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

In this section you'll find information, forms and deadlines for applying for financial aid. Make note of the relevant deadlines, since any financial aid forms submitted after the posted deadlines will be considered in light of available resources.

Incoming students who wish to apply for financial aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal financial aid and the CSS Profile Application to be considered for financial aid from RISD. You must file these forms each year by the posted deadlines. International students, visiting students, mobility students and students in other special categories are not eligible for financial aid.

Foundation Studies students consider each other's work under the guidance of Professor Merlin Szasz.