RISD Financial Aid


Undergraduate

Approximately 40% of the student body who demonstrate artistic and academic excellence and financial need receive RISD scholarships.

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RISD scholarships  RISD scholarships are awarded based on a combination of financial need and academic merit. Recipients of RISD scholarships must apply for financial aid each year.

Special scholarships  RISD also offers several scholarships each year to freshmen who exhibit outstanding academic and artistic achievement but do not necessarily demonstrate need. Two awards of at least $10,000 are made to students competing in the National YoungArts Foundation (formerly known as NFAA) and two awards of at least $10,000 are made to participants in Scholastics. To be eligible for these scholarships, applicants must enter the YoungArts or Scholastics competitions.

In addition, up to five Trustee Scholarships of at least $10,000 are awarded each year. Trustee Scholarships may be renewed annually, provided the student remains in good standing. No special application is required.

RISD-controlled financial aid is not available to special, visiting, international or exchange students.  

Yellow Ribbon Program  RISD is pleased to announce its participation in the Post 9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides additional financial assistance to veterans who qualify for 100% of Post 9/11 GI Bill Educational Benefits. RISD provides 10 veterans scholarship assistance in the amount of $10,000, which is matched by the federal government for a total assistance amount of $20,000. Participation is limited to 10 veterans, with VA regulations stipulating that assistance must be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 

RISD will begin accepting applications for Yellow Ribbon on April 1, 2014 for the 2014/2015 academic yearAll applications require a copy of your VA Certificate of eligibility. Application materials submitted prior to April 1 will not be accepted. 

Please note: Scholarship assistance cannot exceed tuition and fees from all sources. If an applicant receives scholarship assistance from  RISD, $10,000 of this scholarship amount will be designated as the Yellow Ribbon match. If the total of scholarship assistance from RISD, the Yellow Ribbon program and Chapter 33 benefits exceeds tuition and fees, the scholarship assistance offered by RISD will be reduced commensurately.

For more information of the Yellow Ribbon program, please review the terms spelled out on the US Department of Veteran Affairs site.

Segal Americorps Match  RISD provides a matching Americorps award of up to $5,550 to two students each year. Students must provide a copy of their letter of eligibility for the Segal Americorps Education Award no later than April 1 of each year. This award is made on a first-come, first-served basis. 

 
Graduate

Graduate students may be eligible for Research Assistantships in their area of study and once enrolled, may apply for Graduate Studies|Grants.

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President’s Scholars  President’s Scholars is a program established in 1994 that provides assistance to the top graduate admits during the admissions process. The scholarships extend throughout the duration of the student’s studies at RISD. The awards are determined by a committee composed of members of the Division of Graduate Studies and the academic departments who review and vote on candidates.

Graduate Fellowships  Graduate Fellowships are awarded by the Financial Aid office in conjunction with the student’s academic department. Fellowships may be based on financial need as determined by completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), merit or a combination of both (based on departmental preferences). Typically, fellowships are awarded in equal disbursements for fall and spring semesters and paid directly to a student’s tuition account. 

Graduate Assistantships  Graduate Assistantships are awarded through each graduate program and are assigned by the Graduate Program Director. Assistantships are awarded during the admissions process, but specific positions may not be assigned until the beginning of each semester. International students or any student who does not have a Social Security Number cannot be assigned an assistantship during the first semester.

 

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In a studio called Design Science students explore geometric patterns and relationships, in part by constructing models.