Applying for Aid | Transfer Students

2024-2025 FAFSA® Update

Families should complete RIT's Financial Aid Application and the FAFSA as soon as possible. We have begun sending financial aid estimates to accepted students who have completed RIT’s Financial Aid Application. Confirmed financial aid offers, based on FAFSA data sent from the U.S. Department of Education, are expected to be sent in mid-April at the earliest. We will continue to monitor FAFSA changes and provide updates to families.

Learn more about RIT's Financial Aid Application

Rest assured, despite the challenges of the FAFSA roll-out, RIT is ready and we’re here to help each step of the way.

Transferring to RIT is an exciting step in your higher education. Aid can help you make it possible.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

  1. Learn how to apply for admission. Deaf and hard-of-hearing students and NTID-supported students can learn more about how to apply to RIT/NTID.  All applicants will be automatically considered for most RIT and RIT/NTID Scholarships.
  2. U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens may apply for Federal Aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and using RIT’s school code 002806. Applicants in this group will also need to complete RIT's Financial Aid Application. International students may apply for need-based aid from RIT.
  3. State Aid may be available from the state you reside in. The process varies state-to-state and requires a separate application.
  4. Get additional aid information if you are an NTID-Supported student receiving Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), an ROTC Student, or a Veteran/Military Family.
  5. Outside Aid Sources (non-RIT) are available to U.S. citizens, eligible non-citizens, and international students alike depending on your financial need. You may be eligible for additional scholarships or you may choose to take out alternative educational loans.

Contact us if you have questions or need help.

Contact Us about aid

FAFSA Priority Filing Dates

As Soon As Possible
Recommended deadline for filing the 2024-25 FAFSA

As Soon As Possible
Recommended deadline for filing RIT's Financial Aid Application

mid-March 2024
Financial aid notification begins

Submit the 2023-24 FAFSA by November 1, 2024

Financial aid offer notification is rolling.

State Aid and Outside Aid Sources may have their own deadlines that vary.

RIT and RIT/NTID Aid

Money offered to you by RIT or RIT/NTID. May come in the form of scholarships, grants, and/or student employment.

Scholarships

Offer based on your academic and/or extracurricular merit. You are automatically considered for most RIT and RIT/NTID Scholarships just by applying for admission. The RIT Performing Arts Scholarship requires a separate application.

Scholarships for RIT Students
Scholarships for NTID-Supported Students

Grants

Grants are need-based aid that you do not have to repay.

  • For U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens, any need-based aid your receive is determined by your FAFSA results. This is one reason we recommend all FAFSA eligible students apply for Federal Aid. RIT does not use the CSS Profile for U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens.
  • International students applying for need-based aid can fill out one of three aid applications. Learn more about need-based grants for international students

Student Employment

All RIT students are eligible to work as student employees. RIT employment offers indicate the total amount of money you may earn per semester. Students can use the RIT Job Search to find on-campus jobs and apply.

Federal Aid

Money offered to U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens by the Federal government. International students are not eligible for federal student aid.

Federal aid may include Federal Grants, Federal Loans, and/or Federal Work Study. Qualified students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive Federal Aid. RIT’s FAFSA school code is 002806.

Transfer applicants should complete RIT's Financial Aid Application in addition to the FAFSA. Despite delays from the U.S. Department of Education in distributing FAFSA data to colleges, RIT is providing a way for families to receive a financial aid estimate in time to make their college decisions. Learn more about RIT's Financial Aid Application

We recommend all FAFSA-eligible students file the FAFSA, as there is no maximum income cap that determines a student's eligibility for aid.

FAFSA®: Getting Started 2022-23.

Federal Grants

Offered to you based on your financial need. You will not have to pay this money back.

Federal Loans

Loans allow you and/or your parents to postpone paying a portion of your educational costs until after you graduate (or drop below half-time enrollment).

You can choose which loans to accept, and you are not required to take out all of the loans offered.

Federal Work Study

Work Study is a form of Student Employment. Work Study is offered based on your financial need, as determined by the FAFSA. Work Study offers indicate the total amount of money you may earn for personal expenses each semester. Students can use the RIT Job Search to find on-campus jobs and apply.

State Aid

State Aid opportunities, their application processes, and deadlines will vary from state-to-state. There may be Scholarships and/or Grants available from the state you reside in.

New York State Residents

Visit the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation website. There are a variety of aid opportunities available for New York state residents, including the Express Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

Out-of-State Residents

Contact the state education department where you reside for information about eligibility.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Assistance

VR (also known in some states as ACCES-VR, DVR, MRC, and OVR) is provided by state agencies to residents who meet specific requirements. If you appear to be a candidate for support we will estimate the amount of VR support in your financial aid offer. There is no national standard for determining VR support. Each state agency has its own method for determining awards. Contact the VR Office nearest your home, using this state-by-state directory, for more information. If the actual amount of support you receive is different from the estimated amount on your financial aid offer please provide us with confirmation from your VR counselor. You may provide the Confirmation of VR Support form to your VR counselor and return it to us via our secure file uploader.

Outside Aid Sources

Depending on your financial need, you may want to explore Outside Aid Sources. You may be eligible for additional scholarships or loans from outside institutions and banks to assist you in affording your education.

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 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.

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.

 We always recommend filing the FAFSA first. Federal loans typically have lower interest rates than outside sources.

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:

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.

Financial Aid Forms Secure File Upload

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 that you email ritaid@rit.edu.


Call
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.

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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Office Hours

8:30am - 4:30pm
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ritaid@rit.edu
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