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An Affordable Online Education.

RIT has discounted the tuition rate to new students to make an online education affordable. Graduate students receive 43% off the standard graduate tuition rate, and undergraduate students receive 36% off the standard part-time undergraduate tuition rate.

Students approved to enroll in graduate-level RIT Online programs or courses beginning fall 2014 or later (excluding Online Executive MBA, MS Product Development, and MS Manufacturing Leadership), are assessed the discounted RIT Online tuition rate. Students approved to enroll in undergraduate-level offerings beginning fall 2015 or later (excluding Mechatronics Engineering certificate), are also assessed the discounted RIT Online tuition rate. While RIT merit scholarships and RIT grants are not available to students awarded the discounted RIT Online tuition, your financial aid award may contain a combination of several alternative forms of aid, including federal government, state government, and specialized tuition assistance programs. Please visit Student Financial Services for more information on program costs.

  • RIT Online Courses

    At RIT you have the option to take select skill-based courses without needing to apply to or be accepted into a program. This path is what we call “non-degree seeking.” Students who are not enrolled in a degree program will be billed the standard RIT tuition rate.

    2019-2020 Tuition Rate
    $1,980 per credit hour$1,616 per credit hour

    2020-2021 Tuition Rate
    $2,089 per credit hour$1,710 per credit hour

    Taking an online course before applying to a degree program can be a great way to try out online learning. If you take a course that is part of a degree program, you may be able to apply that course toward the degree upon enrolling into the degree program. To be considered for financial aid, students must be matriculated.

    To enroll in a course, simply complete the enrollment request form and return to the Registrar’s office. If you have any questions or can’t find a course of interest, contact our concierge services for assistance.

  • RIT Online Tuition Rate Eligibility

    The RIT Online graduate tuition rate is offered to graduate students pursuing their degree entirely online. This rate is applied for students admitted into an online degree program beginning Fall 2014 or later (excluding the Online Executive MBA, MS Product Development, and MS Manufacturing Leadership programs). Students who receive this tuition rate may not enroll in on-campus or blended classes or receive RIT scholarships. The RIT Online graduate tuition rate is 43% off the standard graduate tuition rate. Please visit Student Financial Services for more information on degree program costs.

  • Financial Aid Resources

    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) collects the basic information needed to determine your eligibility for all of the financial aid programs sponsored by the federal government, including Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Work-Study Programs, Federal Perkins Loans, and Federal Direct (Stafford) Loans.

    You can obtain the FAFSA from the Office of Financial Aid website at RIT. After completing the FAFSA, you should mail it to the federal processor in the envelope provided. The federal processor will calculate an expected family contribution and send the results to any colleges or universities you have listed. The federal school code for Rochester Institute of Technology is 002806. Please use this school code on your FAFSA. You will receive a Federal Student Aid Report (SAR) four to six weeks after filing your FAFSA. Your SAR will indicate your eligibility for federal student aid programs as calculated by the federal processor. The SAR may also be used to correct any errors in the application information you have provided to the federal processor. If you need to make corrections, you should return your corrected SAR to the federal processor and, at the same time, mail a photocopy to RIT’s Office of Financial Aid.

    National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) Because RIT receives special federal support, students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing pay less than one- half of RIT’s regular tuition rates. The reduced cost makes RIT/NTID a truly exceptional value!

    Deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in NTID academic degree programs, as well as deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in any of the other eight colleges of RIT, pay the NTID reduced tuition rate. Scholarships, grants, and loans are also available to help you pay for an RIT education. You may also be eligible to receive additional funding resources from your state’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) office. VR works with college-bound deaf and hard-of-hearing students to help them get the education they need for career success. For more information on the financial resources available to students and their families, connect with NTID.

    Professional Re-employment Education Program (PREP) Advancing your education or obtaining new skills or a degree is considered time well spent when you find yourself out of work from an economic layoff or downsizing. RIT offers a variety of special programs and services for you. The Professional Re-employment Education Program (PREP) is a grant-sponsored program that gives qualified individuals 60% of their tuition costs for up to one year. Contact us for more details.

    Rochester Regional Health (RRH) Rochester Regional Health benefits-eligible employees enrolled in an RIT Online program or course may be eligible to receive 50% off the published standard RIT tuition rate. The Rochester Regional tuition discount cannot be applied to the RIT Online tuition rate, or any other discounted rate at RIT, nor can it be combined with any other RIT discounts or scholarships.

    Click here for more information about the RIT & Rochester Regional Health Alliance.

    Veterans and Military Benefits RIT has a tradition of honoring and supporting active duty military and veterans. For more than 50 years, RIT has had a Veterans Services Office dedicated to supporting and advocating for active-duty military, veterans, and their dependents—helping them from the moment they consider applying to RIT all the way until graduation. It doesn’t end there: RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education offers assistance to its alumni throughout their entire careers. At RIT, we understand active-duty military and student veterans’ needs and we are committed to helping each one of our students reach their full potential. Our Veterans Services Office is here to help you with your questions. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you regarding your benefits and encourage you to contact our office with any questions.

  • FAQs

    As an online student, am I eligible for financial aid? Yes. To be considered eligible, you must be accepted and admitted into a program consisting of at least 24 credit hours, and enrolled for at least six course credit hours within a term. Counselors are available at the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship to answer any questions you may have and assist you with the application process. You may contact them directly at or by phone at (585) 475-2186.

    Can I receive RIT Institutional funded grants/scholarships? Online students paying the RIT Online tuition rate are not eligible to receive RIT funded scholarships, due to the already discounted tuition rate. Students not awarded the RIT Online tuition rate may be eligible to receive RIT funded grants/scholarships.

    Is there a fee for applying? RIT requires a $65 application fee (non-degree seeking students are not required to pay this fee unless they decide to later enroll in a degree program) for applicants other than RIT alumni and current students within one school year of completing another RIT program. When you are filling out the online application, you will be prompted to pay this fee. Please be advised, if you do not pay this fee before submitting your final application, you will need to use the Secure Payment Service website.

    The non-refundable application fee is currently $65 for degree students or free for non-degree seeking students. You can pay the application fee using a credit card.

    How much do course materials cost? The expense of course materials will vary from course to course since different instructors will use different course materials. If course materials such as software and textbooks or other lecture materials are required, the cost of materials on a per-course basis could vary from $100 to $250. Some courses may not even require purchased course materials at all, or the course may instead use free web-based resources. RIT students are eligible for discounts on select Microsoft, Adobe, and other software programs.

    How do I pay my bill? All billings are generated on or about the first of the month. Email notifications are sent to students and authorized payers when bills are available. Acceptable forms of payment are listed below. Additional information can be found on the Student Financial Services Billing Dates and Payment Options page.

    • Check
    • eCheck through your financial institution (no fee)
    • Wire transfer (international payments only)
    • Visa, Discover, or MasterCard payments are accepted online at (Vendor service fee applies)