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.
RIT Graduate Assistantships are offered to full-time matriculated graduate students to serve as teaching, research, or administrative assistants. Graduate assistants receive wages (determined by the department making the appointment) in exchange for work performed. Many graduate assistants also receive tuition remission (i.e. tuition support) in addition to receiving wages for assistantship duties.
Contact your graduate program coordinator to discuss what Teaching and Research Assistantship opportunities are available.
If you are interested in pursuing an Administrative Assistantship, it is likely you will need to conduct your own search for offices on campus that have such opportunities. We recommend that you contact Residential Life and the Student Employment Office to assist you with your search.
There are a variety of on-campus opportunities for RIT students. The hourly rate of pay is dependent upon the skill or experience required for the job. Student employees are paid biweekly and these earnings are taxable. You do not need an offer of Student Employment on your Financial Aid Award notification to be able to work at RIT; however you must meet employment requirements. For more details on student employment opportunities, go to rit.edu/seo.
Federal Student Loan Eligibility
Money awarded to you by the Federal government may include Federal Loans and/or Federal Work Study.
To apply for a federal student loan, you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). RIT’s FAFSA school code is 002806. You will receive a financial aid award notification that will detail how much federal loan funding you may borrow.
As a graduate student, you can borrow up to $20,500 each year in Direct Unsubsidized Loans. Direct Graduate PLUS Loans can also be used for the remainder of your college costs not covered by other financial aid. The Direct Graduate PLUS Loan requires a separate application available through studentaid.gov.
Before your federal loan(s) can disburse, you will be required to complete Entrance Counseling, a tool to ensure you understand your obligation to repay the loan; and sign a Master Promissory Note, agreeing to the terms.
Federal student loans can be used for living expenses as well as for books and educational-related supplies, in addition to tuition.
You can choose how much loan funding you would like to accept. You are not required to take out all of the loans that are awarded to you.
Discover the aid opportunities available to international students studying at RIT.
Vocational Rehabilitation Assistance (also known in some states as ACCES-VR, DVR, MRC, OVR, and VR) is provided by state agencies to residents who meet specific requirements due to physical limitations or intellectual disabilities. Contact the Vocational Rehabilitation Office near your home to qualify for VR support.
Outside Scholarships and Employer Tuition Waivers are awarded by private (non- RIT) organizations. We encourage all students to apply for outside scholarships since these are an excellent source of funding and may reduce the need to borrow loans. If you are receiving a scholarship or tuition waiver from an outside source, regulations require that you notify the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. In many cases, no adjustments to a student’s financial aid award are necessary.
Alternative (Non-Federal) Loans
Alternative educational loans are private (non-federal) loans offered through banks to supplement financial aid awards. You may borrow through any lender of your choice as RIT does not maintain a preferred lender list.
Carefully review all financing options prior to considering this type of loan. If you qualify for federal loan(s), be sure to use these loan options first (Direct Subsidized/ Unsubsidized and Direct PLUS/Graduate PLUS loans).
As a student enrolled in a BS/MS or BS/ME program, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will amend your financial aid accordingly after we have been notified by the Office of the Registrar that you have advanced to year level 6 (graduate level).
For those students who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), if you plan on advancing to the graduate level within your BS/MS program in an upcoming summer or fall semester (check with your academic department), you can report on the FAFSA that you are a graduate student and answer “Yes” to the question “Will you be working on a master’s or doctorate program?” You will not need to report your parental information on the FAFSA.
If you don’t plan on advancing to the graduate level until spring semester, we recommend that you continue to report on your FAFSA that you are an undergraduate student and that you answer “No” to the question “Will you be working on a master’s or doctorate program?” You should also continue to report your parental information on the FAFSA unless you can be classified as an independent student for reasons other than working on an advanced degree.
Don’t worry if you make a mistake reporting your student status on the FAFSA. Often we can make the correction on your behalf once your FAFSA data has been received. We will notify you if you are required to make any additional updates to your FAFSA such as adding parental information.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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