Applying for Aid | International Students

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International Aid for Undergraduate Students


Offer based on your academic merit. You are automatically considered for scholarships just by applying for admission

RIT does not offer full-cost or full-tuition scholarships. The typical maximum scholarship amount is $20,000 per year.


Offer based on your financial need. To be eligible for need-based grants, you must fill out one of the applications below and upload it to your RIT admissions portal.

Student Employment

All RIT students are eligible to work as student employees to earn money for personal expenses. RIT Employment offers designate the total amount of money you may earn per semester.

Learn more about student employment

RIT Undergraduate Application Preferred Filing Dates

For First-Year Students

Early Decision I

November 1

Financial aid offer notification begins mid-December

Early Decision II

January 1

Financial aid offer notification begins mid-January

Regular Decision

January 15 [Fall]
November 1 [Spring]

Fall financial aid offer notification begins mid-March. Spring notification is rolling.

For Transfer Students


February 1

Financial aid offer notification begins March 1


November 1

Financial aid offer notification is rolling

Combined Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Degrees

RIT’s Combined Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Degrees are for our most highly focused, goal-oriented students. These pathways enable you to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in less time through the double counting of credits, or specified graduate course waivers.

Your financial aid will change over the course of a Combined Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Degree program. When you are enrolled as an undergraduate student, you will be billed undergraduate tuition and fees rates, and receive undergraduate financial aid. Once you advance to graduate status, your tuition, fees, and financial aid switch to graduate tuition and aid and your undergraduate financial aid will no longer apply. 

You can view more details about the change in financial aid for a specific program:

International Aid for Graduate Students

A combination of sources can help fund your RIT graduate degree. Review all the sources of funding available to graduate students.


RIT Scholarships

Offer based on your academic merit. You are automatically considered just by applying for admission.

RIT does not offer full-cost or full-tuition scholarships. The typical maximum scholarship for students pursuing master's degrees is 30% tuition.

Outside Scholarships

Outside Scholarships are offered 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 offer are necessary.


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.

Alternative Educational Loans

Alternative educational loans are private loans offered through banks to supplement financial aid offers. 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 cosigner in order to apply for an alternative student loan. Carefully review all financing options prior to considering this type of loan.

Learn more and find an alternative educational loan lender

You can conduct an independent search for lenders that fit your needs as well as investigate loan options in your home country. Start by researching lenders based in your region or home country who offer alternative educational loans. External websites that you may find useful include the EduPass and International Education Financial Aid (IEFA).

Contact Us

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 emailing

For detailed questions about your specific situation, we recommend scheduling an appointment.

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

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

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