First-year (Freshman) Applicants

We are dedicated to helping undergraduate students understand the financial aid process and how best to finance their education. Students should contact our office if they have any additional questions or concerns regarding financial aid.

The CSS Profile is used to award need-based financial aid from RISD.

The FAFSA is used to award all federal financial aid, including grants, work-study jobs and loans. Applicants wishing to apply for federal student aid exclusively should only complete a FAFSA application.

Both the 2017/18 CSS Profile and FAFSA will be available October 1, 2016.

Early Decision applicants: deadline November 15

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): school code is 003409
  2. CSS Profile Application: school code is 3726  

Regular applicants: deadline February 15

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): school code is 003409 
    Students who did not apply for financial aid by the deadline but still wish to be considered for federal student loans may still complete the FAFSA application.
  2. CSS Profile Application: school code is 3726  

Apply for admission

Freshman application
For more information about the first-year admissions process or to begin an online application, visit the Admissions First-year (Freshman) Applicants page.

The Early Decision deadline for fall 2017 admission is November 1, 2016, with the regular deadline following three months later on February 1, 2017.

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