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.
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.
deadline for transfer applicants: March 15
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
RISD’s school code is 003409
Please note that you cannot complete this application prior to January 1.
If you or your parents have not yet filed tax returns for the previous year, 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 do not apply for financial aid by the deadline but still wish to be considered for federal student loans may still
complete the FAFSA application.
- CSS Profile Application: RISD’s school code is
Apply for admission
For more information about the admissions process for transfer students or to begin an online application, go to the Admissions Transfer Applicants page.
The deadline for admission next fall is March 15. The deadline for consideration for limited openings in spring is November 1.