Freshman Applicants

We are dedicated to helping undergraduate students understand the financial aid process and how best to finance their education. Students should contact our office if they have any additional questions or concerns regarding financial aid.

The CSS Profile is used to award need-based financial aid from RISD, along with estimated financial aid awards to Early Decision applicants.

The FAFSA is used to award all federal financial aid, including grants, work-study jobs and loans. Applicants wishing to apply for federal student aid exclusively should only complete a FAFSA application.

Early Decision applicants: deadline November 15

  1. CSS Profile Application: school code is 3726  
  2. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): school code is 003409 (must complete after January 1)

Regular applicants: deadline February 15

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): school code is 003409 
    Please note you cannot complete this application prior to January 1. If you have not filed your taxes, you should complete the FAFSA using estimated information and correct the data once you have filed (please note, however, that awards are estimates until complete information is received). Students who did not apply for financial aid by the deadline but still wish to be considered for federal student loans may still complete the FAFSA application.
  2. CSS Profile Application: school code is 3726  

Apply for admission

Freshman application
For more information about the freshman admissions process or to begin an online application, visit the Admissions Freshman Applicants page.

The Early Decision deadline for fall 2014 admission is November 1, 2013, with the regular deadline following three months later on February 1, 2014.

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