Tuition & Financing
- Tuition $28,275 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: ($2,268 per month)
16 month program
- Required course travel (est.) $2,500
- Graduate student activity fee $126 ($42 per semester)
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.
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:
- Credila: available to students from India only
- CanLearn: available to students from Canada only
- Industrial and Commercial Bank of China: available to students from China only
- Bank of China: available to students from China only
- FIDERH: available to students from Mexico only
- MPOWER Financing (does not require a U.S. co-signer)
Please see the Veterans Education Benefits section on the Office of Financial Aid website. Cornell University supports the Yellow Ribbon Program.
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 (email@example.com). 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.
MMH Need-Based Scholarship Application
- Please note the Student Aid Report (SAR) is required for domestic students.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- Cornell Graduate School website - Neutral Lending List
- New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
- Organization of American States Interest-Free Student Loans (OAS): The Rowe Fund is an educational loan program of the Organization of American States (OAS) that helps citizens from Latin America and Caribbean OAS member states finance their studies or research in accredited universities across the United States.
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