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Using CornellCard

Participation Fee

  • A nonrefundable Cornellcard participation fee of $13 is charged each academic year, subject to change. The participation fee is not prorated.


  • CornellCard transactions are recorded separately from bursar transactions. However, the monthly CornellCard billing statement does come on the same monthly statement along with the bursar bill, and the two sets of transactions can be paid with a single check.

Note: A credit balance on one account is not applied automatically to the other account. However, the transaction to transfer the balance may be requested through the Office of the Bursar by telephone or email.

Finance Charges

  • To avoid finance charges, payment for all charges appearing on the CornellCard bill must be received by the payment due date. Any money still owed after the due date will appear on the next month's bill, along with a finance charge. Finance charges accrue at the rate of 1.25 percent per month (15 percent annually).

REMEMBER: A student cannot register until his or her CornellCard balance is paid in full.


  • Students are liable for all amounts billed to their CornellCard accounts, including those in excess of the ceiling limit. They may also be liable for up to $50 worth of unauthorized transactions applied to their accounts. However, students are not liable for such transactions that occur after the Office of the Bursar has been notified - in person, by telephone, or in writing - that the holder no longer has possession of a university ID card with CornellCard validation. During non-business hours, students may report loss, theft, or unauthorized use of the card by emailing our office.
  • Since the CornellCard is the university ID card, loss or theft of the ID card also must be reported in person to the Office of the University Registrar, B7 Day Hall.

Penalties For Misuse

  • The Office of the Bursar reserves the right to reduce the $1500 credit ceiling on individual accounts and to deny reinstatement of charge privileges to anyone who twice exceeds the credit ceiling.
  • CornellCard privileges may be suspended if a student exceeds the $1500 ceiling on the CornellCard account. Privileges may be reinstated when the account is paid in full.
  • University registration for any subsequent semester will not be permitted, nor will transcripts be issued or degrees released, until all balances are paid in full.