First Year Students Financial Aid Update

We understand that this year’s college admission process has included significant challenges due to ongoing issues with the implementation of the new FAFSA, which is overseen by the U.S. Department of Education. At URI, we’re committed to assisting and supporting your decision-making process for newly admitted students. If you require more time to make your decision, please feel free to take it; there will be no penalties.

We urge you to submit a deposit promptly to kickstart your experience with our excellent orientation and onboarding program: Rhode To Becoming A Ram. At this time, we are encouraging those who would like to attend URI this fall to pay their deposits by the end of May. For first-year students wishing to reside on campus, on-campus housing will be available through this timeline.

Do you need FAFSA assistance? Drop by our virtual lobby for FAFSA help sessions! Visit our Contact Us page for more details.

Need FAFSA Help?

Drop by our virtual lobby for FAFSA help sessions! Visit our Contact Us page for more details.

FAFSA Processing Updates

Most students can now complete the 2024-25 FAFSA! The US Department of Education is now allowing students to make corrections to their FAFSA.

We encourage students to log into the FAFSA to confirm that their FAFSA status is “Processed” and that URI is listed as a school that should receive the results. See Applying for Financial Aid 2024-25 below for more information.

Applying for Financial Aid 2024-25

Prospective Students: 

  • Complete your 2024-25 FAFSA. We expect to release our first batch of financial aid award letters for admitted students with a completed FAFSA soon after we begin to receive the FAFSA results.
  • Students may check their FAFSA status by logging into their FAFSA, navigating to the “My Activity” area, then viewing their application status.
    • Draft: Your section of the FAFSA form is incomplete.
    • In Progress: You provided your consent, approval, and signature to your section of the FAFSA form, but the FAFSA form has not been submitted yet.
    • In Review: You have submitted your form and your application is still processing.
    • Processed: Your application was processed successfully. No further action is needed.
    • Action Required: Your application requires further action from you or your contributor(s). 
  • “Action Required” status on your FAFSA? Check out the guide below to assist with correcting the most common FAFSA errors!
fix common fAFSA errors
  • Please review the checklist below to help you with the financial aid process:
URI Financial Aid checklist


Returning URI Students:

  • Complete your 2024-25 FAFSA by the end of April/early May or sooner.
  • Watch your email for virtual FAFSA Completion Assistance events, which will be hosted by URI Financial Aid experts! 
  • We expect to release the first batch of 2024-25 Financial Aid awards for returning students with a FAFSA and full-time Fall 2024 registration in early June. 

Each year, all students—both new and returning—need to complete the FAFSA application to determine their aid package. Don’t panic. The URI Student Financial Aid team is here to assist you throughout the entire financial aid process. To make your appointment with a Financial Aid counselor, use Starfish. Need help? Check out our Video Guides below!

Types of Aid

Higher education emergency relief funds (HEERF)