RIT's Early Decision Policy
The college admissions process can be very confusing with a variety of application plans available at colleges across the country. Frequently, school counselors, students and parents raise concerns about the implications of the "binding" admission requirements that many private colleges offer. One of the first and most important things to know about these Early Decision plans is that they often differ in practice by institution. The Early Decision plans at RIT is one that is used each year by hundreds of freshman applicants.
Admitted Early Decision applicants will automatically be reviewed for merit-based scholarships and those who file a FAFSA, will be reviewed for need-based financial aid prior to the enrollment deposit deadline. Once you decide to accept RIT’s offer of admission, you should submit your $500 enrollment deposit on or before the deadline to confirm your intention to enroll. At this time, you will be expected to withdraw your applications with all other colleges/universities.
Families are encouraged to work with their assigned Financial Aid Counselor to assist them through the financial aid process. If the Early Decision applicant's family determines that RIT is not an affordable choice, they should contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office so the student may be released from the Early Decision plan.
If you are not accepted through Early Decision, in most cases, you will be asked to submit mid-year senior grades and will be reviewed a second time with applicants in the Regular Decision plan. Early Decision applicants who are accepted to an alternate (second or third-choice) program of study may request to be released from the conditions of Early Decision.
If you have any questions regarding RIT's Early Decision plans, please contact us at (585) 475-6700, toll free in the U.S. and Canada at 866-644-6843, by videophone at 585-743-1366. or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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