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Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Incoming Undergraduate Students

Step 1--Determining EligibilityStep 2--FAFSAStep 3--SARStep 4--TAPStep 5--What's Next?Step 6--Award Checklist

Step 1—Determining Your Financial Aid Eligibility

At RIT, we believe that the primary responsibility for funding the cost of higher education belongs with the student and (in the case of dependent students) with the student’s family. Many of the aid programs administered by RIT’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships require that the student show need for assistance beyond whatever financial contribution can be reasonably expected from the student and his or her family.

Your eligibility for these aid programs is based on the difference between the estimated costs associated with attending RIT and your family contribution. Estimated costs include amounts you will require for tuition, student fees, loan origination fees, room, board, books, supplies, transportation, and personal expenses. Your family contribution is the amount you and your parents (if you are dependent) can reasonably be expected to contribute towards meeting those costs. The specific combination of federal, state, and RIT-sponsored financial aid programs on your award letter is based on your financial need and the availability of funds.

Go to Step 2—Filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)