Cornell’s online classes are regular, credit-bearing Cornell courses. The grades and credits earned through these courses are recorded on an official Cornell transcript. As such, these classes — and all credit-bearing offerings — are subject to the Cornell tuition rate set by the university's Board of Trustees.

Tuition is $1,750 per credit for fall 2023 through summer 2024.

Example: A three-credit course at $1,750 per credit = $5,250

Additional costs and fees

Some online courses may also charge nonrefundable course fees to cover mandatory items such as reading materials or course supplies. (Note: Cornell tuition does not include textbooks for the class.) See individual course descriptions for possible fees.

Payment deadlines for online courses

Summer Session deadlines

To hold your place in your course, you must submit your full payment within two days of the date of your acceptance letter.

However, if you apply within a week of your application deadline, payment is due on the day of your acceptance letter.

International summer students: As soon as you have made your payment and received an official Flywire confirmation number, please forward that confirmation number to us at

Winter, Fall, and Spring Study deadlines

If you’ve completed all registration steps and there is space in your course, you’ll be officially enrolled and the SCE Registrar will send you an email with instructions for finalizing your enrollment. Those instructions will include your payment due date.

All tuition and fees must be paid within four business days of your official course enrollment or you'll be dropped from the course.

Official enrollment

You are not officially enrolled until you have submitted full payment and completed all of your forms:

Program spaces are limited and other precollege and undergraduate students may be requesting seats in your course(s). You may lose your place if your class reaches its maximum enrollment before you submit your payment and complete your required forms. It is to your advantage to pay and submit your paperwork as soon as possible.