited to):

  • Fee based programs - any program that charges tuition or a fee. Exceptions may be made for programs in the performing arts, on a case-by-case basis.  (Students outside of performing arts: if you believe that your experience should qualify, contact us to discuss).

  • Cornell in Washington, Practicing Medicine, Cornell Pre-Law Summer Program, Global Health minor programs, or any other college-based program charging tuition/program fees (at Cornell or any other university).

  • Research that is supervised by a graduate student or undergraduate student. Research experiences must be supervised by a principal investigator or faculty member.

  • Personal research projects, personal projects, or personal entrepreneurial ventures.

  • Student or student-run entrepreneurial ventures, or student organization related projects.

  • Summer courses at Cornell or elsewhere.

How to Apply

Students can apply through the Experience Cornell site at the website here.

Along with the application, students will need to send us a copy of their 2021-2022 financial aid summary.  This can be found by logging into the Student Center, downloading the document, and saving it as a pdf. Students will need to send their downloaded financial aid summary via Cornell Secure File Transfer to djm15@cornell.edu.  Applications will not be reviewed until we receive the financial aid summary.

Important Dates

Application Open: TBD

Application Deadline: TBD

Application review period: TBD

Application decision communication targeted date:  TBD

FAQs

Q: MY STUDENT CONTRIBUTION (SC) IS $0, CAN THIS FUNDING HELP PAY FOR MY PARENT CONTRIBUTION (PC)?

A: Unfortunately, we are unable to fund students whose SC is $0, and therefore cannot provide funding for the PC.

Q: CAN THIS FUNDING COVER THE ENTIRE AMOUNT OF MY STUDENT CONTRIBUTION (SC)?

A: Funding amounts will be determined with a high emphasis based on financial need. Most awards will be a portion of the SC rather than covering the entire SC.

Q: CAN I STILL APPLY IF I DON'T HAVE MY 2021-2022 FINANCIAL AID AWARD SUMMARY YET?

A: You can submit your application without the Summary. In order to review your application we will need you to send your financial aid summary for 2021-2022 (this can be found by logging into the Student Center). You will need to send your downloaded financial aid summary via Cornell Secure File Transfer to djm15@cornell.edu.  

Q: HOW IS FUNDING DISBURSED TO ME?

A: Funding will be processed through the Office of Financial Aid. The total award amount will be awarded in 2 parts, half in the Fall and half in the Spring (except for December grads, who will get it in one disbursal). Funding will be posted as a credit to the Bursar bill. For some students, this may result in a direct refund, while for others it will help to cover billed expenses (dependent on current Bursar bill charges).

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