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The Rensselaer Annual Fund helps to provide a world-class educational experience to our students, prepares them to meet the demands and challenges of the 21st century.

With your gift to the Annual Fund, Rensselaer students:

  • Receive scholarships and competitive financial aid packages—more than 90 percent of Rensselaer students receive some sort of financial aid
  • Experience a world-class undergraduate education of undisputed intellectual rigor
  • Participate in award-winning student programming
  • Take part in undergraduate research and study abroad programs
  • Collaborate with our talented and dedicated faculty, and so much more
It is more important than ever to support our students in order to meet the nation’s growing need for scientific and technical talent. Tuition covers just 75 percent of the cost of educating our students. Your gift makes up the difference between what families pay and the cost of the Rensselaer experience and helps us invest in their future right now.

Where Annual Fund Dollars Go

41 % – Faculty who foster innovation and entrepreneurship in our talented students

28% – Scholarship and financial aid

19% – A world-class, engaging campus that facilitates interdisciplinary, interactive learning for the 21st century

12% – Academic and out-of-classroom opportunities (dollars for undergraduate research, award-winning student programs, student services, and residential life)

Programs of the Annual Fund

Patroon Scholars Program

The power to make a difference in the lives of our students is fully realized through the Patroon Scholars Program.

Annual Fund Assistance Grant

The Rensselaer Annual Fund Assistance Grant was established to provide emergency financial aid to an upperclassman with financial hardship.

Memorial and Tribute Scholarship Fund

Honor the memory of a loved one or commemorate a special occasion through a gift to the Rensselaer Memorial and Tribute Scholarship Fund.

Annual Fund Scholars Program

One of the most personal and lasting ways to make a difference in the lives of Rensselaer students is with a gift of scholarship.

Graduate Student Relief Fund

The Graduate Student Relief Fund is an emergency fund for Rensselaer graduate students who face financial hardship that threatens their academic progress during their time at Rensselaer.

Undergraduate Student Relief Fund

The Student Relief Fund is an emergency fund for Rensselaer students who face financial hardship that threatens their academic progress during their time at Rensselaer.

Senior Class Giving

Senior Class Giving Giving back is a time-honored tradition at Rensselaer, culminating in the class gift during senior year. You can help create a legacy of philanthropy for your class by choosing to support Rensselaer both as a student and an alumnus or alumna. Senior Class Gift This year, the Class of 2020 has chosen…

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