Tuition & Financing

MMH estimated expenses for the 2018-19 academic year

  • Tuition $27,292 per semester (Note: MMH is a three-semester program)
  • Books and supplies (est.) $1,500 per year
  • Health and accident insurance (est.) $2,983 per year*
  • Living allowance (est.):

    Single student: $28,689 ($2,391 per month)
    Spouse/partner: $14,549 ($1,212 per month)
    Each child: $8,474 ($706 per month)

  • Required course travel (est.) $2,500
  • Graduate student activity fee $85
* Health and accident insurance rates will be confirmed in late April/early May. Health insurance is mandatory for all accompanying family members.

Financing Opportunities

We encourage you to investigate multiple funding sources, including loans and outside grants. Other possible sources of funding include your employer, chambers of commerce, Fulbright offices, government agencies, trade associations, and foundations.

Loan Programs

Cornell University has been designated a direct lender by the U.S. government, which facilitates loan application processing for students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Please see the Office of Financial Aid website for more information on federal and private loans.

Non-U.S. citizens who have a credit-worthy U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident co-signer may also be eligible for private education loans through lenders such as Sallie Mae, Wells Fargo, Discover, and Citizens Bank. Students should research private education loan lenders to determine which option is best for their individual situation. International students may also search for loans through the International Education Financial Aid organization.

Students may also be eligible for loans through other resources. Some of these will have specific requirements for the borrower, so please make sure to contact the lending agency directly. Below is a list of possible programs students have utilized in the past:

Veterans Programs

Please see the Veterans Education Benefits section on the Office of Financial Aid website. Cornell University supports the Yellow Ribbon Program.

School of Hotel Administration Scholarship Funding

The School of Hotel Administration is committed to enrolling engaged and committed students regardless of financial circumstances. 

Students are automatically considered for merit scholarships. In order to be considered for need-based aid, students must complete an MMH Need-Based Scholarship Application. Both domestic and international students applying to the MMH program are eligible to apply. It is assumed that U.S. students will take out the full amount of the Federal Direct Loan (currently $20,500) before a need-based scholarship will be awarded. Completed applications should be submitted via email to the MMH Admissions Office (mmh@cornell.edu). Students applying for aid are encouraged to apply early, as aid is limited and consideration is made in the order in which applications are received.

Hotel School aid is designated for students in the following categories. You do not need to complete additional scholarship applications to be considered for the awards listed below.

Hospitality Scholarship for Excellence and Domestic Careers

Designated for high-performing graduate students from the United States.

Women in Hospitality Scholarship

Designated for female applicants seeking to start or advance their career in the hospitality industry.

Hospitality Entrepreneurship Scholarship

Established for students intending to focus on an entrepreneurial pursuit in their graduate studies.

Hotel School Family Business Initiative

Scholarship preference is for students who have worked or intend to work for their family-owned business.

Excellence in Public Service Award

This scholarship recognizes and rewards outstanding public service. Public service activities can be articulated in your resume and in an email to mmh@sha.cornell.edu with the Need-Based Scholarship application.

Food and Beverage Management Scholarship

First preference given to students who have an interest in food and beverage management.

Sarkis-McMullen ARDA Scholarship

Established in 1992 by Fred Sarkis and Edwin H. McMullen. Preference is given to students who have an interest in the vacation ownership/timesharing field.

Hospitality Scholarship for Asian Careers

Need-based funding is available for graduate students from Japan and Korea.

Hospitality Scholarship for EU International Students

Preference is given to students from Europe.

Possible Outside Funding Sources

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