Aid for New Incoming Students

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Our Office of Financial Aid administers an extensive program of scholarships, 奖助金, 贷款, and work study to help students successfully manage education costs. Let us help you get your degree.

Aid Based on Need

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Most of the financial aid available at Rhode Island College is based on financial need, although some scholarships are given each year in recognition of superior academic achievement or special talent. Financial need is simply the difference between your cost of attending RIC and the amount that you and your family are expected to contribute toward that cost.

Submit Your FAFSA Form

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Federal Student Aid [FSA] is education funding from the 联邦 government (Department of Education). Federal student aid funds may cover tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. Types of 联邦 student aid include 奖助金, work-study and direct 贷款.

Complete the FAFSA for Free

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Have You Heard about the Hope Scholarship?

The Rhode Island College Hope Scholarship is a pilot program that provides last-dollar tuition and mandatory fee payments to in-state RIC students for their junior and senior years, if they meet certain criteria.

More on the Hope Scholarship

Understand Hope Scholarship Eligibility

Financial Aid Eligibility and Application Information

Additional information on financial aid eligibility and how to apply:

Applicants should be aware that virtually all financial aid awarded by Rhode Island College is limited to students who are:

  • Accepted into a program that will lead to a degree
  • U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens
  • Enrolled at the College at least half-time (6-8 credits for undergraduates; 4.5 or more credits for graduate students). Limited Federal Pell Grants are available to some students studying less than half-time.
  • Maintaining Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress

For financial aid purposes, student status is typically verified after the end of the Add Period (the first two weeks of the semester). Students should expect that the amount of their award(s) might be reduced proportionately and/or cancelled if their status at the end of the Add Period is less than full time.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • RIC's Federal School Code is 003407

Applicants should fill out all forms completely and accurately in order to avoid delays in processing and possible loss of financial aid.

IRS Data Retrieval Tool and Needed Materials

When completing the FAFSA, we encourage you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer your IRS Tax Return data directly into your FAFSA. This will make the application process easier and more accurate. In order to successfully use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you must have a:

  • Federal tax return filed with the IRS
  • Valid social security number
  • Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID
  • Unchanged marital status since December 31 ​of the prior year

For parents or students without an FSA ID, you will be prompted to apply for one during the FAFSA application process. The FSA ID will help you (student or parent) electronically sign the FAFSA.

After FAFSA Submission

After the FAFSA is submitted, a confirmation 电子邮件 will be sent by the 联邦 processor. A second 电子邮件 will be sent to the student shortly afterwards confirming the FAFSA has been processed. At that time, you may view a Student Aid Report (SAR). Be sure Rhode Island College is listed on the SAR (School Code 003407), otherwise we will not receive your information from the 联邦 processor. If a SAR is not received within five to 10 days, please contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243.

Please Note: Rhode Island College reserves the right to require verification of income data submitted by any and all applicants for financial assistance. Awards for those who are asked for such verification will be made conditional upon receipt of the requested information/documentation. Forms of documentation or verification that may be requested include, but are not limited to, transcripts of 联邦 income tax returns and copies of authorization letters for untaxed income. Any discrepancy in reported figures may result in adjustment or cancellation of the financial aid award and may be reported to the 联邦 government for further review and possible legal action.

All awards made by or through the College are conditional and are based upon information available to College officials at the time the award is made. All awards are, 因此, subject to change and/or cancellation, should the College become aware of facts, conditions, and/or circumstances that differ from those upon which the award(s) was (were) based. 类似的, all awards are contingent upon the receipt by the College of sufficient funding from state, 联邦, or other funding sources and/or donors to cover award offers.

美国.S. Department of Education announced the 2024–2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will not be available until late December 2023. New and returning students seeking financial aid from Rhode Island College for the 2024-2025 academic year are advised to file the FAFSA as soon as the online application becomes available at Federal Student Aid. Rhode Island College's Federal School Code is 003407.

Understanding the 2024-25 FAFSA Filing Updates

Financial aid awards are not automatically renewable unless specified otherwise in your award letter. Almost all student aid at the College must be reapplied for each year by completing a new FAFSA by the posted priority filing deadline.​​​​​​ 

Let's Make it Happen!

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Office of Financial Aid

The mission of the Office of Student Financial Aid is to assist students and their families in funding educational costs at Rhode Island College.