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Access Fund

The Access Fund application will open on April 2nd and close on May 8th. 

The goal of this fund is to provide enrolled full-time undergraduate, graduate, and professional Cornell students with access to financial support, up to $500, to help mitigate on-campus barriers, access basic necessities, and cover emergency expenses not covered through financial aid or other university resources.  Due to high demand, funding may be limited for transformative experiences (i.e.graduate school test or application fee, registration fee or travel to attend a conference, service project, or employment/internship interviews, etc.). Funding priority will be given based on the urgency of the situation, level of hardship, and the student’s overall financial situation. Depending on the situation, students may be referred to additional resources including financial aid to explore loan options.Please review the information below prior to submitting an application for the Access Fund.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of expenses may be covered?
This is not an exhaustive list, but expenses may include emergency medical or dental expenses not covered by insurance, professional interview attire, personal hygiene products, and transportation costs to attend a funeral of an immediate family member. Limited support may be available for COVID-19 travel-related expenses and transformative experiences. 
 
What type of expenses may not be covered?
This is not an exhaustive list, but expenses not covered include tuition, university fees, meal plan, parking tickets, late fees, Cornell ID replacement, credit card debt, hotel costs, storage, fees associated with graduate school, textbooks, or other academic expenses calculated into the cost of attendance as part of the student’s financial aid package.

What is the process and how will students be notified?
To apply for grants through the Access Fund, students must submit an application using the link below.  Applications should be submitted at least four weeks or 30 business days before the funds are needed. The application will be reviewed and if approved, the student will be notified by e-mail within two weeks (fourteen business days) upon receipt of the application. If the application is not approved, the student will be notified by e-mail within two weeks (fourteen business days) upon receipt of the application. Depending on the situation, the student may be referred to additional resources including financial aid to explore loan options.

Contact Information

The Access Fund is administered by the Office of the Dean of Students through the First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support. If you have any questions or would like to refer a student, please contact Shakima M. Clency, Peggy J. Koenig ’78 Associate Dean of Students for Student Empowerment and Director of First-Generation & Low-Income Student Support at (607) 254-1288 or accessfund@cornell.edu

Please complete the Access Fund application.