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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.


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


Students may also receive a graduate assistantship, or apply for grants or research assistantships in their area of study.


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.


Taken in the student’s name, Federal Direct Loans are likely to be part of a student's financial aid award package.


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


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