Applying for Aid | International Students

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International Aid for Undergraduate Students

Scholarships

Awarded 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.

Grants

Awarded 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 awards designate the total amount of money you may earn per semester.

Learn more about student employment

RIT Undergraduate Application Preferred Filing Dates

For Freshman Students


Early Decision I

November 1

Financial aid award notification begins mid-December


Early Decision II

January 1

Financial aid award notification begins mid-January


Regular Decision

January 15 [Fall]
November 1 [Spring]

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

For Transfer Students


Fall

February 1

Financial aid award notification begins March 1


Spring

November 1

Financial aid award notification is rolling

International Aid for Graduate Students

Scholarships

Awarded based on your academic merit. You are automatically 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.

Assistantships

Assistantships are student employment opportunities for full-time graduates to gain working experience and earn money for personal expenses. They are made available 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.

There are three primary types of assistantships:

  1. Teaching Assistantships
    Help faculty in classroom settings, mark assignments, offer mentorship to classmates
  2. Research Assistantships
    Help faculty perform research for ongoing projects
  3. Admin Assistantships
    Help faculty with administrative work

If you are awarded an assistantship, you will likely need to conduct your own search for an available position. For more information, please visit the FAQ section of the International Students page.

RIT Graduate Application Preferred Filing Dates


Fall

March 1

Financial aid award notification begins mid-April


Spring

November 1

Financial aid award notification begins late November

Contact Us

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


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


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


Appointment
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

Directions to Admissions and Aid

Financial Aid Counseling Team

Consumer Information

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Office Hours

8:30am - 4:30pm
Monday through Friday

ritaid@rit.edu
p. 585-475-2186

f. 585-475-7270