Tuition & Financial Aid

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Because RIT/NTID receives special federal support, deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in any undergraduate degree program pay less than one-half of RIT’s regular tuition. The reduced tuition rate also applies for students enrolled in the ASL-English Interpretation program.

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in graduate degree programs also pay a reduced tuition rate. This also applies to hearing students enrolled in the Master of Science program in Secondary Education of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

At RIT/NTID, we pride ourselves on making a great education truly affordable. You get a world-class private university education at a public university price!

*Tuition rates are for U.S. students only.

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RIT Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Merit-based Scholarship Programs

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students can receive scholarships through our merit-based scholarship programs.

Merit-based scholarships are awarded in recognition of academic and extracurricular achievements, regardless of a student’s financial need. These scholarships are awarded based on a review of information already provided to NTID’s Office of Admissions as part of the admission process and no separate scholarship application is required.

Regardless, if you receive merit-based scholarships, you are encouraged to apply for Financial Aid by filing the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

General guidelines pertaining to merit-based scholarships at RIT/NTID include the following:

  • Students who submit all required admission credentials by February 1 will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships.
  • Entering students selected to receive an RIT/NTID merit-based scholarship will be mailed a notification letter specifying the scholarship amount and renewal requirements.
  • Scholarships are renewable with satisfactory academic performance with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 or higher.
     
NTID President’s Scholarship

NTID President’s Scholarship is awarded to outstanding first-year RIT/NTID students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Recipients are selected based on a comprehensive review of the student’s academic record, ACT or SAT scores, activities, and demonstration of outstanding leadership and extracurricular activities. Award amounts are up to $4,000 annually.

NTID Scholarship for Academic Excellence

NTID Scholarship for Academic Excellence is awarded to outstanding RIT/NTID students. Recipients are chosen on the basis of the strength of their overall application materials including grade point average, ACT/SAT scores, activities and recommendations. Award amounts are up to $4,000 annually.

Associate+Bachelor’s Degree Scholarships

Students who are admitted to an Associate+Bachelor’s degree program are awarded an additional $1,000 when the student successfully enrolls in the bachelor’s degree program.

RIT Founder's Scholarships

Students accepted directly to RIT bachelor’s degree programs also are eligible for consideration for RIT Founder's Scholarships. Amounts are prorated in order to reflect the lower tuition rate for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Named to recognize the founders of RIT and its forerunners, Founder's Scholarships are awarded to freshmen who have excelled academically, are active and involved in their schools or community, or demonstrate special talents or abilities. Consideration also may be given to outstanding leadership, service, entrepreneurship, citizenship or creativity. Portfolio evaluations or other evidence of creative excellence will also be considered for applicants to art, crafts, design, film and photography programs. Scholarship awards are $2,500-$3,500 per year. Students qualifying for an additional RIT merit-based scholarship will automatically be awarded the scholarship with the highest amount. Renewable. All freshman applications submitted to RIT by November 1 or January 1 (Early Decision), January 15 (Regular Decision), or November 1 for spring entry will be reviewed for possible selection.

RIT Presidential Scholarships

Awarded to a select number of entering freshmen. Recipients demonstrate exceptional academic performance; receive exemplary letters of recommendation as well as strong entrance exam scores. Scholarship awards are $1,000-$4,500 per year. All freshman applications submitted to RIT by November 1 or January 1 (Early Decision), January 15 (Regular Decision), or November 1 for spring entry will be reviewed for possible selection.

Incentive Scholarship

NTID’s Incentive Scholarship is awarded to first-year RIT/NTID students who are deaf or hard of hearing and are planning to enroll in one of NTID’s Associate Degree programs. Recipients are selected based on a comprehensive review of the student’s academic record, ACT or SAT scores, activities, and demonstration of leadership and extracurricular activities. Students are awarded $3,000 annually.

Maguire Scholarship

The Maguire Scholarship is awarded to outstanding students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Recipients are selected based on a comprehensive review of the student’s academic record, ACT or SAT scores, activities, and demonstration of outstanding leadership and extracurricular activities. Students are awarded $5,000 annually. Funds are provided by The Maguire Foundation.

Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides services to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing or to those who have disabilities and who need help to qualify for or to find a job. VR may assist with vocational training or college. VR services may include financial assistance, employment planning, counseling, transportation, and job placement assistance. A VR counselor, who determines eligibility for services, is assigned to each individual requesting assistance. States have various names for VR, and services vary depending on need and the state in which a student lives.

Learn More about Vocational Rehabilitation

NTID Financial Aid & Scholarships Brochure

Frequently Asked Questions

Our admissions counselors frequently answer a number of common questions about tuition and financial aid. Answers to many of these questions can be found below. You may also find the full list of admissions FAQs helpful. If you can't find the answer to your question, please contact the admissions counselor for your region.

The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Additional information on financial aid and scholarships can be found at the RIT Office of Financial Aid.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides services to individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing who need help to qualify for or to find a job. VR may assist with paying for college. States have various names for VR, and services vary depending on need and the state in which a student lives. The RIT Financial Aid Office will include an estimate of VR contributions to your education on your financial aid award letter. You need to apply to your state VR agency in order to qualify for those funds. It is important that you contact VR as soon as possible to learn your state's VR process and requirements so that you can benefit from their services and funding resources.

RIT is truly an affordable choice. Because RIT receives special federal support for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, you can get a top-quality education at a substantially reduced rate. Because RIT receives special federal support, students who are deaf or hard of hearing pay less than one-half of RIT’s regular tuition rate. Hearing students studying ASL-English Interpretation or the MSSE program also receive this reduced tuition rate.

Financial aid may include student loans, student employment, combinations of grant-in-aid, Vocational Rehabilitation and federal and state grants that are available for students in need. RIT's Financial Aid Office has more information.

Every year. Available starting October 1.

Contact your local Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) in your home state.

You need to send a copy of your financial aid award letter, class schedule, student bill, book list and grades.

Be sure to contact your VR before you drop a class, withdraw from a class or change your major.

Go to the Barnes & Noble college bookstore at RIT. Go to any register. Ask if they have your VR book authorization. If yes, go buy your books.

If the bookstore does not have your VR authorization, send your new class schedule and booklist with costs to your VR counselor (you can find your booklist at rit.bncollege.com, click textbooks). Email your VR counselor to ask why you don't have book authorization. Purchase your books and pay for them yourself. Keep the original reciept so you can get a refund later (if your VR covers books).

After you get your book authorization from VR, go to Barnes & Noble with your original receipt. Barnes & Noble will give you a refund.

Caution: If you lose your receipt, you will not get paid back!

Schedule an appointment with the NTID Financial Services Coordinator.

You do not have to apply. Scholarships are automatically awarded based on your cumulative GPA and department nominations. Students who receive scholarships will be notified by mail during the summer. The scholarship also will appear on your financial aid award letter.

There are links to scholarship searches here. Be sure to apply early!

Schedule an appointment with the NTID Financial Services Coordinator.