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When Will Financial Aid Awards Go Out?

Corinne Franklin on Thursday, 25 February 2010. Posted in Advising & Support, Financial Aid, Institute Requirements

Acceptance letters to RIT are going out! Everyone accepted to RIT is being reviewed for a merit scholarship. We are mailing merit scholarship award letters this week. And, we’re on schedule to send financial aid awards out March 15th to admitted 1st year students who completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Transfer students will start receiving their financial aid awards April 1st.


If you apply for admission to RIT and complete the FAFSA you will automatically be considered for federal, state and RIT need-based aid. New York State residents have a link at the end of the FAFSA to apply for the New York State Tuition Award Program (TAP).


If you missed the link to the TAP Application, you can complete it on-line at If you are a non-NY state resident, you should check with your state agency for any scholarship opportunities. Here are a few state agencies that may provide grants and or scholarships for enrollment at RIT:



If your financial aid award includes a federal loan, you will be advised on how to receive that loan. Since RIT is a Direct Lending School, all federal loans are processed by RIT. You will not be able to get a federal loan for enrollment at RIT through an outside state agency or a lender.


Congratulations to all accepted students! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding the financial aid process at RIT.

Comments (35)

  • Kadre


    03 March 2010 at 17:32 |
    do you know when HEOP acceptance letters start being msiled??
  • Corinne Franklin

    Corinne Franklin

    04 March 2010 at 08:47 |
    Hi Kadre!

    HEOP acceptance letters will start going out in the next couple of weeks.
  • Pat


    04 March 2010 at 12:05 |
    Have all the merit scholarship letters gone out already?
  • Corinne Franklin

    Corinne Franklin

    04 March 2010 at 14:43 |

    We are currently reviewing and notifying students of eligibility for merit scholarships and expect to have all currently accepted students notified in the next week or so. If you give me your complete name, I can check on your status - Corinne.Franklin@RIT.EDU.
  • Kirsten


    04 March 2010 at 19:04 |
    I got my merit scholarship letter today in the mail, my mother is ecstatic =). Does the amount a student receives for financial aid directly correlated to income on the FAFSA?
  • Brad


    05 March 2010 at 11:46 |
    We filed our FASFA at the last minute Monday... how do we know you received it and that you have everything you need from us?
  • Jason Frankiewicz-Palchak

    Jason Frankiewicz-Palchak

    05 March 2010 at 12:02 |
    Will I be notified either way if I am accepted or not (wait listed)?
  • Kathy


    05 March 2010 at 12:33 |
    Parent worried we will not be able to get enough help to send our daughter to RIT. Waiting to hear about FAFSA. Working on scholarships.
  • Corinne Franklin

    Corinne Franklin

    05 March 2010 at 12:57 |

    Congratulations on your merit scholarship. Your mother should be proud! The amount of need-based aid that you receive is based on all the information reported on the FAFSA. This includes household size, number of family members in college, assets, taxable and untaxed income.

    Let me know if you have any additional questions.

  • Corinne Franklin

    Corinne Franklin

    05 March 2010 at 13:02 |

    After you submitted the FAFSA, you should have received an e-mail confirmation with a Student Aid Report (SAR) attached. Review the SAR to be sure that RIT is listed. If we are listed, we'll receive the information.

    You can also send me an e-mail with your complete name to verify that we have what we need to send a Financial Aid Award. Corinne.Franklin@RIT.EDU.
  • Corinne Franklin

    Corinne Franklin

    05 March 2010 at 13:05 |

    Everybody who applies to RIT receives notification of their status - accepted, not accepted, accepted into another program, wait-listed.

    Hope this helps.
  • Pam


    06 March 2010 at 08:53 |
    When will transfer students be notified? Do you except a certain number of transfer students?
  • jeffrey


    07 March 2010 at 16:28 |
    Mom and I are beside oursevles on pins and needles waiting for acceptance/merit and financial aid awards. How much longer do we have to wait?
  • Corinne Franklin

    Corinne Franklin

    08 March 2010 at 14:00 |

    I know the wait is tough, but bear with us. We're working to get through most of the merit review by the 15th of this month. Then we'll move to sending out need-based financial aid awards. Our goal is to have most 1st year students notified of their merit and need-based awards prior to our first admitted student open house on March 26th.

    I've received a lot of e-mails asking me to confirm receipt of applications. Feel free to provide your full name so that I can confirm that we have everything needed from you Corinne.Franklin@RIT.EDU.

  • Kevin


    09 March 2010 at 19:40 |
    Are merit scholarship letters sent out in separate mailing from the acceptance package?
  • Theresa Carey

    Theresa Carey

    10 March 2010 at 06:16 |
    My son James is a RIT Presidential Scholoarship recipient, his father has only just filed his FAFSA forms this Monday morning. Most of the information he submitted is incorrect. He answered the 'parent' questions about him, not me, and James lives only with me, needless to say my numbers are dramatically different. I am concerned once I correct the FASFA forms tomorrow (they said you cannot make corrections the first three days of processing when I called the 800 number) your office will not see the changes. I have the contact name of Verna Hazen on James' scholarship notification, but there is no email address, is there someone I can talk to dirrectly?
  • Corinne Franklin

    Corinne Franklin

    10 March 2010 at 08:41 |

    Sorry for the late response to your question about transfer award notifications. We plan to start sending Financial aid Awards to admitted Transfer students on April 1st. Your Admissions Application will be considered as long as space is available in your program of interest. Be sure to check the Admissions website and adhere to all deadlines

  • Corinne Franklin

    Corinne Franklin

    10 March 2010 at 08:45 |

    Merit Scholarship Letters are sent separately after Acceptance Letters.

  • Corinne Franklin

    Corinne Franklin

    10 March 2010 at 09:02 |

    Congratulations on James receiving the Presidential Scholarship! If I am looking at the correct student, he is admitted into the College of Engineering. Our Financial Aid Counselors are assigned to individual colleges. James' Financial Aid Counselor is Peter Fagan (Peter.Fagan@RIT.EDU). You can find our contact information at

    If a student's parents are separated or divorced, the parent who completes the FAFSA is the parent who provides more than 50% support for the student. If that parent is remarried, both the parent and the stepparent must provide their financial information on the FAFSA.

    I'll make a note on James' record indicating that a revised FAFSA will be coming in. We'll wait for your information to be provided before we calculate a financial aid award. In the meantime, feel free to contact Pete.

  • Theresa Carey

    Theresa Carey

    10 March 2010 at 10:25 |
  • Mark


    10 March 2010 at 14:01 |
    This is very helpful information. Thanks!
  • monique


    19 March 2010 at 17:13 |
    hi--my son has been admitted as a freshman to the comp sci program. is there a link to fin aid award letters posted online, or do they only get mailed? thanks! monique
  • Corinne Franklin

    Corinne Franklin

    22 March 2010 at 05:59 |
    Hi Monique!

    Congratulations on your son's acceptance to RIT! Financial aid awards are mailed home. At the same time the awards are mailed home, they are available to view on-line for students who have submitted an admission deposit and who have set up their RIT accounts.
  • John


    22 March 2010 at 10:33 |

    Where can we go online to see the awards?

  • Corinne Franklin

    Corinne Franklin

    23 March 2010 at 15:26 |
    Hi John,

    Three things need to happen before you can view your financial aid award on-line:

    1) You received a paper award letter
    2) You submitted your $300 Admissions deposit
    3) You activated your RIT account

    After all of the above, you can go to After you log in, click on the "Financial" tab at the top of the page. You will then see "Financial Aid Self Service" on the right.

    Hope this helps!
  • John Cicolella

    John Cicolella

    23 March 2010 at 21:33 |
    Thanks for the response.

    I have submitted my deposit/activated my account. Since I was accepted through Early Decision, I got all of that out of the way back in December. I have not received an award letter yet, though. On the Financial Aid Self Service page, it shows that you've received my FAFSA, but below that link, it says to complete the "RIT Financial Aid Application." I'm not sure what this is. I don't know what to fill in for the Enrollment Plans section of this form.

    If I have to fill that out, I will as soon as possible. I was hoping to get the letter before the open house this Friday.

  • Corinne Franklin

    Corinne Franklin

    24 March 2010 at 18:02 |

    The RIT Financial Aid Application is NOT required for new students. We do require this for our returning students. As long as we have the FAFSA, we'll send the Financial Aid Award.

    If the information you reported on the ED Financial Aid Application is similar to what you reported on the FAFSA you can estimate that the award will not change.

    We're working to get awards out. You should hear something shortly.
  • John Cicolella

    John Cicolella

    24 March 2010 at 18:25 |
    Thanks for clearing that up!
  • Tyler Schu8ster

    Tyler Schu8ster

    02 April 2010 at 00:32 |
    My problem is this i want to reserve my spot now so that i don't get over taken by other students in my major but my finachial possition requires me to recieve all of my Financial Aid now. when is the soonest i can recieve this information

    Thank you
    Tyler Schuster
  • Corinne Franklin

    Corinne Franklin

    02 April 2010 at 07:00 |
    Hi Tyler,

    Once you are admitted to RIT, your spot in the class is confirmed until May 1st. If you don't submit your admission deposit by May 1st, you may risk losing your spot. So, you're OK until May 1st.

    Your Financial Aid Award was mailed out on March 31st. You should receive it shortly.

    Hope this helps!
  •  Ganesan


    16 April 2010 at 05:05 |
    My son has been admitted as a freshman to the undeclared business program as an international student. is there a link to fin aid award letters posted online, or do they only get mailed? thanks!
    We have just paid the acceptance deposit. Though we received the admit letter in Jan 2010 itself we have not yet heard anything on the financial aid. Could you pl help?
  • Corinne Franklin

    Corinne Franklin

    16 April 2010 at 11:55 |

    Merit scholarships for international students are awarded soon after students are admitted by admissions. If your son was awarded a merit scholarship, he would have received the notification in the mail. You can find information on financial assistance for international students at

    Hope this helps!
  • Ganesan


    17 April 2010 at 04:36 |
    Thanks for the info. He has not yet heard anything on any scholarship or need based financial aid though he has submitted a document for the financial details for aid for international students. Does it mean that he has not been given any of the above? Is there a way to get the exact detail pls? Thanks again in anticipation.
  • Corinne Franklin

    Corinne Franklin

    17 April 2010 at 11:30 |

    Send me an e-mail (Corinne.Franklin@RIT.EDU) with your son's full name and I"ll check on his status.

  • Valavan Veeramani

    Valavan Veeramani

    13 March 2013 at 20:55 |
    I was accepted weeks ago but I don't know my scholarship amount. I have also sent you an email. Can I know my status on the Scholarship? I am an International Student.

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