Billing Overview

Students are billed their regular Cornell tuition for their semester or academic year abroad. Additional expenses are paid directly by the student prior to arrival or on-site. These expenses may include visa, round-trip airfare, housing, meals, books, and other personal expenses.

The Office of Global Learning prepares a budget based on the Total Estimated Costs of Attendance.  For more information, see the Finances page.

Financial Aid

If you are eligible for financial aid when you are on campus, you will maintain your aid eligibility when you study abroad for a semester or year, subject to the same conditions. This includes, but is not limited to, maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Aid awards are re-packaged to accommodate the Total Estimated Cost of Attendance of your semester/year abroad, using the estimated budget prepared by Global Learning.

The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) remains the same for the academic year.

If the total budgeted costs are more than the cost of a semester/year at Cornell, your aid package will likely be increased. Likewise, if your budgeted costs are less than a semester/year at Cornell, aid will be appropriately reduced to reflect your decreased need.

The work-study allocation for a semester/year abroad is converted to a loan.  Students have the option of accepting or declining the loan, but in situations where loans are declined there will not be an offer of replacement aid.

Financial Aid is disbursed 10 days before the start of Cornell’s term.

Budget Breakdown

The Office of Global Learning provides the an estimated budget so you can understand the total estimated cost of attendance of your program and how each aspect will be charged.   Whether  expenses are billed by Cornell through the bursar system or paid by you directly, all estimated expenses listed in the budget are eligible for financial aid (if relevant).

NOTE: Individual official budgets are prepared with information available at the time of preparation (see below). Sample estimated budgets are provided on the website each summer as a reference.

Official Budget

The Office of Global Learning will send you your official budget via email in May for fall/year students and in October for spring students. If you share the email address(es) of your parent or guardian in your application, we will send them a copy as well. A copy of your budget will be sent to Financial Aid automatically.  This is the budget that the Financial Aid Office will use to calculate your aid package for your semester/year abroad, if relevant.


If your program charges a deposit, this will be paid by the Office of Global Learning on your behalf. Note: deposits for housing are paid directly by the student.