Non-matriculated students at the University of Rochester are not eligible to receive either University, federal, or state funding as they are not accepted into a degree seeking program. The only available type of aid available to these students are alternative educational loans.
Alternative educational loans
These educational loans are offered by banks and educational lenders. Alternative loans may also be referred to as private educational or supplemental loans, as they are not affiliated with federal or state loan programs.
International students will most likely need to secure a private/alternative loan with a U.S. cosigner. If you do not have a U.S. cosigner, please try to obtain a loan through a bank in your native country, especially if they offer students loans in the United States.
Please note: We do recommend that non-matriculated students speak to a financial aid counselor first before pursuing alternative loans.
Review additional information on the alternative educational loan option on the loans page.
Aid for Non-Matriculated Pre-Requisites
Non-matriculated students who are taking pre-requisite courses for entry into a degree-seeking program may be eligible for federal student loan support. To be eligible, students must meet all of the following criteria:
- Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident eligible for federal financial aid.
- Must have applied to the degree-seeking program for which the pre-requisites are required. This includes submission of a full application for admission to the program, including all transcripts and other academic records.
- Must receive academic approval from an admissions/academic officer, confirming that the pre-requisite courses will be required for entry to their program based on a review of the student’s application and academic records.
- Must be enrolling in at least six credits of required pre-requisite coursework in a given semester.
If the criteria listed above have been met, students are encouraged to reach out to Victoria DiStefano at firstname.lastname@example.org and request a copy of a Non-Matriculated Certification Form to be completed by the student and an admissions/academic officer from the degree program to which they’ve applied.
In addition, students should also submit a FAFSA for the appropriate academic year. Rochester’s academic years run from Fall to Summer semester. So, for example, students taking coursework during the Summer 2022 semester would need to complete a 2021-2022 FAFSA. The University’s school code for the FAFSA is 002894.
Students can email the Non-Matriculated Certification Form to Victoria DiStefano when it has been completed in full, with all sections and questions filled in. The Financial Aid Office will be able to confirm a student’s eligibility for federal loans for the pre-requisite coursework upon receiving both the completed form and the appropriate year’s FAFSA.