About Student Contribution Funding
Student Contribution funding is provided by generous alumni donations. The funding provides support for A&S students who pursue an unpaid or minimally paid summer experience and therefore are unable to save money for their Student Contribution, as designated by Financial Aid.
This is not guaranteed funding. The committee will review applications and select students for awards. 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.
Some eligibility guidelines are different from the Summer Experience Grant. Students with an eligible experience (see below) during Summer 2020 are encouraged to apply. Funding decisions will be made based on class year and demonstration of financial need.
STUDENTS MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA TO BE ELIGIBLE:
Currently enrolled, matriculated Cornell undergraduate Arts & Sciences student in a degree-granting program in good academic standing.
- Students who are transferring to another institution or another college within Cornell for Fall 2020 are not eligible for funding, and/or may have funding rescinded.
Returning to complete at least one full-time semester of coursework towards their bachelor’s degree at Cornell following the summer experience.
- Students who are taking a leave of absence for the Fall 2020 semester will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
- Completing a career-related summer experience during Summer 2020 that is unpaid or minimally paid.
- Receiving financial aid from Cornell for the 2020-2021 academic year and have a Student Contribution amount greater than $0.
ELIGIBLE EXPERIENCES INCLUDE:
- Career-related experience supervised by a staff member at the 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 the organization.
- Remote experience supervised by a staff member at the 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. Research experiences must be supervised by a Principal Investigator or faculty member.
- Personal/independent research projects, personal projects, independent study, or personal entrepreneurial ventures.
- Summer courses at Cornell or elsewhere.
- Experiences involving international travel: due to Cornell COVID-19 travel restrictions, international experiences are not currently eligible for funding (even if they are not in a CDC-Level 2 or Level 3 country)
- Application opens - August 3
- Application deadline (tentative) - August 23 @ 11:59pm (ET)
How to Apply
Students will need to provide their 2020-2021 Financial Aid Award Summary. DO NOT submit your application for funding until you have this document.
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 2020-2021 Financial Aid Award Summary yet?
- A: You can begin your application without the Summary, but DO NOT submit without uploading the Summary. We encourage you to save your essay answers in a word document so that you don't accidentally lose your work.
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).