Financial Aid

We’re here to support your future success and make a world-class education within reach.

RIT is committed to making education accessible. We want to take the guesswork out of the aid process to help make your experience as smooth as possible. Our Financial Aid office is your partner, and we can work to create a financial plan together. Our goal is to provide assistance that can help you launch the career of your dreams.

2024-2025 FAFSA® Updates

Major changes and improvements were made to the 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. 

Rest assured, despite any lingering challenges with the FAFSA roll-out, RIT is here to help.

Helpful Reminders



of all incoming RIT first-year and transfer students receive aid


is awarded annually in RIT grants and scholarships


is awarded annually to students from all aid sources

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Your Investment

Investing in an RIT education is a decision that can pay off for your future career. We’re recognized and ranked as a Best Value School and a College That Creates Futures.

Tuition and Fees

Get the information you need to apply for financial aid including deadlines, step-by-step instructions, forms, and more by selecting your student type. If financial aid is a new subject for you, review our How Financial Aid Works resource. If you need help or have questions, contact us.

How to Apply for Aid

Get the information you need to apply for financial aid including deadlines, step-by-step instructions, forms, and more by selecting your student type. If financial aid is a new subject for you, review our How Financial Aid Works resource. If you need help or have questions, contact us.

Future Students

Information for those interested in applying to RIT or who have already applied.

Accepted and Current Students

Information for those who have been accepted to RIT or are currently enrolled at RIT.

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FAFSA Priority Filing Dates

November 1

First-Year & Transfer Students
Spring 2024

November 1

Graduate Students
Spring 2024

March 1

First-Year Students
Early Decision I - Fall 2024

March 1

First-Year Students
Early Decision II - Fall 2024

January 15

First-Year Students
Regular Decision - Fall 2024

February 1

Transfer Students
Fall 2024

March 1

Graduate Students
Fall 2024

April 1

Current Students

Scholarships and Military Benefits

Scholarships are awarded based on your academic and/or extracurricular merit. You are automatically considered for most RIT Scholarships just by applying for admission.

There are also several awards you may be eligible for, including the RIT Alumni Referral Award.

RIT Graduate Scholarships are awarded by academic programs in recognition of students’ records of academic excellence. The amount of the award varies by student and department. Scholarships do not include a stipend. These awards carry with them the expectation that students will maintain a minimum academic standard (3.0 cumulative grade point average) and make satisfactory progress toward their degrees.

Students who qualify for a full RIT tuition waiver or full reimbursement from an employer or an outside agency are not eligible for an RIT Graduate Scholarship.

ROTC Scholarships

The Army, Air Force, and Navy each have ROTC programs that offer scholarships to cover some or all of the cost of a student's education. Select a branch to learn more about scholarship offerings.

RIT (ROTC) Room and Board Scholarship

Provided to an incoming first-year or transfer student who was first selected in high school by one of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces as the recipient of a three-year or four-year ROTC Scholarship. These students, commonly referred to as Advanced Designees, must accept the ROTC Scholarship prior to starting college to qualify for the RIT Room and Board Scholarship. The RIT Room and Board Scholarship starts in the Advanced Designee’s first year, whether or not the student is a recipient of a three-year or a four-year ROTC scholarship. The RIT Room and Board Scholarship is renewed for up to four years (eight semesters) assuming the student continues to be eligible for their specific ROTC Scholarship.

Veteran Benefits (GI Bill®, Vocational Rehabilitation, Yellow Ribbon)

Qualified Veterans and dependents generally receive military benefits from the following Chapters: 30, 31, 33 (Post 9/11), 35, or 1606. In addition, RIT offers Yellow Ribbon funding to qualified individuals.

For more information regarding veteran benefits, contact the Office of Veteran Student Success.

Athletic scholarships at RIT are available only for men's and women’s ice hockey.

Under NCAA rules, athletic scholarships are strictly prohibited for Division III athletes; additionally, athletic involvement must not be a consideration for merit scholarships or need-based financial aid.

For more information on athletic scholarships visit RIT Athletics or email Bethany Marren; NCAA Compliance Officer at

Depending on your financial need, you may want to explore outside scholarships. You may be eligible for additional scholarships from outside institutions to assist you in affording your education.

Outside scholarships

Need-Based Grants

Grants are need-based aid that you do not have to repay. Grants are offered based on the results of your FAFSA.


Loans assist in financing your education and are paid back over time after you leave school.

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Student Employment

Many students use on-campus employment to help cover their expenses while completing their degree. RIT has more than 12,000 jobs available each year and students typically work 10 – 20 hours per week.

Federal Work Study and RIT Campus Employment are two types of student employment that may be listed in your financial aid offer.

Learn more about student employment in your aid offer

Billing Resources

The RIT Student Financial Services Office is the central billing service center for tuition, fees, and other charges incurred by students.  Billing inquiries would be addressed to that office by calling (585) 475-6186 or emailing

Co-op Financial Benefits

Our unique Cooperative Education Program (Co-Op) not only complements your academics, but has financial benefits. This full-time, major-specific, paid work experience provides early career exposure that can help you stand out and earn more.

  • $0 tuition while on co-op
  • You may still qualify for federal aid while on co-op
  • Co-op earnings can help you pay for personal expenses or your tuition and fees.

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Featured Events

Attend a virtual event to hear directly from Financial Aid staff regarding the aid application process, accepting your financial aid offer, financial literacy as a college student, and more.

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Financial Aid and Scholarships for RIT Undergraduates

There are no upcoming events at this time, but you can register to view a recording from a past event.

Register for recordings for the virtual financial aid sessions

RIT/NTID Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid webinar for students interested in ASL-English Interpretation:

  • Tue, November 16 | 7 p.m. ET

Register for the RIT/NTID Webinars

Contact Us

Our expert team is here to provide personalized support.

Please use one of the options below to connect with our office. Contacting us through multiple channels with the same question will delay response times. We appreciate your cooperation.

For general questions about the financial aid process, we recommend our live chat.

For general questions about your specific situation, we recommend you email

For detailed questions about your specific situation, we recommend that you call 585-475-2186.

Contacting our office by phone or email allows us to answer specific questions related to a student as long as we are able to affirm the student and the individual requesting information to protect privacy and confidentiality. Chat is reserved for general non-student specific information only.

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Bausch and Lomb Center
56 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY 14623-5604

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Office Hours

8:30am - 4:30pm
Monday - Friday
p. 585-475-2186

f. 585-475-7270