How to Apply for Need-based Financial Aid

  • Complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE. The UR filing code is 2928. Because the PROFILE may include several steps, begin the process at least two weeks before the deadline.
    • Early Decision priority deadline: 12:00 am EST, December 1
    • Priority Review and Regular Decision priority deadline: 12:00 am EST, February 15*
  • Complete the CSS Non-Custodial PROFILE as instructed during the CSS PROFILE submission process.
    • Early Decision priority deadline: 12:00 am EST, December 1
    • Priority Review and Regular Decision priority deadline: 12:00 am EST, February 15*
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The UR filing code is 002894.
    • Priority deadline for all students: 12:00 am EST, February 15
    • There is a useful option on the FAFSA called IRS Data Retrieval, which simplifies the application process for you. In order to utilize this option, you should file your FAFSA about two weeks after filing your federal tax return electronically. If you are unable to file the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval process, please use the best possible estimates. You can always go back into the FAFSA once your taxes have been filed to update your estimates using the IRS Data Retrieval process.
  • We participate in the College Board's IDOC service. Applicants who are required to submit their 2013 tax information as part of their aid application will be contacted via email by the College Board with instructions and deadline information. If you are unable to submit your 2013 tax information to IDOC by the priority deadline of 12:00 am EST, March 1, be sure to submit your CSS PROFILE and FAFSA by the deadlines using estimates and send copies of your 2012 federal tax returns directly to the Financial Aid Office. Be aware that you will need to submit your 2013 tax information to IDOC as soon as you are able. If you have questions regarding the IDOC process, email your counselor or visit the IDOC’s Frequently Asked Questions section on the College Board’s website.


*If you miss the deadline for your application, you can still apply for financial aid. Be aware that filing late will impact how quickly our office can review your information. We strongly encourage all students to apply by the deadline, as we are unable to guarantee that full demonstrated need will be met for students filing late. In all cases, do not wait for actual year-end income figures to file the forms. Use the best possible estimates to ensure you do not miss the priority deadlines.

General Awarding Guidelines

Students receiving merit- or need-based University scholarships/grants should be aware that certain restrictions apply:

  • Entering freshmen are limited to eight semesters of scholarship/grant assistance.
  • University scholarships/grants require full-time enrollment (at least 12 credits/semester).
  • University scholarships/grants are not available for summer coursework.
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