Frequently Asked Questions
NEW! We’re interested! Where can we download a flyer?
Click here to download the EYF 2021 flyer (PDF). Thanks for your interest!
What do I need to bring?
All of the following items are a must for your comfort and well-being!
- Pillow, towel set, extra-long single sheets, and blankets. If you forget to
bring these, there will be a $30 charge to rent them. This may be the
preferred method for students who are flying and don't want to pay extra
- Your own toiletries: soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, band-aids, sun screen/lotion, shampoo, comb, blow dryer, etc.
- Sneakers, jeans, sweatshirts, shorts, t-shirts, underwear, socks, a rain-resistant jacket, walking shoes
- Laundry facilities are available (bring laundry detergent if you plan to wash clothes)
- Spending money for campus bookstore or snacks
What if I need to contact my son/daughter or the EYF Coordinator in an emergency?
For emergencies, please call RIT Public Safety at 585-475-3333.
How do I get from the airport, train or bus station to campus?
- From the airport, train or bus station, shuttle transportation is available directly to RIT for $10 each way. Let us know if your student wants shuttle transportation, and we will make reservations for him or her.
- EYF staff will be at the airport/train station/bus station to greet your child; no matter which mode of transportation and/or arrival time, if we have your information and you requested the shuttle, we will have a staff member there to meet your child.
How about transportation to the program?
You are responsible for arranging transportation to the program. We recommend that if you are flying, you fly into the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC), not to the airport in Buffalo.
Why? Even though the flight to Buffalo may be cheaper, Buffalo is at least an hour away and the ground transportation from there to Rochester actually makes the trip more expensive.
Note: Students departing on Amtrak westbound (toward Chicago) please contact EYF before purchasing tickets.
When does the program end and when is check out?
The program ends on Thursday, the last day of your session. You will need to
check out of the residence hall and return your room key between 10:00
a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (depending on your departure time). If your parents are
attending the Parents Workshop, you cannot leave the program until your
parents sign you out.
When is arrival and check in?
Arrive at room 1300 of the CSD Student Development Center between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm the Saturday your session starts. You can check in there.
If you are unable to arrive within the check in time period, please let us know of your expected arrival time on the Transportation Form. We will have drivers ready for pick up, if shuttle pick up is requested.
Where will I stay? Where do I go to eat?
You and a roommate will share a room on campus in one of the residence halls. This is a great way to get a taste of college living!
The dining hall is nearby and there are vending machines and other places on campus to grab a snack if you get hungry between meals. You won't starve!
When will I know when I am officially accepted?
EYF acceptance is a two-step process. First step is to be accepted into the
program by completing an application, submitting cumulative high school
transcript and most recent audiogram. If you are accepted into the
program, you will receive an official EYF acceptance letter by mail
requesting you to complete registration forms and arranging your travels
to/from Rochester, NY. After completion of all registration form, you will
receive a final registration letter to EYF from RIT/NTID.
How do I apply?
When application materials are available, you will be able to apply online or mail your application to the address we will provide.
Is there any financial aid available?
In some states, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), or a similar office, will pay some or the entire fee. To find out, contact your VR counselor or the state VR office.
There are limited scholarships available based on your financial need. If you would like to apply for one, please make sure to complete the scholarship portion of the payment form.
How do I pay?
If you are accepted, you can pay online with a credit card or by check.
What does the program cost?
The cost is $700 and covers room, board, and all activities—everything but spending money and transportation to our campus. You can pay by check or credit card (VISA and MasterCard).
Program fees will no longer be refundable after June 30, 2022.
When is EYF?
Session I of EYF will be held from July 9 through 14, 2022. Session II of EYF will be held from July 16 through 21, 2022.
What happens at EYF?
Each day, you are in exciting classes doing hands-on activities with a group of 10 – 12 other students and the counselor assigned to your group. There you:
- learn about different careers
- discover what types of careers you are interested in
In the late afternoon and evening, you participate in social activities such as
- going to an amusement park
All the activities are well supervised and allow you to experience EYF to the fullest!
Who is eligible to attend?
You are eligible if:
- You will be a high school junior or senior in fall 2022.
- You are college-bound and in good academic standing.
- You have hearing loss.
- You will be 19 years old or younger on August 1, 2022.
- Qualified students who attended virtual EYF in 2021 are still eligible to
attend EYF 2022
What is the Explore Your Future (EYF) program?
EYF is a six-day summer career exploration program that offers college-bound hard-of-hearing and deaf high school sophomores and juniors the opportunity to learn about career options after high school—and have fun doing it!