Financial Matters

Contact Financial Aid via email: finaid@rpi.edu. A staff member will respond as quickly as possible.

To expedite the processing of documents during this time period, we ask students to not send anything to our office through the mail. Whenever possible, all documents should be uploaded online at: https://admissions.rpi.edu/aid/upload or via fax at: (518) 276-4797.

Rensselaer will not be adjusting tuition for spring semester 2020. Classes are continuing through remote instruction.

Housing Credits

Rensselaer is providing students who resided in an Institute residence facility during the spring 2020 semester and vacated by March 20, 2020 at the Institute’s request, with a pro-rata credit of 40% of their housing costs, net of Rensselaer financial aid. The amount of Rensselaer financial aid provided to a student will impact the amount of the credit posted to an individual student’s account. For example, if a student received Rensselaer financial aid equal to 50% of the cost of attendance, the housing credit would be reduced by 50%. Students who requested and were granted an exemption to remain in Institute housing are not eligible for a credit.

The housing credit was posted to student accounts on April 22, 2020. Students graduating in May 2020 with a net credit balance on their account will be eligible for a refund of their account balance.

Meal Plan Credits

Rensselaer is providing students who had purchased a meal plan for the spring 2020 semester and departed campus by March 20, 2020 at the Institute’s request, with a pro-rata credit of 40% of their meal plan costs, excluding flex dollars, net of Rensselaer financial aid. Any remaining flex dollars will be available for use during the 2020-2021 academic year.  The amount of Rensselaer gift aid provided to a student will impact the amount of the credit posted to an individual student’s account.  For example, if a student received Rensselaer gift aid equal to 50% of the cost of attendance, the meal plan credit would be reduced by 50%.  Students who requested and were granted an exemption to remain in Institute housing are not eligible for a credit.

The meal plan credit was posted to student accounts on April 22, 2020.  With the exception of students graduating in May 2020, no credits will be issued for flex dollar balances. Students graduating in May 2020 with a net credit balance on their account will be eligible for a refund of their account balance.

The Institute is not currently providing any financial assistance for travel. Students who need financial assistance should contact their Class Dean at (518) 276-8022 or email success@rpi.edu.

Students who depend on work study income will not be approved to work remotely. Effective March 20, all students actively participating in the Federal Work Study program for the spring 2020 semester will continue to be paid through the end of the term. This is subject to change based on federal guidance. For details, visit: https://admissions.rpi.edu/aid/fws.

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