Financial Aid

Graduate programs in Arts, Sciences & Engineering (AS&E) 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 Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

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

Federal Assistance

Eligible students are encouraged to submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be considered for federal assistance. To be eligible for federal student loans you must be:

  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Matriculated student
  • Enrolled at least half time (six credit hours per term) in a degree-granting program; audited courses do not count in determining enrollment status

Further details regarding federal loans can be found on our loans page.

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.



Internal Fellowships

In addition to traditional financial aid, tuition scholarships, and stipends, the University has many fellowships that are available to students in AS&E programs.

Some of these fellowships are distributed by departments and others are distributed by AS&E. To learn more about the departmental fellowships that are available you can contact the program coordinator.

For information on AS&E fellowships see our fellowships page.

External Fellowships

The university of Rochester has an extensive fellowship/awards database that we encourage all our students to take advantage of. If you are looking for additional funding you can use the database filters to see which fellowships you are eligible for.