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Overview

Cornish is working extremely hard to ensure that students will receive college credit towards the completion of a bachelor’s degree. Due to social distancing and public health restrictions from the State of Washington, this involves additional expenses for faculty and staff to create a safe and flexible classroom experience for all students. These measures will be taken without additional increases to tuition for our students. Though the tuition price will not change, every student will have different circumstances in their personal finances. Cornish is committed to partnering with every student to help defray the cost of attendance during this challenging time. Please see the detailed FAQ below for key information.

Don’t see the answer to your question? Contact the Financial Aid Office or Student Accounts for more information. For information about additional assistance and Emergency Funds, please see the Student Support FAQ.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

How does COVID-19 impact my financial aid?

Your financial aid will not be impacted as a result of moving to some online or hybrid instruction. If your family’s circumstances have changed due to COVID-19, please contact the Financial Aid office to make an appointment with a Financial Aid counselor who can help explain your options.

I’ve never filed a FAFSA - should I file one now?

A FAFSA is required if you want to see your eligibility for federal and state financial aid. See our Financial Aid page for more information on submitting your FAFSA.

What if I have unexpected financial expenses?

If you still have room in your Cost of Attendance budget, you can use additional financial aid to help with unplanned expenses. For emergency situations, students can submit a request to the Student Emergency Fund.

What if I am not able to get a work-study job?

If federal or state work-study is part of your financial aid package and you are unable to find a work-study position, contact our Financial Aid office. You can also apply to the Student Emergency Fund if you need additional assistance due to lost income.

Is Cornish adjusting tuition in the Fall semester due to COVID-19?

Cornish is working extremely hard to ensure that students will receive college credit towards the completion of a bachelor’s degree. Due to social distancing and public health restrictions from the State of Washington, this involves additional expenses for faculty and staff to create a safe and flexible classroom experience for all students. These measures will be taken without additional increases to tuition for our students.

Though the tuition price will not change, every student will have different circumstances in their personal finances. Cornish is committed to partnering with every student to help defray the cost of attendance during this challenging time. This includes increasing our laptop loan program; improving wi-fi on our campus; lobbying public officials for student financial assistance; advocating for local businesses that employ our students; and raising funds to support healthy access to classroom spaces and equipment.

In the event of another COVID spike, will tuition be lowered if we have to do the whole semester online?

If the State of Washington forces all institutions to move to 100% online instruction, then we anticipate there will also be additional relief funding for Cornish students, just as there was last Spring. Any adjustments would depend upon the length of time that we were required to be online, but keep in mind that the majority of tuition goes to pay faculty, who are still required to teach in a quarantine situation so that you can earn your college credits. Cornish is a private institution and tuition is not subsidized by taxpayers. While we are preparing for this possibility, we have every reason to believe that we will be able to launch in-person instruction this Fall.

Will fall semester room and board monies be adjusted to reflect the change in schedule/online learning in December?

The Cornish Commons is home to many students who do not, or are unable to, travel away for the holidays. Therefore, the residence hall will be open after Thanksgiving. If you are using the Cornish Commons for the entire academic year and leaving your belongings in your room over the winter break, your full-year room charges still apply. If you are graduating in the Fall, and you will not need housing for the two weeks after Thanksgiving, please contact Housing and Residence Life to discuss your move-out date and prorated housing refund.

Will my VA benefits continue?

Benefits will continue for the 2020-21 academic year. If there is a change in VA benefits at the federal level, Cornish will notify affected families immediately. Contact Megan Mittelstaedt in Registration for all questions related to VA benefits.

What is the Cornish refund policy?

  • Students who withdraw during the first week of classes will receive a 100% refund of tuition, minus the non-refundable tuition deposit.
  • Withdrawing in Weeks 2 or 3, tuition will be refunded at 75%.
  • Withdrawing in Weeks 4, 5 or 6, tuition will be refunded at 50%.
  • Withdrawing in Weeks 7 or 8, tuition will be refunded at 25%.

See our Student Accounts page for full details.

I already have insurance. Why is there a health services fee of $99 per semester?

The health services fee ensures that all students have 24/7 access to speak with a provider, which is similar to our competitor institutions charging for a physical health center on campus. By utilizing telecounseling and leveraging partnerships in the Seattle downtown area, Cornish is committed to keeping costs much lower than building and staffing a health center on our campus.

What if I am unable to pay for the health services fee?

Contact the Financial Aid office.

Will I have any health care charges from Cornish other than the health services fee?

There is no per-visit charge for NellieCare, and no limit to the number of visits you have. The online medical provider may recommend that you visit your doctor or an urgent care clinic. If that is the case, they will help you to identify nearby health care options that work with your insurance. Prescription drugs are not included as part of NellieCare, but they can provide a prescription discount code to help with these costs.

As always, if unexpected medical expenses are harming your ability to continue with your degree, you can contact Financial Aid or apply for Student Emergency Funds.

How does COVID-19 impact student payment plans?

Contact Sean Drew in Student Accounts if you need to make changes to your no-interest payment plan.

I have an unpaid bill due to COVID-19, what do I do?

Contact Sean Drew in Student Accounts for assistance.

Did Cornish provide the federal CARES relief funds to students?

Cornish received funding via the CARES ACT intended to provide immediate financial relief to our students. Per the CARES Act, eligible students were defined as those who are eligible for Title IV financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education under the Higher Education Act of 1965. Cornish divided the total amount equally among all eligible students. Cornish has received $316,407 for this purpose, and these funds have been delivered to 518 eligible students via direct deposit or mailed check.

Students whose eligibility could not be determined were sent an email communication to certify if they are eligible to receive the funds. Students who are not eligible for Title IV financial aid have been sent information about the Student Emergency Fund, which was established to meet additional financial needs for those who have been impacted by the pandemic.

Students who feel they are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants but have not yet received one should contact the Financial Aid office.

What if I am on SAP or academic probation?

Please contact your Financial Aid counselor for assistance.