Applying for Aid | Current Students

As a current RIT student, there are a few steps to take advantage of all aid opportunities for the upcoming year.

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FAFSA Preferred Filing Date for All Current Students

April 1

Financial aid award notification begins mid-May.

FAFSA

State Aid and Outside Aid Sources may have their own deadlines that vary.


Current Undergraduate Students

How to Renew Aid

  1. Re-apply for Federal Student Aid and Federal Loans every year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and using RIT’s school code 002806.
  2. You will be automatically reconsidered for most RIT Aid (including RIT grants and scholarships) when you re-enroll for the upcoming year. A FAFSA must be filled for the renewal of RIT Grants and other need-based funding.
  3. Additional Aid may be available from your state of residence or other outside sources. If you have previously received Additional Aid, you may need to re-apply. Processes will vary.
  4. Get detailed aid information if you are an International Student, NTID-Supported Student, or a Veteran/ROTC/Military Family.

RIT Aid for Undergraduates

RIT Scholarships

You will be automatically reconsidered for most RIT Scholarships.

If you are eligible, the RIT Performing Arts Scholarship and the RIT FIRST Robotics Scholarship require separate applications if you have not previously applied.

RIT Grants

Determined by the results of your FAFSA for the upcoming year. If you have previously received an RIT Grant, you will still need to re-submit the FAFSA for the upcoming year.

RIT Student Employment

If you worked as a Student Employee previously, you will need to be re-hired to keep your position in the upcoming year. Talk to your supervisor about steps to take to be re-hired. If you have not been re-hired or are interested in a different position, visit the Student Employment Office website for assistance.

Current Graduate Students

How to Renew Aid

  1. Re-apply for Federal Student Loans every year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and using RIT’s school code 002806.
  2. If you file the FAFSA, you will also need to submit the RIT Application to report your enrollment plans and other vital information before we can award your federal loan funding for the upcoming year. You can complete the RIT Application by logging on to your account in eServices and finding the form under the Financial Aid & Scholarships (My Summary) section.
  3. Our office will be notified by your academic department whether to renew your graduate scholarship and/or tuition remission funding for the upcoming year. Contact your graduate program coordinator if you have any questions pertaining the renewal criteria for your scholarships and/or tuition remission funding. Students in Accelerated Degree programs (BS/ MS and BS/ME) will have their aid renewed upon confirmation of their enrollment for the upcoming term.
  4. Additional Aid may be available from your state of residence or other outside sources. If you have previously received Additional Aid, you may need to re-apply. Processes will vary.
  5. Get detailed aid information if you are an International Student, NTID-Supported Student, or a Veteran/ROTC/Military Family.

Federal Student Loan Eligibility

The most crucial step in the financial aid process as a current student is to re-apply for Federal Aid every year with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). RIT’s FAFSA school code is 002806.

We strongly recommend all students file the FAFSA every year, regardless of family income or estimated family contribution. If you do not file a new FAFSA, you will not be eligible to receive Federal Aid for the upcoming year.

Undergraduate Federal Grants and Loans

Graduate Federal Loans

How to file FAFSA.

Meeting Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

SAP measures your semester GPA, cumulative GPA, and progress toward your degree. You must meet the minimum requirements in order to remain eligible for some Federal Aid programs.

SAP for Undergraduate Students

SAP for Graduate Students

Additional Aid

State Grants

You may be eligible for additional scholarships and grants from your state of residence. If you have previously received State Aid, you may need to re-apply. This will vary state-to-state.

New York State Higher Education Services Corporation website

Out-of-State Resources

Outside Sources

There are even more scholarship opportunities from outside sources. If you’ve previously received outside scholarship(s), you may need to re-apply. Check with your provider(s) to take the necessary steps to receive aid for the upcoming year.
See scholarship resource list

Depending on your financial need, you may elect to take out loans from an outside source. If you have already taken out private loans and need to adjust the amount for the upcoming year, talk to your provider. Additional details about private loans and a list of common lenders

 We always recommend filing the FAFSA first. Federal loans typically have lower interest rates than outside sources.

Summer Term

Financial aid is available for students enrolled during Summer term, just like Fall and Spring terms. Summer term marks the beginning of a new financial aid year (unlike the academic year, which ends with summer).

To determine what Summer Term Aid you may be eligible for, fill out the FAFSA for the upcoming year and enroll in the courses you are planning to complete.

Learn more about summer term

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Study Abroad

Want to study abroad but have concerns about the expense? You may qualify for aid to help you make it possible.

Learn More about study abroad

Graduation

Five RIT students throwing their caps in the air after graduation.

When your time at RIT is coming to an end, it’s important to make a plan for your finances.

If you have any Federal Loans, you will need to:

  • Complete Federal Loan Exit Counseling through your eServices portal
  • Choose a Loan Repayment Plan by contacting your federal student loan servicer. If you are unaware of who your student loan servicer is, you can log on to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) by using your FSA ID (the same one you use to file a FAFSA) to look up the name and contact information of your servicer.

NSLDS will not have any information pertaining to alternative (non-federal) student loans. If you borrowed from a private lender, you will need to contact them directly to confirm your repayment schedule. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships may be able to assist you if you cannot recall who your private lender is.

We also recommend utilizing our Money Matter$ Financial Literacy resources to learn financial skills to help you create a budget, manage your personal finances, and understand how loan interest accrues.

Leave of Absense / Institute Withdrawal

If you are taking a leave of absence or withdrawing from RIT, we strongly encourage you to contact your financial aid counselor to discuss the implications to your financial aid awards based on your last date of academic-related activity.

Learn more

Forms and Resources

We’ve collected the forms you may need to submit when applying for financial aid. All forms require at least one signature. Digital and electronic signatures are not acceptable.

To view forms, we recommend you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader (you can download it for free).

The best way to submit forms is through our secure file upload, which protects your privacy and confidential information. We do not accept any forms or documentation via email.

Forms may also be mailed to our office. Find our address in the Contact section.

Additional resources are available if you need help determining your financial need, understanding financial aid terms, and more.

Financial Aid Forms Secure File Upload

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If you have questions at any point in the process, we’re here to help.


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


Email
For general questions about your specific situation, we recommend that you email ritaid@rit.edu.


Call
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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