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Cost of Attendance

Tuition for the 2023-2024 MPA cohort is being finalized and will be announced in early 2023. It is expected to increase marginally from the 2022-2023 total program tuition, which is $40,888.

Direct Costs


Tuition and Fees (2022-2023)


Student Activity Fee


Student Health Fee 


Student Health Insurance (can be waived if student has existing coverage)


Total Direct Costs


Estimated Indirect Costs*


Room and Board (9 months)


Books and Supplies


Personal Expenses and Transportation


Total Estimated Indirect Costs *


Total Estimated Cost of Attendance (Direct Costs + Estimated Indirect Costs*)= $72,122

*Indirect costs are not billed by Cornell University and reflect estimated living and miscellaneous expenses incurred; yours may vary, depending on your lifestyle and personal needs. 

The following information is an explanation of your costs. For more information on official costs and personal expenses, please visit the Graduate School’s Cost of Attendance page and the Office of Financial Aid’s Cost of Attendance page for a full breakdown of estimated costs.

Student Health Insurance

You are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan. To appeal enrollment in the student plan, you must show that you have comparable coverage through another plan. The Office of Student Health Benefits can provide further information on benefit particulars and enrollment deadlines.

Student Health Fee

The student health fee, combined with other funding sources, enables Cornell Health to offer all students the same access to affordable on-campus care, no matter what health insurance they have. It also helps support campus-wide health initiatives that benefit the whole Cornell community.

Health fees are standard administrative fees at universities nationwide. Among Cornell’s Ivy Plus peers, those with exposed (listed separately) health fees typically range from $500 to $1,000 a year.  Please visit the Cornell Health website to view a comprehensive FAQ about the Student Health Fee. 

Room and Board

Your room and board budget is based on 9-months of estimated housing and food expenses for the academic year.  Summer costs will vary by student and are not included in this calculation.

Personal expenses

The personal allowance covers necessary student-related living expenses other than room and board and student health insurance, such as routine costs of transportation to and from campus (including parking fees) and basic telephone service.

Admitted International Students: Certifying Funds

Should you accept an offer of admission, you will receive an email inviting you to complete the Admission Supplement for International Students. This email will include an estimate of your annual expenses and provide you with the amount of funding that you will need to certify for visa purposes. Upon completion of the Admission Supplement, you will be enrolled in the Cornell Graduate School, and its admissions team will issue your I-20 or DS-2019 (if applicable). For more information about certifying funds and the 1-20 process visit the Graduate School’s admitted student information page.