Funding Your Degree

The MPH Program is a Tier 2 Professional Degree program at Cornell. The tuition cost of the program for the 2020-2021 academic year is $38,354. Other fees and expenses that graduate students might expect are listed on the Graduate School website.

MPH Scholarships

The Cornell MPH Program aims to attract a student body that is representative of global society and inclusive of race, ethnicity, class, and geography. To ease the impact of financial and socioeconomic barriers, and to recognize exemplary scholarly achievements and commitment to serving vulnerable populations, the MPH Program awards scholarships based on achievement, promise, and/or need. MPH Program staff will make applications available to admitted students. The brief application requires a one-page essay (maximum) on at least one of the following:

 Detailing their financial situation to include the following: how you are currently paying for college; difficulties that you have in meeting your financial needs; impact a scholarship would have on your education; and/or any special circumstances.

 Explaining 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 the intersection of sustainability and equity, particularly the social determinants of health.

 Showing how they have been impacted by the following criteria: having to overcome disadvantage and/or being a member of any other priority population, including: 

    • Under-served or underrepresented racial and ethnic populations
    • Those from lower-income households
    • First-generation college students
    • Military veterans
    • Single parents
    • Persons who self-identify as having disabilities
    • Persons who self-identify as LGBTQ
    • International students, representative of under-served global communities including refugee populations
    • Rural upstate New York residents, representative of under-served local communities

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.

External Scholarships

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 15 (first round) and April 15 (second round) to the MPH program office and decisions about funding are made by March 30 and April 30. 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:

    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.

Part-Time Employment

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.

External Funding

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