Finances

Babies bring additional costs for food, diapers, medical and childcare expenses. This impact is felt before the birth of the baby as there are additional nutritional requirements for pregnant mothers.  Funding during your academic program will likely become more important. If you are a self-funded student, you will need to make sure that you have financial resources for your studies and the new baby. If you are a funded student, you should revisit your appointment letter to understand the financial commitment that was made to you when you started your academic program.  Some other resources include:

  • Cornell’s Student Child Care Grant Program helps subsidize qualified students for childcare expenses.
  • The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment works with students with children, whether you are a new or returning student. They can provide assistance (usually in the form of loans) for child care expenses, and are available to assist you as you finance your education. They invite you to call or email for further discussion.  You can reach them at (607) 255-5145 or finaid@cornell.edu.
  • The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, and referrals to community services for low-income pregnant and post-partum women and their children under five years of age. Breastfeeding support is available.

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