CIPA offers rolling admissions. We will consider all applications received through the middle of May. If you would like to be considered for funding, please submit your application as soon as possible. 

A variety of funding opportunities are available to pay for your CIPA education, including merit-based fellowships, part-time campus employment, federal loans, CIPA-supported fellowships and external funding.

Because Cornell is the only Ivy League school with land-grant status, CIPA’s MPA program is more affordable than some other schools offering the same degree, including Columbia, New York University and Georgetown. Combined tuition, fees and overall living expenses range from $20,000 to $40,000 less than our competitors.

Merit-based Fellowships
About 50 percent of our students receive merit-based fellowships from a number of sources. These fellowships, based on previous academic performance, partially cover tuition. If you are admitted to CIPA, you will receive notification of your award in your admission letter.

Part-time Employment
Cornell’s Student Employment website is the source for information and policies about student jobs on campus. The site maintains a jobs database open to Cornell graduate students.

Federal Loans
For information on federal loans, please visit the Financial Aid & Loans Page on the Cornell University Graduate School website.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
If you work for a nonprofit organization, you may be eligible for the federal loan forgiveness program. The program forgives loans on the balance of your student loan after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments while working full-time for a qualifying employer. Qualified employers include government organizations, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and other nonprofits that provide qualifying service.

Fellowships Supported by CIPA

  • Coverdell Fellowship
    • You must be a returned Peace Corps volunteer.
    • Program fellows complete internships in underserved communities.
    • Tuition awards of at least $8,000 a year are extended to fellows. Additional tuition aid, including grants to cover summer internship expenses, may be available for exceptionally qualified fellows.
    • Contact Executive Director Thomas O’Toole for more information about the program, or contact the Peace Corps.
  • Teach for America
    • TFA offers teaching fellowships in low-income communities.
    • Application fee waivers are available.
    • Fellowships up to 50 percent tuition are available.
  • Public Policy & International Affairs Program
    • PPIAP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in public service.
    • Accepted applicants are strongly considered for aid.
    • Application fee waivers are available
  • AmeriCorps
    • This federal program puts volunteers to work in nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based organizations.
    • Application fee waivers are available.

External Funding Opportunities

Thomas Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program

This U.S. Department of State program is for U.S. citizens.
Up to $37,500 a year is available to cover tuition and other expenses.
Obligations include two foreign service summer internships (one domestic, one foreign) and five years of service as a Foreign Service Officer upon graduation.

Stanley M. Schoenfeld Memorial Scholarship

Students who concentrate in finance are eligible.
The program is sponsored by the New York State Government Finance Officers’ Association.

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

This program is funded jointly by the U.S. and partner governments.
It supports non-U.S. citizens who wish to study in the U.S.

Global Sustainable Energy Partnership

You must be a citizen of a developing country and be pursuing studies in sustainable energy development.

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

"New Americans" (see site for eligibility) under 31 years old are eligible.

The Rowe Fund – For Citizens of Latin America & Caribbean

Sponsored by the Organization of the American States (OAS), this fund offers interest-free loans of up to US $15,000 to finance studies at accredited universities in the U.S.