Congratulations, future tiger! Now that you’ve been admitted, learn how to enroll and accept your financial aid.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
If you filed a FAFSA, review your financial aid award letter in your RIT Application Portal to see the full amount of aid you’ve been offered. This may include scholarships, grants, loans and/or student employment.
Go to the What's Next for Accepted Students page. You will find instructions on how to activate your RIT computer account and access eServices to finalize the financial aid process. For example, you do not have to accept scholarships or grants but will need determine if you want to accept other aid such as loan(s) and student employment.
Access eServices with your RIT computer account to finish the financial aid process. There may be a few final steps you need to take. Then choose which aid (loans and student employment) you would like to accept. You are not required to accept the full amount of loan funding that you’ve been offered. You do not have to accept scholarships and grants.
RIT's financial aid office has been so helpful during my time as an undergraduate student on campus. They have been very accessible and readily available to work with me to help make the university affordable. While applying to colleges they were the best office to work with and get assistance from. That experience overall helped me make my decision to attend RIT - the best one I have made yet.
- Bridget D.
Management Information Systems Major
Financial Aid Award Letter
What is the award letter?
Your award letter lists scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment you have been awarded by RIT. RIT Grants and federal aid are determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that you submitted.
Undergraduate New York State residents may also see an estimated NYS TAP grant award. Apply at hesc.ny.gov if you have not already done so.
Under Status Update you will be able to review your award letter.
If you have been accepted, but do not see your award letter in your application portal, it may mean that you did not include RIT as one of the schools to receive your FAFSA information.
To add RIT after you have already submitted your FAFSA, you will need to log-in to the FAFSA form. Then select “Make FAFSA Corrections,” and navigate to the “School Selection” page. Add RIT school code 002806. Contact us if you have questions.
Enroll at RIT
Accept your offer of admission and be on to something amazing
Undergraduate Deposit Deadlines
Early Decision I - Jan. 15
Early Decision II - Feb. 15
Fall Regular Decision - May 1
Spring Regular Decision - Rolling
Once you’ve enrolled at RIT by paying your deposit and it has posted to your account, an account activation email will be sent within 1-2 business days to the email address supplied on your admissions application. Use this link to activate your RIT computer account, which also activates your RIT student Gmail account. At this time your RIT student Gmail account will become your preferred email address in our system. You should check this account on a regular basis.
Your new RIT email will be used to log in to eServices, our self-service portal for current students.
Then go to “My Summary” and check for any Additional Requirements you may need to complete
You are also required to report any outside awards (scholarships, vocational rehabilitation support, employer tuition support, veterans benefits, etc.) to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. This can be done by logging into eServices and going to the “Report Other Aid” section under “Financial Aid & Scholarships”.
Federal regulations require that outside awards be taken into consideration when determining your overall aid eligibility. You will be notified if your financial aid awards are amended due to any outside awards that you qualify to receive.
Accepting Your Aid
You’re almost done! The last step is to accept your financial aid for this school year. You can choose which aid you would like to accept (for example, you may decide to accept only a portion of the federal loans that were awarded to you). You are not required to accept the full amount of aid you’ve been awarded.
Accept, Decline, or Reduce federal loan and/or student employment awards that have been offered to you.
“Accept” your financial aid award.
Complete the “Title IV Authorization” requirement (“My Summary” > “Additional Requirements”) if you have been awarded federal grants and/or federal loans.
Complete any outstanding items in the “Additional Requirements” section.
If accepting federal loans, complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling requirements at studentloans.gov.
You did it!
Now you’re onto something amazing at RIT.
Financial Aid Checklist
For New Students Enrolled at RIT
To ensure the financial aid that has been awarded to you disburses accurately and on time, please review the following Financial Aid Checklist before arriving on campus.
If you need to submit documents to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, please use our secure Secure File Upload. If you require any additional assistance with your financial aid awards, please contact us.
Review your financial aid award by logging into RIT eServices. In the Financial Aid & Scholarships section of eServices, go to My Summary. Review all items that require any action to be taken by you.
If you filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you can accept, decline, or reduce the federal loan funding that has been awarded to you.
If you have been awarded federal grants such as the Pell Grant and the SEOG Grant and/or federal loans, complete the required Title IV Authorization. This can be completed in eServices under the Financial Aid & Scholarships section by selecting My Summary and then Additional Requirements.
If “Estimated NYS TAP Award” is listed on your Financial Aid Award letter and you did not submit an application at the time of filing, apply for it now at TAPweb.org.
If “Estimated Voc Rehab” is listed on your Financial Aid Award letter, contact the Vocational Rehabilitation Office near your home to apply for VR support. View the state-by-state directory for more information.
Report to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships any outside awards or educational benefits/assistance not listed on your award letter. This can be completed in eServices under the Financial Aid & Scholarships section by selecting the Report Other Aid option.
If you have questions at any point in the process, we’re here to help.
For general questions about the financial aid process, we recommend our live chat.
For general questions about your specific situation, we recommend that you email email@example.com.
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. Live chat is reserved only for general non-student specific information.
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
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56 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY 14623-5604