Like many colleges and universities, the University of Rochester distinguishes between two types of financial assistance: support based on merit and support based on need. A financial aid offer from the University often includes both types of aid. Merit-based aid comes in the form of scholarships, whereas need-based aid mostly comes in the form of grants, loans, work study, etc. The University of Rochester offers both types of aid, based on varying criteria.
With a permanently endowed fund, the Alan and Jane Handler Scholarship is awarded to selected students who do not otherwise have the financial means to attain a Rochester education. Scholars are selected on the basis of academic excellence, outstanding potential to be future leaders, and demonstrated mastery of complex challenges. The Handler Scholarship is the University’s leading award. It provides recipients with complete financial support (tuition, fees, room, board, and books), as well as individual and group opportunities, for the duration of the regular academic program.