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All undergraduate students seeking admission are automatically considered for Rensselaer merit based awards. No separate application is required.
New students seeking admission for the 2017-2018 academic year who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens interested in federal and/or Rensselaer need-based financial aid are required to complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Early Decision I students should file the CSS Profile Application and the FAFSA by November 1, 2016. Early Decision II students should file the CSS Profile and the FAFSA by December 15, 2016.
CSS College Code: 2757
Do not wait until you have been accepted to Rensselaer to apply for financial aid! Once you have been invited to attend Rensselaer and we have received your financial aid information we will send you an award letter.
Typically, once you have been accepted and we have your FAFSA and Profile applications, it takes about two weeks to provide you with an award letter. If you have no interest in applying for need based financial aid, and you are eligible for merit-based awards only, you will receive your award notification shortly after your offer of admission to Rensselaer.
Rensselaer’s most prominent awards provided without regard to financial need are:
Rensselaer Leadership Award
Given in recognition of an outstanding record of academic and personal achievements, a strong commitment to excellence, and illustration of intellectual curiosity. Award amounts vary.
Rensselaer Medal Award
Awarded to promising secondary school juniors who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science. Responsibility for selecting the Medalist belongs to the faculty and staff within the participating secondary school. The award is $25,000 per academic year.
In addition there are a number of special endowed scholarships for admitted students.
With the exception of the Rensselaer Medal Award, the Rensselaer Leadership Award may be replaced in whole or in part by other merit award programs provided through the generosity of alumni, friends, and corporations since the inception of the Institute in 1824. Total Rensselaer provided scholarships and/or tuition benefits may not exceed tuition.
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