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Your college education is one of the most important investments you can make in yourself. At the University of Rochester, we’re committed to helping students meet their financial needs. We do this through a variety of financial aid options.

The University of Rochester is committed to using the Principles & Standards of the College Cost Transparency Initiative in its student financial aid offers. The financial aid offer will be available in our FAOnline portal for students to view. Once a student’s financial aid award has been generated, an e-mail will be sent to the student’s email address, stating the award is available to be viewed.

Latest news

2024-2025 FAFSA Delivery Delay

The Department of Education opened the 2024-2025 FAFSA for completion on December 31, 2023. The FAFSA is available to complete for many students and families, although issues persist which the Department is working to resolve.

The Department announced that 2024-2025 FAFSAs will not start to be delivered to schools until the first half of March. Some FAFSAs may not be delivered until later. Additionally, students who need to make corrections to their submitted FAFSA will not be able to do so until the first half of March.

If you have already submitted your 2024-2025 FAFSA and used our school code of 002894, rest assured that we will receive it later in the spring when FAFSA delivery begins.

While we encourage all students to complete and submit their FAFSA as soon as possible, we understand that technical issues are preventing some students from being able to. If you are unable to complete your FAFSA at this time, please try again over the coming weeks as the Department continues to implement solutions to the technical issues currently impacting the FAFSA.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to your counselor with any questions.

FAFSA Simplification

Beginning with the 2024-2025 FAFSA, a variety of changes have been implemented to the FAFSA filing process and the determination of federal aid eligibility. These changes are collectively known as “FAFSA Simplification”. We encourage all students applying for federal financial aid to review our webpage of information and resources regarding FAFSA Simplification.

Application deadline for returning students

The application deadline for returning students for the 2024–2025 academic year was March 15, 2024*. Instructions will be emailed to students beginning in the late fall semester, and reminders will continue to be sent bi-weekly to those students with incomplete applications.

Returning undergraduates who did not submit their application with all supporting documentation by this deadline are not guaranteed full consideration for need-based University grant assistance and may have their institutional aid reduced due to limited funding.

Read more about our late policy in the FA Handbook. Please contact your financial aid counselor if you have concerns about submitting your application materials in a timely manner.

*Due to the delay in delivery of 2024-2025 FAFSAs, the deadline for submission of the FAFSA has been extended to April 15, 2024.

Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC)

Select undergraduate students are required to submit additional paperwork the College Board’s IDOC service. If you’re required to submit your application via IDOC, you should send all required paper documents directly to the College Board and not the Financial Aid Office. Instructions can be found by logging in to your FAOnline account and reviewing the Required Document screen. If you have questions, please contact your financial aid counselor.

Financial aid trends

What to expect year-to-year

Students may see their need-based aid change between years for a variety of reasons. Those reasons aren’t always clear to students, so we’ve put together a video that explains the broader trends behind financial aid and what to expect year to year as well as some common reasons you may see a change. For students and parents interested in learning more about our aid policies, we encourage you to read over our financial aid handbook.

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