Financing an Education
The Financial Aid Office is here to help students and their families afford the investment of a Rochester education through a combination of different aid programs.
Applying for Financial Aid
Incoming students must complete the online College Board's CSS Profile. The CSS Profile is used to determine eligibility for need-based University of Rochester grant funding. The University of Rochester school code is 2928, and our priority deadline is February 15 for regular decision applicants (December 1 for early decision applicants). Students may also be required to submit copies of federal tax returns as well as W2 documents to the College Board's IDOC service for review.
In addition, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online by February 15. The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for all federal aid programs. The FAFSA is officially available after October 1. The University of Rochester school code is 002894.
All applicants who are not US citizens or permanent residents should file the International Student Financial Aid Application, available through the Office of Admissions.
Renewing Financial Aid
Students receiving need-based financial aid must file the FAFSA and CSS Profile as well as submit relevant tax information to IDOC each year. Students are notified by the end of the fall semester each year so that they may complete the application process by March 15. Returning students who do not submit their financial aid application with all supporting documentation by March 15 should be aware that they are not guaranteed full consideration for need-based assistance and will have their aid reduced due to limited funding.
Estimated Family Contribution
The family contribution is based on an analysis of the financial aid application materials provided by each student that takes into consideration income, assets, family size, number of siblings in college, and other variables. As these variables often change from year to year, students must submit application materials each year to assess the family contribution for the upcoming academic year.
General Awarding Guidelines
Students receiving merit- and/or need-based University scholarships/grants should be aware that certain restrictions apply:
- Entering freshmen are limited to eight semesters of scholarship/grant assistance; transfer students are eligible for assistance until the original graduation date determined at the time of admission
- University scholarships/grants require full-time enrollment (at least 12 credits/semester)
- Students must meet satisfactory academic progress requirements
- University scholarships/grants are not available for summer coursework