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Prospective Students

Financial Aid

Graduate programs in Arts, Sciences and Engineering offer many types of financial support. Each academic department reviews applications for grant and scholarship assistance. Amounts are awarded by the specific department and are incorporated into your admissions offer.

PhD applicants offered admission to the University of Rochester are eligible for a full tuition scholarship. Various stipends are also available to supplement the cost of graduate education.

Master’s applicants offered admission to the University are eligible for tuition scholarships based on academic merit. Many of our master’s programs may be completed in one year, or can be extended to two years with the addition of internship, co-op, or research experiences.

For more information, see the Admissions and Financial Aid website.

For detailed information regarding all direct costs, including on-campus housing at Rochester, see the Bursar’s Office website.

Academic Requirements

Please review the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy for graduate students.

Your credit hours for the academic year have been estimated based on your program of study in order to determine your cost of attendance and eligibility for federal aid. If your registration varies from this estimate, please email your admissions counselor directly with your correct registration.

At the beginning of each term, our office reviews each student’s account to confirm that their actual credit hours match these estimates. If there are any discrepancies in credit hours, you'll receive an email asking you to confirm your actual registration for the term.

Student Financial Aid System

You can review what credit hours we used to determine your eligibility for aid by reviewing the messages tab in FAOnline, our online student financial aid system.

Students can also use FAOnline to:

  • Review financial aid packages
  • Review the status of any document needed for an aid application
  • Download and print documents that are required for a financial aid application
  • Receive notification when a change has been made to a financial aid package
  • Stay informed about financial aid deadlines and requirements for each academic year

Students must know their student ID number to log into the system.

In order to have your student loan funds available at the start of the fall semester, you should submit your application materials to the Financial Aid Office by May 1. The FAFSA can be completed for the new academic year after January 1. If you apply after the start of the academic year, please allow up to two to four weeks for processing of your application to determine your eligibility for aid.


In addition to traditional financial aid, the University has several fellowships that are available to all students in Arts, Sciences and Engineering programs. See our fellowship page for more information.