A variety of opportunities

RISD's Student Financial Services office (SFS) is committed to assisting students in advancing their careers in art and design through graduate education. By providing many types of graduate aid through various programs, RISD helps qualified students seek, obtain and make the best use of all resources available to meet the cost of the extraordinary education offered here, and many also gain valuable experience through research and teaching opportunities.

Fellowships

Graduate fellowships are awarded by Student Financial Services in conjunction with the awardee's academic department, and may be determined based on need, merit or a combination of both.

ASSISTANTSHIPS

Students may also receive a graduate assistantship, or apply for Graduate Studies|Grants and/or research assistantships in their area of study.

FEDERAL + STATE GRANTS

Students seeking need-based financial support should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine their eligibility for state and federal programs such as the Federal Pell Grants and Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants.

LOANS

Taken in the student's name, Federal loans from the Direct Stafford and Perkins programs are likely to be part of a student's financial aid award package.

WORK STUDY

Work Study jobs are available for qualified students through both federal and RISD programs. Opportunities are administered by SFS.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Outside scholarships provide an excellent way of reducing students' need to work and/or borrow student loans while at RISD.