The Aid Process

The decision to invest in a quality education is substantial. That's why we're committed to providing fair and equitable financial assistance.

Like many colleges and universities, we distinguish between two types of financial assistance: merit-based and need-based.

Merit-based assistance usually takes the form of scholarships, while need-based aid typically appears as grants, loans, and work study.

experts guide cover While the Admissions Office determines whether or not an applicant should receive a merit-based award, the Financial Aid Office will determine need-based award eligibility. Please keep in mind that changes to an awarded merit scholarship may impact the estimated financial aid package. Questions about the financial aid package should to be directed to the Financial Aid Office.

You Should Know

  • Every family situation is unique. The Financial Aid Office works diligently to determine the best aid package possible based on each family's demonstrated financial need.
  • First-generation and lower-income students have earned a long history of success at Rochester through generous financial aid.
  • For instructions on how to apply as well as deadline dates please visit the Financial Aid Office website.