Funding Your Degree
The MPH Program is a Tier 2 Professional Degree program at Cornell. The tuition cost of the program for the 2018-2019 academic year is $35,736. Other fees and expenses that graduate students might expect are listed on the Graduate School website.
The MPH Program will award diversity scholarships to MPH students (number TBD each year). This need-based scholarships helps offset student costs related to the MPH degree. Admitted students will be invited to apply so long as they are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are able to describe how they have been impacted by the following criteria: having to overcome disadvantage; being a first-generation college student; being a graduate student who is a single parent; and/or being a member of an underrepresented minority group (African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander, Mexican American, or Puerto Rican; permanent residents whose ethnicity corresponds to these groups (e.g., Other Hispanic, African, or Afro-Caribbean) also meet this criterion).
Global Game-changer Scholarships
The MPH Program will award global game-changer scholarships to MPH students (number TBD each year). This merit-based scholarship helps offset student costs related to the MPH degree. Admitted students will be invited to apply so long as they are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are able to describe how this program will improve their ability to change the world. Applicants must show that they have: lived and worked (paid or volunteer) in an under-served area (U.S. or international); developed an understanding of inequity and privilege through experience; and developed an appetite for inquiry and a desire to better understand social determinants of health, and policy and access structures, that limit or facilitate public health.
Loans for Cornell Graduate Students
The Graduate School currently participates in two federally funded graduate student loan programs: the William D. Ford Direct Loan and the Federal Graduate PLUS loan. These programs are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are matriculated in the degree program. For specific eligibility requirements and application instructions, please visit the Graduate School website.You may complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at any time, even before admission to the program. We suggest that you complete this form ASAP.
There are many sources of funding to help offset the cost of education. Consider looking through these resources on financing your public health degree to see if one is a good fit for you.
Funding for Student Projects
Cornell Project & Travel Funding
- The Cornell MPH program has a small pot of funding to help offset the costs of relocation and/or commuting for Applied Practice Experiences. Funds are allocated based on overall costs, student fiscal need, and merit (current GPA). Applications are due by March 15th to the MPH program office and decisions about funding are made by March 30th. The student submits a complete and compelling document with accurate and reasonable costs. See the APE Fund Request Form 2019-2020.
- Global Cornell Funding Opportunities, including the Off-Campus Opportunity Fund:The Off-Campus Opportunities Fund (OCOF) is a common application for students seeking financial support for off-campus experiences (domestic and international). OCOF is predominantly for short-term programs when financial aid is less available. The fund consolidates the application and awarding process of three previously distinct grants offered through the following central units:
- Engaged Cornell: Community-Engaged Student Travel Grant Program
- Global Learning: Student Travel Grants
- Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI) Student Funding
Students are asked to submit an online application, in which they identify the grants they are eligible to apply for (according to eligibility criteria displayed in Requirements). The initiative increases access to information and simplifies the application process for students, while allocating funding in a more efficient, inclusive and equitable way.
- Engaged Cornell Community-Engaged Student Travel Grants:
Winter Break: Oct. 11, 2019; Spring Break: Jan. 31, 2020; Summer Break: March 16, 2020
$1,500 maximum for winter/summer projects.
For undergraduates, graduate and professional students participating in community-based research activities or community-engagement projects domestically or abroad.
- Cornell’s Einaudi Center for International Studies: International Research Travel Grants:
Application opens November 13, 2019 and closes February 12, 2020 for travel April 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021; covers up to $2,000 for travel between the U.S. and the host country, for airfare expenses only.
- The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies also lists many other Cornell international travel funding deadlines on their website.
- The Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI) Student Funding: OADI invites students to apply for a limited number of travel grants aimed at supporting opportunities that support academic and professional/career goals.
- The Cornell MPH program has some funding available to help offset costs of relocation and/or commuting for Applied Practice Experiences. Funds are allocated based on overall costs, student fiscal need, and merit (current GPA). Applied Practice Funding Request Forms are due by March 15th to the MPH program office.
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.
- Outside sources of funding from the Mailman School of Public Health
- USAID Student Internships
- Scholarships and Funding Opportunities in Global Health from AAFP
- The American Association of University Women (multiple grants and fellowships)
- The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships
- Graduate & Postdoctoral Educational Support (GRAPES) Database