As you may have heard, CIPA is currently undergoing some significant organizational changes. In addition to now being housed with Cornell’s College of Human Ecology, we are also excited to announce that we have reduced our annual tuition by more than $16,000 from $47,050 to $32,000. We believe this reduction is appropriate for an MPA program as it reduces the financial burden on students and makes it more feasible for them to enter careers in public service – which, after all, is the whole point!
Here’s a breakdown of CIPA attendance costs for the 2015-16 school year:
Estimated Budget: Tuition and Living Allowance for Academic Year 2015-16
Student Health Insurance
Students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan. To appeal, students must demonstrate comparable coverage through another plan. For more information, please visit the Office of Student Health Insurance.
Room and Board
The room and board allowance should permit comfortable housing and cover the cost of meals. Your living costs will depend on your lifestyle and living arrangements. The budget above is based on $1,000 monthly rental for the 9 month academic year and $500 per month for food.
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.
Covering the Costs of Your MPA
Merit Based Fellowships
CIPA provides partial tuition fellowship funding to approximately 50% of our graduate fellows. However, we are unable to provide anyone with full support. Most of our fellows use a variety of sources to cover their expenses including CIPA Fellowships, outside fellowships, educational loans, and part time employment. If you receive a fellowship, you will be notified of the award in your admission letter.
Teaching and Research Assistantships
We do not have teaching assistantships or research assistantships that reduce or replace tuition. We do have students who work as teaching or research assistants with our faculty and they are paid on an hourly basis. Most students who have an hourly position with a faculty member are in their second year.
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.
The Graduate School currently participates in two federally funded 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 have matriculated in the degree program. You can find the applications and additional information the Graduate School website.
- William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan: The Cornell Graduate School participates in the Federal Direct Lending Program and the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program. Loans are only offered if a student completes the requisite Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), signs and completes the William D. Ford Direct Loan Application, and qualifies.
- The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan: The Federal Direct PLUS program includes graduate and professional students, and is now referred to as Grad PLUS. This federal loan program may be an alternative to the private education loan program. **Please note: Borrowers should fully use the Federal Direct Loan before they can borrow under the Graduate PLUS Loan program.