A combination of sources can help fund your RIT graduate degree. Review all the sources of funding available to graduate students.
Awarded 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 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.
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.
Alternative educational loans are private 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 cosigner in order to apply for an alternative student loan. Carefully review all financing options prior to considering this type of loan.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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