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Financial Aid


Recent Changes to the Student Aid Programs

FSA ID replaces PIN:

On May 10, 2015, the federal government implemented the FSA ID, a modernized log-in process that improves the security and customer experience for all student- and borrower-based websites, including FAFSA on the Web, NSLDS Student Access,,, and the TEACH Grant website. The new FSA ID, which is comprised of a user-selected username and password, replaces the Federal Student Aid PIN as the process by which students, parents, and borrowers authenticate their identity to access their federal student aid information.For more information visit:

If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can create one when logging in to, the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) at,,, and Agreement to Serve (ATS) at   For more information on how to create an FSA ID, please visit:  Create FSA ID


Application Information
Information about applying for financial aid at URI (Filling out the FAFSA). Note: You must be a matriculating student in a degree granting program, making Satisfactory Academic Progress according to the University Policy, in order to be eligible for Federal financial aid.

Centennial/University Scholarship Requirements
All students who receive a Centennial or University Scholarship are subject to following certain guidelines.

Code of Conduct for Financial Aid Professionals
The Code of Conduct that prohibits conflicts of interest for employees involved with financial aid.

Disbursements and Refunds
Information regarding financial aid award disbursements.

Education Tax Benefits
Learn about tax benefits for education. Tax credits, deductions and savings plans can help taxpayers with their expenses for higher education.

Financial Aid Award Notification
Information on student's responsibilities, financial aid programs, alternative sources, loans, grants, employment, and more.

Financial Awareness Counseling

Provides tools and information to help you understand your financial aid and help you manage your finances.

You will also find some helpful tips on the College Planning Center of RI web site:  Financial Literacy

Grants & Scholarships
Information on the various grants and scholarships.

If you accept a loan, you will be required to complete a promissory note. Learn more about this here.

Need Determination
Determining the need for financial aid.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards
Read the policy on satisfactory academic progress for receiving federal financial aid.

Sources for Alternative Aid
Enrollment Services will assist you with information about alternative sources of financial assistance.

State Financial Aid
Applying for state financial aid and other aid forms.

Student Employment
Information of student employment and the work study program.

Withdrawal from classes and Financial Aid:

If a student withdraws or drops all classes during a semester, several billing and financial aid calculations will take place as of the last date of attendance.  This date is determined by the drop or withdrawal date in e-Campus. Federal financial aid is subject to the calculations described below in the Title IV Funds Return Policy. 

Non Title IV aid, which includes institutional aid and alternative loans, is refunded to its source on the same percentage basis as the institutional tuition refund schedule.  However, a student with an alternative loan who has an outstanding balance as a result of the refund calculation may be able to retain a greater percentage of the loan than that used in the refund calculation.  State aid and outside scholarships will be refunded to the appropriate agencies in accordance with their respective policies.


Title IV Funds Return Policy
Information for students who withdraw or cease attending all classes:


Federal regulations require a return of Title IV financial aid if you:
-received federal assistance in the form of a Federal Pell Grant; Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG); Federal Perkins Loan; Ford Federal Direct Loan (subsidized or unsubsidized); PLUS (parent or graduate) loan; Federal TEACH Grant; and
-withdrew or ceased attending all classes on or before completing 60 percent of the semester, the Federal government mandates that you may only keep the financial aid you have earned up to the time you withdraw from all classes.

To determine the amount of federal aid earned up to the time of withdrawal, Enrollment Services will divide the number of calendar days you attended classes by the total number of calendar days in the semester (less any scheduled break of five days or more). The resulting percentage is then multiplied by the total federal funds that you accepted. This calculation determines the amount of aid that you earned and are allowed to keep.
The unearned portion of your aid must be returned to the federal Title IV program from which the aid was received by the University and/or by you. A notification letter will be sent to your permanent address if your financial aid is reduced and a return is required. If you are required to return any Title IV loan funds, you will be contacted by Direct Loans with repayment information. If the University is required to return any Title IV funds, the change will be reflected on your student account.
Financial aid returned by you and/or your parent or the University must be allocated in the following order:

-Ford Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

-Ford Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
-Federal Perkins Loan
-Ford Federal Direct PLUS Graduate Loan
-Ford Federal Direct PLUS Parent Loan
-Federal Pell Grant
-Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
-Federal Teach Grants
-Other federal loan or grant assistance

If a student is thinking about withdrawing from all classes prior to completing 60% of the term, the student should contact Enrollment Services to determine how a withdrawal will affect financial aid. It is recommended that the student try to complete the term or complete at least 60% of the term to avoid having to repay any money that was already disbursed. If a student does not owe any money prior to withdrawal, the student may have a balance due to the University and/or the government after completion of the government required calculation.

The 60% date for the Fall 2014 semester is October 31, 2014; for the Spring 2015 semester the 60% date is March 16, 2015. Note:  Drop dates during Spring Break will use March 13, 2015 for the last day of attendance.


FAFSA on the Web

FAFSA PIN Registration

Direct Stafford Loan

Entrance and Exit Counseling

Master Promissory Note

Master Promissory Note


Agreement To Serve

Entrance Counseling

Exit Counseling

Calculating College Affordability

College Affordability Estimator


Attention: Please update your URIEmergencyALERT information here.

Attention:  Please be sure your completed FAFSA includes the University of Rhode Island Federal School Code 003414.

Quick Links

Parent Plus Loan Application

Graduate Plus Loan Application

Federal Direct Loan Application Instructions for Parents/Students

e-Bill Information

2015-2016 Tuition and Fee Information

Accept/Decline Financial Aid Awards

Financial Aid Awards

IRS Data Retrieval Option for FAFSA

URI Summer Sessions

Parent/Third Party Access to e-Campus

Non-Degree Student Registration Application

Request a Transcript

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Telephone Hours

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Financial Aid Walk-In Counseling

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