In compliance with federal regulations, disbursement of financial aid is
withheld until all required documents except Verifications of
Enrollment of Siblings/Spouse (due by October 10) are received.
Failure to provide all required documents by the stated deadlines will result in cancellation of any College grants or scholarships awarded.
Once we have received all of your required documentation (see Accepting Your Award), your financial aid will be credited to your bursar account once at the beginning of each semester.
If the credits from your financial aid are less than the charges on your bill, you will need to pay the remaining charges through the Bursar's Office.
If the credits from the financial aid are more than the charges on your bill, you will receive a refund to use toward your living expenses.
The Bursar's Office uses direct deposit as the primary method for disbursing student refunds. You will need to sign up for direct deposit at the Bursar Services website before the fall semester begins.
The fall refund is usually deposited in the third week of August, and the spring refund in the third week of January.
All students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan, and the annual fee is charged once a year at the beginning of the fall semester. If students are covered by other health insurance plans, the enrollment in the Cornell Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) can be appealed. For more information on the insurance plan, its costs, and the appeal process, please visit the Office of Student Health Insurance's website.
If you purchase a Parking Permit, the full amount will be charged to your Bursar account on the September bill. **This is after your financial aid has been disbursed, so you will need to budget this into your fall living expenses.**