Students walk through the Balch Hall archway in fall.

Why give to Cornell

Cornell needs your support to ensure current and recently admitted students can complete their education. Your gift plays an essential role in making this happen.

Giving support in 2020

We are projecting that each 1 percent increase in unemployment adds an additional 275 students to the financial aid rolls. This will result in roughly $7.7 million in financial aid need. A conservative 12 percent growth in unemployment translates to 3,300 additional students in need of financial aid next year. When combined with the need among students already receiving financial aid, the cost will increase by $92 million. In the next two years, the increase is estimated to be $38 million and $22 million respectively, for a total financial aid budget growth of $152 million.

How you can help

The most immediate way for you to help is to make a gift to any of the Cornell Annual Funds. Annual fund gifts are flexible, and allow Cornell to grant relief where it is most needed. Annual fund gifts touch every part of the student experience. They provide funding for needs like tuition support, unexpected travel expenses, and school supplies—including technology for remote learning.

You can also help students by directing your giving to any area of the university that is important to you. Every gift to the university allows Cornell to continue to teach, conduct world-class research, and make the world a better place. Giving back to an area you love means you make a difference for a student just like you.

Supporting students in 2021

Every day we hear from students concerned about their financial situation. It is critical that we support them as they complete their degrees. Your gift of any size, to an annual fund or to another area you are passionate about, makes a profound difference for these students. Together, we can ensure that each Cornellian has the resources they need and the Cornell experience they deserve.

Support diversity, equity, and inclusion

As Cornellians, we all have a responsibility to create a better world. Your gift can help create a community where everyone has the same opportunities to grow, learn, and thrive.

Give to support inclusion on campus