Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a signatory to the Council of Graduate Schools Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants. If you are awarded funding from Rensselaer, you will need to make your enrollment decision by the deadline listed on your award letter.
Students receiving assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships must also sign and return their award letters in order to receive funding.
- Complete the Confirmation Form for Admitted Students to confirm your intent to enroll in graduate study at Rensselaer. *You are not required to wait until the deadline on your award letter to do this.
- Check that your Graduate Enrollment Checklist in complete so we can confirm your enrollment.
- Transfer students must complete and submit the International Student Transfer Form. Your international student advisor must complete a section of the form as well.
- If you do not intent to enroll at Rensselaer, please complete the form for Request Withdrawal for Admitted Graduate Students.
Steps Required to Obtain Your I-20 or DS-2019 (International Students Only)
All international students must provide the following documents in order to receive their Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) from Rensselaer:
- Graduate Student Confirmation Form
- Financial documents (see below for acceptable documentation)
- Sponsor letter (if not self-funded)
- Copy of passport identification page(s)
US government regulations require that in order to qualify for non-immigrant student status, you must prove the availability of sufficient funding to meet your expenses. We require that Master’s students demonstrate funding for at least one year and that Ph.D. students demonstrate funding for at least two years. Students should have a reasonable expectation that the same level of support will be available in subsequent years, and should therefore consider how they will fund their studies for the entire length of their program.
2023-2024 Cost of Attendance: $83,428
Fees and Insurance: $3,568
Estimated Living Expenses: $16,280
Books and Supplies: $3,220
- Spouse : $8,820
- Each dependent child: $4,410
To demonstrate each source of your financial support, follow the instructions below. Provide official translation of documents not originally in English. Supporting financial documents must be:
- in English,
- dated within the last three months, and
- clearly state the name of the account holder and the amount of funding available in U.S. dollar equivalent. If you are unable to obtain a statement or bank letter with a US dollar value, we will convert the value upon review.
Finanical support must be in liquid form. Additional information will be provided upon being admitted into the program of your choice by the Office of Graduate Admissions team.