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 contact to discuss what Teaching and Research Assistantship opportunities are available.
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.
Vocational Rehabilitation Assistance
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 Educational 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. Many lending institutions require students to have a US co-signer in order to apply for an alternative student loan. You can conduct an independent search for lenders that fit your needs.
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).
In our Combined Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Degrees, RIT generally double-counts six to nine credit hours in both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, enabling you to accelerate your studies to complete both degrees faster.
These resources will help you understand how your tuition and aid change from undergraduate to graduate and your responsibilities.
If you have questions at any point in the process, we’re here to help.
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Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
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Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY 14623-5604