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Billing Overview 

Students are billed their regular Cornell college tuition.

Most programs also charge program fees that cover housing and activities such as orientation and excursions, and depending on the program, may include some meals.

Additional expenses are paid directly by the student prior to arrival or on-site. These may include visa, round-trip airfare, meals, books, and other personal expenses.

Budget Breakdown

The Office of Global Learning provides the below estimated budget so you can understand the costs of your program and how they will be paid. The estimated budget indicates which study abroad costs are billable through Cornell, through the host institution, or out of pocket.

Charges that will appear on your bursar bill:

  • Your regular Cornell tuition: In-State, Out-of-State, or Endowed
  • Program Fees: these typically cover housing, orientation, some meals (dependent upon site), excursions, and program activities

Estimated additional costs paid directly by the student, such as: 

  • Round-trip airfare, visa
  • Meals
  • Books, local transportation, and other personal expenses 

Estimated Budget*



Endowed or Contract College
Contract College
Costs Billable by University Bursar    Out-of-State    In-State
Cornell University Tuition   $30,143   $20,191
Program Fee (see above)   $2,600   $2,600
Sub-Total to be Billed via CU Bursar   $32,743   $22,791 
Estimated Additional Costs        
  (payable on-site or prior to departure)        
Meals (in-program)   included   included
Books and supplies   included   included
Immunizations   $1,250   $1,250
Estimated Int'l Airfare (East Coast departure)   $1,500   $1,500
Personal Expenses   $400   $400
Visa   $160    $160 
  Sub-Total Costs Paid Directly by Student   $3,310  
Total Cost of Attendance (estimated)   $36,053   $26,101

*Costs above are currently based on 2021-22 tuition rates and program information will be updated in the spring semester.

Official Budget 

The Office of Global Learning will send you your official budget via email in May for fall/year students and in November 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. This is the budget that the Financial Aid Office will use to calculate your aid package for your semester/year abroad, if relevant. See below for information on financial aid and visit the Finances page for more information.

Financial Aid 

If you are eligible for financial aid when you are on campus, subject to the same conditions, you will maintain your aid eligibility when you study abroad for a semester or year. This includes, but is not limited to, maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) will remain the same for the academic year.

Aid awards are re-packaged to accommodate the total expected cost of your semester/year abroad, using the estimated budget prepared by Global Learning. If your 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.