Cornell University

Tuition and Financial Aid


 Tuition and Fees (2014-2015)
$30,780
 Student Health Insurance (can be waived if student has existing coverage) $2,600
 Room and Board (9 months) $13,500
 Books and Supplies $1,330
 Personal Expenses $5,000
 Total Cost of Attendance $53,210 

Student Health Insurance

Students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan. To appeal, students must demonstrate comparable coverage through another plan. For more information, please visit the Office of Student Health Insurance.

Room and Board
The room and board allowance should permit comfortable housing and cover the cost of meals. Your living costs will depend on your lifestyle and living arrangements. The budget above is based on $1,000 monthly rental for the 9 month academic year and $500 per month for food.

Personal Expenses
The personal allowance covers necessary student-related living expenses other than room and board and student health insurance, such as routine costs of transportation to and from campus, (including parking fees) and basic telephone service.

Covering the Costs of Your MPA

Merit Based Fellowships
CIPA provides partial tuition fellowship funding to approximately 50% of our graduate fellows. However, we are unable to provide anyone with full support. Most of our fellows use a variety of sources to cover their expenses including CIPA Fellowships, outside fellowships, educational loans, and part time employment. If you receive a fellowship, you will be notified of the award in your admission letter.

Teaching and Research Assistantships
We do not have teaching assistantships or research assistantships that reduce or replace tuition. We do have students who work as teaching or research assistants with our faculty and they are paid on an hourly basis. Most students who have an hourly position with a faculty member are in their second year.

Part-time Employment

There are many part-time campus positions that are listed on Cornell’s Student Employment website.  Positions can be found in campus libraries, administrative offices, dining, and residential housing.  

Federal Loans

For information on federal loans, please visit the Cornell University Graduate School website.