Tuition and Financial Aid
2012-13 tuition for students in the graduate field of Applied Economics and Management is $20,800.
Estimated cost of attendance (cost of books, housing and meals, personal expenses, and health insurance) for a single graduate student over 12 months is estimated to be $22,903. The additional expense for a spouse is estimated at $10,035. Tuition, travel, and income taxes should be added to estimate the cost of attendance for the academic year.
Current graduate students may be approved to register in-absentia to pursue their studies or conduct research off campus. In-absentia tuition is $200 per semester.
University housing for single graduate students is available in residence halls and apartments. For students accompanied by another adult and/or children, unfurnished or furnished apartments maintained by the university are available.
Private, off-campus housing is also available. The quality and cost vary widely. The university maintains a list of vacancies, but it is not practical to negotiate for off-campus accommodations until you arrive in Ithaca. If convenient, you may wish to visit Ithaca during the semester prior to your enrollment to arrange for off-campus housing. Otherwise, you should plan to arrive in Ithaca at least 5 days prior to registration to arrange housing.
Information on university and non-university housing is automatically mailed to all applicants when they are accepted for admission to the Graduate School.
Two types of financial support for graduate students are available through Cornell:
Prospective students, particularly foreign students, are also encouraged to apply for support from other national, international, industrial, foundation, and government sources.
The most common form of financial aid for graduate students in the graduate field of Applied Economics and Management is a departmental teaching assistantship.
Graduate assistants are part-time professional employees of the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Job assignments vary from term to term, usually alternating between teaching and research assistance. At an appropriate time, an assistant is typically assigned to a research project that is the basis for a thesis.
Assistantships provide a full tuition fellowship. They also include individual coverage in the student health insurance plan and a 9-month stipend of $22,900 to cover the living expenses of one person; the stipend is not intended to cover the expenses of a family. Annual increases can be expected.
Assistantships are awarded based on academic merit and the ability of the student to contribute to the teaching and research program in the Dyson School. To apply, check the "yes" box under the section titled, "Financial Support Application" on the graduate school application.
University Fellowships. Most fellowships are granted by the Graduate School as the result of a university-wide competition. Fellowship nominations are made by the field of AEM on behalf of applicants with especially outstanding academic records.
Fellowships typically include a full tuition fellowship, a 9-month stipend of $22,900, and in some awards, summer support.
Applicants are notified of their awards by April 1. You must notify the Graduate School by April 15 if you plan to accept the award.
Other Fellowships. Several foundations and government agencies also offer fellowships for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. See the Graduate School's online fellowship database for more information.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for several need-based loan programs. Please visit the Graduate School's web page on loans for more information.
Applicants who do not receive an assistantship or fellowship are strongly encouraged to seek awards and loans from their home country, private foundations, and international agencies.