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Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Scholarships & Grants

RIT Institutional Programs

RIT Undergraduate Grants/Scholarships

The Undergraduate Admissions Office and the Scholarship Selection Committee will automatically review your admission application for merit-based scholarship programs. If eligible, you will receive a notification letter from the Scholarship Selection Committee. The award will also be listed on your RIT financial aid award. Students qualifying for an additional RIT merit scholarship will automatically be awarded the scholarship with the highest amount. For a comprehensive overview of RIT academic and merit scholarships, please refer to RIT Merit Scholarships.

By filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), your application will automatically be considered for all institutional need-based grant and scholarship programs. If eligible, awards will be listed on your RIT financial aid award letter. For an overview of RIT need-based grant programs, please refer to Need-Based Grants.

For an overview of all undergraduate grants and scholarships, please refer to RIT Undergraduate Bulletin.

NTID Undergraduate Grants/Scholarships

The NTID Office of Undergraduate Admissions Office and the NTID Committee on Academic Excellence will automatically review your admission application for merit-based scholarship programs. If eligible, you will receive a notification letter from the Scholarship Committee. The award will also be listed on your RIT/NTID financial aid award.  For a comprehensive overview of RIT academic and merit scholarships, please refer to RIT/NTID Merit Scholarships.

By filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), your application will automatically be considered for all institutional need-based grant and scholarship programs. If eligible, awards will be listed on your RIT financial aid award letter. For an overview of RIT need-based grant programs, please refer to RIT/NTID Need-Based Grants.

For an overview of all undergraduate grants and scholarships, please refer to RIT Undergraduate Bulletin.


RIT Graduate Scholarships & Assistantships

Graduate student scholarships and assistantships are awarded, regardless of financial need, to U.S. and international students through academic departments. Students will be considered for graduate scholarships if they check the appropriate box on their graduate admission application. Additional information for International Students and U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents can be found in our Graduate Students section.

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Federal Programs

Federal Grants/Scholarships

By filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), your application will automatically be considered for federal grant programs. If eligible, awards will be listed on your RIT financial aid award letter.

For an overview of federal grant programs, please refer to RIT Undergraduate Bulletin.

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New York State Programs

New York Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and Scholarships are for students meeting residence, income, academic or other requirements, as established by state law. As a result of completing the FAFSA, your information will be forwarded to the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC).

If you have never received a state award, or if NYSHESC needs additional information, you will be sent an Express TAP Application (ETA). Upon completion, you will be notified by NYSHESC of your award.

Although an estimate of your eligibility may be included on your RIT award letter, the state’s notification is your official approved award. If you need to make any corrections, follow the directions on the Change Form provided by NYSHESC.

In addition to New York State TAP, some students may be awarded additional state sponsored awards such as the Academic Excellence Scholarship or the Persian Gulf Benefit. The total of all state awards will be reflected as a TAP grant on your award letter.

For an overview of New York State Financial Aid Programs, please refer to the HESC Grants, Scholarships, and Awards Quick Reference Chart.

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Scholarship Searches

We encourage all current and prospective students to utilize the following links for additional scholarship searches. These search engines are free and reputable sources which provide students an extensive search for national scholarship opportunities. We encourage you to submit your personal data to each applicable search engine in order to maximize your scholarship opportunities. As each website identifies possible matches you will receive an email along with the link to the appropriate scholarship foundation and application. You should review each application carefully to ensure that you meet the scholarship foundation’s criteria.

In addition to these national scholarship search engines, the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships has developed another scholarship search: Outside Scholarship Search.

Links to Scholarship Searches


Scholarships for Families of 9/11 Victims

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