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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Deadlines

Decision Type Required forms to be completed Deadline
Early Decision I

Both:
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
College Scholarship Service (CSS)
Please allow 5-7 days for your CSS Profile and/or FAFSA to be processed.

November 1
Early Decision II Both:
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
College Scholarship Service (CSS)
Please allow 5-7 days for your CSS Profile and/or FAFSA to be processed.
December 15
Regular Decision Both:
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
College Scholarship Service (CSS)
Please allow 5-7 days for your CSS Profile and/or FAFSA to be processed.
February 1
Summer 2018 Arch Participants Only:
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
Please allow 5-7 days for your CSS Profile and/or FAFSA to be processed.
December 31, 2017
All Other Returning Students Only:
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
Please allow 5-7 days for your CSS Profile and/or FAFSA to be processed.
April 1
Troy Campus FAFSA Code: 002803
Hartford Campus FAFSA Code: E001127
School CSS Code: 2757
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Required Forms

Applicants: Rensselaer requires both the FAFSA and CSS. This provides us with a complete financial picture and enables us to offer you the maximum support. We recommend submitting these forms at the same time so that the data is consistent between them. If the data does not match between the FAFSA and CSS, you could be audited.

Current students: If you receive need-based aid, you will need to submit the FAFSA every year. However, you do not need to re-submit the CSS.  Merit awards from Rensselaer are automatically renewed and do not require you to re-apply.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Required for any student seeking federal and/or Rensselaer need-based aid programs.
  • Required each year for students currently attending Rensselaer who receive need-based aid.

College Scholarship Service (CSS)

  • Required of undergraduate students seeking admission to Rensselaer, for determination of Rensselaer need-based aid programs and estimated federal aid eligibility.
  • Not required for current students beyond their freshman year.