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Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Need-Based Grants

Need-Based Grants Eligibility Amount Where to Apply
RIT Grants Students demonstrating financial need. Amounts vary up to $16,000 per year for full-time study. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 for priority consideration.
RIT RCSD Scholarship Initiative Awarded to qualified freshman graduates of the Rochester City School District who have both lived in the city and attended an approved high school within the RCSD for the last three years of high school. Full tuition through a combination of RIT scholarships and state and federal need-based grants. Must apply for admission to RIT by February 1 and be certified by the high school guidance office to be considered.
Say Yes to Education Scholarships In partnership with Say YES to Education, awarded to qualified graduates of the Syracuse and Buffalo City School Districts. Recipients are participants in the Say Yes to Education program. Full tuition through a combination of the RIT scholarships and state and federal need-based grants. Must apply for admission to RIT by February 1 and be certified by Say Yes to be considered.
Tuition Assistance
Program (New York State)
Full-time students who are New York
state residents and meet state income guidelines.
$500 to $5,000 per year for entering
freshmen. Transfer students’ maximum varies.
File New York State TAP Application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Federal Pell Grant Students who are pursuing their first
bachelor’s degree and meet need criteria.
$605 to $5,645 per year.
Prorated for part-time study.
File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Students with high financial need (normally those who qualify for Federal Pell Grant). $100 to $4,000 per year. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
NYS Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) Economically and academically disadvantaged residents of New York state. Varies according to need and
New York state funding.
Contact HEOP Director at RIT
(585) 475-2506 for eligibility guidelines.
Other State Grants Varies. Amounts vary. State education dept. in VT, RI, PA, D.C.

Notes:
• This chart covers the most commonly awarded financial aid programs available to full-time deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduate students at RIT. Information is correct as of June 2014.
• Most programs require satisfactory progress toward degree completion to maintain eligibility (see RIT Undergraduate Bulletin).
• Filing the FAFSA by March 1, 2015 (March 15 for transfer applicants), will ensure priority consideration for all programs. Applications filed after this date will receive consideration as long as funds remain available.
• Merit scholarships provided to deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in RIT baccalaureate programs are prorated to reflect lower tuition rates for those students.