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Your college education is one of the most important investments you can make in yourself. At the University of Rochester, we’re committed to helping students meet their financial needs. We do this through a variety of financial aid options.

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FAFSA Simplification

Beginning with the 2024-2025 FAFSA, a variety of changes have been implemented to the FAFSA filing process and the determination of federal aid eligibility. These changes are collectively known as “FAFSA Simplification”. We encourage all students applying for federal financial aid to review our webpage of information and resources regarding FAFSA Simplification.

Information for Winter Stay

Campus housing during winter break will be available to all students residing in campus housing for fall 2023 who also have a housing contract for the spring 2024 semester. Students stay in their existing housing assignment and will not be required to relocate to a designated Winter Stay hall. Students choosing to remain on campus for part or all of Winter Stay, December 23 through January 13, must register online by December 8; they will be charged a $300 fee to support the operation and maintenance of the residence halls. This fee will be added to student financial accounts in UR Student and will be due by January 10.

Financial support is available for students with demonstrated financial need (those currently receiving federal or institutional need-based assistance using the 2023–24 financial aid application) and will be applied on a sliding scale. Aid will be provided based on the student’s level of need, ranging from 0 to 100 percent coverage of the $300 fee. Please contact your financial aid counselor if you have questions about your level of aid. Students with financial hardship may also request support through the Basic Needs Hub.

Winter Stay does not require a meal plan. Dining Services will have limited on-campus eating venues available, operating with reduced hours. A schedule of hours and services will be available online. Fall meal plans end after service on December 23. Declining from fall meal plans will continue to be active during the Winter Stay period. Students will be responsible for food expenses and may add additional declining to their accounts. Spring meal plans begin January 13. If you are facing food insecurity you may request support through the Basic Needs Hub and utilize the Food Pantry.

Application deadline for returning students

The application deadline for returning students for the 2024–2025 academic year is March 15, 2024. Instructions will be emailed to students beginning in the late fall semester, and reminders will continue to be sent bi-weekly to those students with incomplete applications.

Returning undergraduates who have not submitted their application with all supporting documentation by this deadline are not guaranteed full consideration for need-based University grant assistance and may have their institutional aid reduced due to limited funding.

Read more about our late policy in the FA Handbook. Please contact your financial aid counselor if you have concerns about submitting your application materials in a timely manner.

Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC)

Select undergraduate students are required to submit additional paperwork the College Board’s IDOC service. If you’re required to submit your application via IDOC, you should send all required paper documents directly to the College Board and not the Financial Aid Office. Instructions can be found by logging in to your FAOnline account and reviewing the Required Document screen. If you have questions, please contact your financial aid counselor.

Financial aid trends

What to expect year-to-year

Students may see their need-based aid change between years for a variety of reasons. Those reasons aren’t always clear to students, so we’ve put together a video that explains the broader trends behind financial aid and what to expect year to year as well as some common reasons you may see a change. For students and parents interested in learning more about our aid policies, we encourage you to read over our financial aid handbook.

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