The financial aid team at Rensselaer has created this short, informative video series to help you successfully navigate the financial aid process. Based on decades of combined experience, you’ll learn about common mistakes and ways to complete the process efficiently and correctly.
Video 1: Learn if you should apply for financial aid, what documents are required, and when they are due.
Video 2: Understand the differences and common elements of financial aid forms; reduce your risk of filing errors and gain tips for a submitting a successful application.
Video 3: Avoid the “troublesome 10”. This video details the most common errors people make when submitting their financial aid forms, creating unnecessary delays.
Video 4: Award Letter and Enrollment. This video details the most common forms and steps to complete before enrollment.
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When you apply to Rensselaer, you will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships, which include endowed scholarship sources. There are no other forms to complete. RPI merit scholarships are not available to international students who are not citizens of Canada.
If you want to be considered for need-based funding, you will need to complete both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and College Board's College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile. The data on these documents needs to match, so we recommend completing them at the same time.CSS Profile College Code: 2757
FAFSA College Code for Troy Campus: 002803
College Code for Hartford Campus: E001127
- New students who are US citizens, or residents of the US who would qualify for US federal student aid programs
- New students from Canada
- Transfer students who are US Citizens, federal aid "eligible non-citizens," or from Canada
- Merit scholarships from Rensselaer, including endowed scholarship sources (requires Admission Application [only])
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.
- Rensselaer Leadership Award
- Need-based grants from Rensselaer (requires Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and College Board's College Scholarship Service (CSS) applications)
- Federal student aid programs (requires Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and College Board's College Scholarship Service (CSS) applications)
- Federal Direct Subsidized & Unsubsidized (Student) Loans
- Federal PELL Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG / SEOG)
- Non-federal educational loans
Undergraduate students seeking Rensselaer need-based aid (including federal aid programs) or graduate students seeking federal aid programs must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year the aid is sought.
No, there is no academic requirement for renewal.
You are required to report the income of the parent you lived with most in the last 12 months on your FAFSA and Profile applications, as well as any stepparent’s income and assets. Child support from the other parent, together with the income and assets of the parent with whom you live, will determine your need. We do not require the CSS Profile non-custodial parent form.
If there is a change in your family’s financial situation after you complete and submit your FAFSA/CSS Profile, call or write directly to Rensselaer's Office of Financial Aid.
Not usually. Students are allowed to keep any outside awards in addition to their Rensselaer scholarship awards, as long as the total does not exceed our cost of attendance. Need-based awards are subject to change in the following order: loans, federal work-study, and finally, grants.
The following non-Rensselaer links are provided as a service to students and prospective students.
Free web scholarship searches:
General federal aid information:
FinAid – The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid – www.finaid.org
NASFAA – National Association of Student Financial Aid – www.nasfaa.org
HESC – NYS Higher Education Services Corporation (for NY residents) – www.hesc.org