The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile are both now available for the 2020–2021 academic year. Not all students are required to submit the CSS Profile, but all students applying for financial aid are required to complete a FAFSA. We encourage students to submit the 2020–2021 FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov. Our federal school code is 002894. Instructions will be emailed to students later in the fall semester to confirm what additional financial aid materials they may need to submit, including the CSS Profile, as part of their application for next year’s aid.
Instructions will be emailed to current students later in the fall term regarding the 2020–2021 application materials and our deadline. Reminders will be sent out in the weeks leading up to the deadline and will continue to be sent bi-weekly to those students with incomplete application up to the deadline and beyond. 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.
Select undergraduate students are required to submit additional paperwork (copies of 2018 federal taxes, verification worksheets, non-tax filer statements, etc) to the College Board’s IDOC service. If you are 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.
Students required to complete IDOC will be emailed by the College Board with instructions on activating their online IDOC account. Students must have either a CSS Profile or FAFSA already on file with the Financial Aid Office before this email will be sent by the College Board. To ensure that you receive IDOC correspondence from the College Board, please add collegeboard.org, collegeboard.com, and student-1.com domains to the safe senders list on your email system.
For the 2020–2021 academic year, IDOC instructions will not be emailed to you until later in the fall semester.
UR 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 students may see a change. Be sure to check it out! For students and parents interested in learning more about our aid policies, we encourage you to read over our FA Handbook for the 2019-2020 academic year.