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

Incoming freshmen and transfer students need only to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for financial aid resources. RIT has chosen not to use the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid Profile Form used by some universities to process financial aid awards. Using the FAFSA will allow you to apply for financial aid with no processing fee, and will allow us to process your financial aid information more quickly.

Filing your FAFSA is the most important step in the financial aid process. By submitting your FAFSA, you will automatically be considered for all federal and institutional aid programs. You may file this form electronically at The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet is a tool provided by the U.S. Department of Education to help students organize information required to complete the FAFSA. The information you provide will be used to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is used to determine your eligibility for federal student aid. After you file your FAFSA, the federal processor will send your information to all colleges that you have listed. The federal school code for Rochester Institute of Technology is 002806.


Please note that in order to be eligible to receive federal student aid, you must meet all of the following criteria:

Application Priority Dates

Filing your FAFSA by the application priority date will allow us to provide you with a financial aid award when award notifications begin. While not required, families should make every effort to complete their federal tax returns prior to filing their financial aid applications since this will simplify the process. If families are unable to complete their tax returns prior to filing, estimated figures can be used; although, families should make any appropriate adjustments if the income information is different.


Go to Step 3—The Student Aid Report (SAR)