Admissions and Aid

RIT is committed to providing quality, high-value, and affordable online education which advances careers and enhances lives.

Applying for Admission

Admission to RIT is competitive, but our admission process is a personal one.

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Everyone is encouraged to apply!

Each application is reviewed holistically and admission decisions are based on the overall strength of all application materials submitted. This includes  your resume, transcripts, personal statement and other supporting documents. The admissions committee considers applicants from various fields of study, interest areas, and careers.

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Specific requirements vary by degree program.

This may include a writing sample, letters of recommendation, or standardized tests. A Bachelor’s degree is required for admission to our graduate programs. To find your program’s specific admissions requirements, visit Programs and select your degree of interest.

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Meet Karen Palmer, your admissions advisor

Karen Palmer

Karen Palmer
Online Admissions Advisor
Schedule Advising Session

Let’s connect. Have some specific questions about our programs, admissions or aid? I’d be happy to help!

Together we can explore your options and find the best degree program and schedule that fits your individual career goals and interests. Please schedule an individual advising session with me so I can help get you started or, you may request more information here. I look forward to connecting with you!


Cost and Aid

We recognize that value, affordability and quality are priorities for education.

RIT ranks 50th among “best value schools”

U.S. News & World Report

RIT named among “Best Value Colleges for 2020.”

Princeton Review

RIT ranked among the country’s best values in private colleges, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance 2018 edition. RIT ranked 91st on the list of private universities.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

RIT included among the universities ranked in “727 Best Colleges for Your Money” and on a specialty list, “The 50 Colleges that Add the Most Value.”

Money Magazine

Students enrolled in many online degree programs receive reduced tuition. Depending on the program, graduate students may receive up to 43% discount and undergraduate students may receive up to 36% discount off the standard campus-based tuition rate for the same degree outcomes. Merit-based scholarships are available for select programs.

Funding your education

Many online students seek educational loans from their bank or other approved lenders, seek private scholarship opportunities, and/or rely on family for funding if they are unable to finance their studies independently. RIT also offers a payment plan where tuition may be paid in installments over time.

You may also be eligible for low interest government loans by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Federal Student Aid website.  You must be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen in order to file the FAFSA. Students need to be enrolled in 6+ credits per term to be eligible for federal student aid.

Forward-thinking companies are making education a valuable employee benefit.Students who are working professionals often arrange financial support from their employer or government. 

Companies offering $5,250 or more in annual tuition assistance may qualify for the Employer Sponsored Tuition Plan. RIT extends a full-semester deferment to students from participating firms. Students must obtain official verification of their eligibility from their Tuition Aid Administrator, and must be in good financial standing from previous semesters.

Download this guide with some tips to help you seek employer support

We are committed to flexibility. We understand that not everyone takes the same path toward a graduate or undergraduate degree. Related work experience, certifications, nontraditional education, and other credentials may be eligible for credit toward your degree which can reduce costs significantly. We also offer lower-cost pathways to credit for select graduate and undergraduate degrees. Contact your admissions counselor to learn more.