Applying for Aid | Transfer Students
Applying for Aid
Transferring to RIT is an exciting step in your higher education. Aid can help you make it possible.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
- Apply for admission. You will be automatically considered for most RIT Aid.
- Apply for Federal Aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and using RIT’s school code 002806.
- State Aid may be available from the state you reside in. The process varies state-to-state and requires separate application.
- Outside Aid Sources are available depending on your financial need. You may be eligible for additional scholarships or you may choose to take out alternative educational loans.
- Get detailed aid information if you are an International Student, Accepted Undergraduate Student, NTID-Supported Student, or a Veteran/ROTC/Military Family.
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RIT Application and FAFSA Preferred Filing Dates
Financial aid offer notification begins March 1.
Financial aid offer notification is rolling.
Money offered to you by the university. May come in the form of RIT Scholarships, RIT Grants, and/or RIT Student Employment.
Offer based on your academic and/or extracurricular merit. You are automatically considered for most RIT Scholarships just by applying for admission to RIT.
The RIT Performing Arts Scholarship requires a separate application.
Offer based on your financial need. This is determined by the results of your FAFSA. This is one reason we recommend all students apply for Federal Aid. RIT does not use the CSS Profile for U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens, but it is accepted for international students applying for aid.
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.
Money offered to you by the Federal government. May come in the form of Federal Grants, Federal Loans, and/or Federal Work Study.
You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive Federal Aid. RIT’s FAFSA school code is 002806.
We recommend all students file the FAFSA, regardless of family income or estimated family contribution.
Offered to you based on your financial need. You will not have to pay this money back.
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.
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 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).
Contact the state education department where you reside for information about eligibility.
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.
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.
If you have questions at any point in the process, we’re here to help.
For general questions about your specific situation, we recommend that you email email@example.com.
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
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Rochester, NY 14623-5604
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