Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) support is received by Student Financial Services (SFS) for charges posted to student accounts which typically include tuition, fees, room, and board charges. SFS cannot accept any authorizations for non-billed charges such as off-campus housing, books, or supplies.
SFS sends a billing statement to each student through eServices. Students can authorize up to 3 users to have access to their account. If they have granted you access, you will receive a copy of the invoice sent to the student for their portion of the balance. Third party (VR) invoices are mailed (or can be emailed) directly to the sponsor listed on the authorization.
SFS will refund any amount over the authorized amount placed on the student account due to overpayment or for a students’ departure from the institute during the term. RIT will require a W9 form for all refunds.
Unpaid VR balances will be charged back to the student account at the end of the term if payment arrangements are not made with SFS. It will then be the student’s responsibility to pay the balance due.
The student may have Pell, RIT/NTID Grants or NYS TAP which must be applied to tuition first before applying VR support.
For example: Tuition for a full-time, undergraduate NTID student is $7,570 and VR authorizes $3235 to be paid towards tuition charges. However, the student receives a Pell Grant of $2887 and a NYS TAP award of $2582.50. SFS must apply the Pell Grant and TAP award first, which reduces tuition charges to $2100.50. Therefore, SFS is only able to bill VR for 2100.50 even though $3235 was authorized for tuition.
If you would like the student to be able to utilize the Pell or RIT/NTID Grants for other expense (i.e. room and board), please complete a Fund Reallocation Authorization Form.
RIT does not charge any tuition or mandatory fees for a semester in which a student is on Co-op, unless the student has also enrolled in classes. If the student is still living on campus, they will have room charges and likely board charges as well.
It is possible that we have not yet received an authorization form from your VR sponsor or that the authorization we received did not cover the entire balance owed. If you have been assessed a late fee and have VR support, please contact our office for further assistance.
Any VR support that you are receiving will be listed under Third Party Tuition, Fees, Room or Board on the “Term Activity Document” within eServices. Please be aware that this does not mean that VR has submitted payment to SFS, just that we have received an authorization for the semester. If VR does not pay the amount that was authorized, this will result in a chargeback of the unpaid amount to your student account which you would be responsible to pay.
The authorization that we received from your VR counselor did not cover the entire balance owed. The remainder that is due is your responsibility to pay as the student. If you believe that you should have received more VR support than what is reflected on your student account, you will need to contact your VR counselor.
Students can enroll in a payment plan through eServices. The payment plan is calculated based on the balance due at the time of enrollment in the plan. If you are expecting VR support, your plan will be adjusted once the authorization is received and posted to your student account.
Veteran & Military Education Programs
Many benefits are available to advance the education and skills of Veterans and Service members. Spouses and family members may also be eligible for education and training assistance. Some might find they're eligible for more than one benefit or that one program is more suited to certain education and training goals than another.
(Chapters 33 Post 9/11, 33 Post 9/11 Yellow Ribbon, 30, 35, 1606, 1607, 31)
Students must submit the appropriate paperwork to initiate, or continue VA funding. Documents may be submitted electronically through www.rit.edu/aid/upload or dropped off to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, located on the 2nd floor of the Bausch and Lomb building. Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (585-475-2186) should you have any questions regarding this paperwork.
Credits are calculated for Chapter 33 benefits and are posted to the student account upon certification of registration to the Veteran’s Administration. As a result, RIT will not impose penalty, including late fees, to individuals due to delay of disbursement from VA under Chapter 31 or 33.
Military Tuition Assistance
Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Each Service has its own criteria for eligibility, application process, and restrictions. For more information on Military Tuition Assistance, visit the local installation education center.
If you are interested in learning more about ROTC programs, please review the below links for general information and contact information.
Students must submit the appropriate paperwork to initiate, or continue VA support to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (585-475-2186). Documents may be submitted electronically through www.rit.edu/aid/upload or dropped off to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, located on the 2nd floor of the Bausch and Lomb building.
Payment plans are administered through eServices by clicking on Payment Plans.
Employer Sponsored Tuition Plan (ESTP)
Rochester Institute of Technology’s Employer Sponsored Tuition Plan (ESTP) provides qualified students the option of deferring tuition payment until after the end of the semester and grades have been issued.
The program is available to participating companies and their employees attending both on campus and online. RIT extends a full-semester deferment to students from participating companies offering $5,250 or more in annual tuition assistance. Look here for a current list of RIT ESTP companies and their code numbers, which will be needed to complete the Application for Payment Deferment.
If your company is not listed and you would like to initiate participation in this program, please send written notification of the following to email@example.com to begin the process of adding your organization to our partner list:
Proof of organization's tuition reimbursement program
Organization's program administrator who will serve as RIT's point of contact
Complete contact information for the organization's program administrator
Full address of company headquarters
Please Note: The deferment can be rescinded by RIT if notified by the employer that tuition benefits are no longer in effect or if the student is not in good financial standing with the University.
Complete the ESTP Application for Payment Deferment. You must complete the Student Information section and your employer must complete the Employer Certification. Only one form needs to be completed for the entire academic year.
Submit the completed form in its entirety to the Office of Student Financial Services at RIT.
Payments can be made by eCheck, paper check, MasterCard or Visa through eServices. Please be aware that a processing fee of 2.8% will be charged for credit card payments through a 3rd party vendor. It is the responsibility of the student to make the payment by the due date indicated above, regardless if the student has received their reimbursement from their employer.
ESTP Payment Due Dates
*Late fees will be assessed if full payment is not received by the due dates indicated above.
Student Financial Services
University Services Center, Bldg. 87, 1st Floor
25 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603
The Student Financial Services will process third party billing of tuition, fees and other charges to businesses, governments, agencies, organizations and employers desiring to sponsor a student at Rochester Institute of Technology.
The billing is processed on a per term basis. A letter or contract must be presented to RIT outlining the sponsor’s guarantee to pay. This authorization must not be contingent upon the student receiving a specific grade or upon a financial need status.
It is the policy of the University to protect our student’s right to confidentiality under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Sponsors must obtain information regarding grades, transcripts, course listings or other specific information directly from the student.
Sponsored students are those students that are registered and require Rochester Institute of Technology to bill an outside sponsor for their tuition, fees (tuition, technology fee, course fees, room/meal plan charges, and/or health insurance, etc.) while they attend the University. A letter of authorization is required from the sponsoring agency expressly authorizing Rochester Institute of Technology to bill the sponsor directly for the student's expenses. A third party credit is then applied to the student account each term for the covered expenses, which is then conditional upon the sponsor's payment.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that RIT is provided with a valid authorization letter (contract) from their sponsor, prior to the due date on the student account to avoid late payment fees and financial holds.
A sponsored student must monitor their student account status regularly. If the sponsor does not cover the total charges, it is the student’s responsibility to pay the balance owed.
Non-payment by the sponsor, for whatever reason, becomes an immediate liability to and the responsibility of the student.
It is the student’s responsibility to know the duration of the sponsorship as listed in the authorization letter. RIT will not notify a student when the sponsorship has expired.
Additional information required by the sponsor, including grades, transcripts, course(s) and other miscellaneous information, must be supplied by the student.
If questions arise concerning conditions of the sponsorship, the student should contact the sponsor, not RIT.
The Student Financial Services Office will review authorization letters (contracts) upon receipt and will certify eligible students. When presented prior to deadlines, this process will apply a third party credit for the covered expenses and avoid student account late payment fees.
The Student Financial Services Office will invoice the sponsor for the authorized charges. The invoice will state the student’s name and the total allowable charges.
Any refund resulting from an adjustment to the student’s account after sponsor payment will be returned to the sponsor.
The Student Financial Services Office will charge back to the student’s account any charges resulting from non-payment of sponsored charges by the sponsor.
It is a document in which a sponsor commits to pay designated educational expenses for the student. The letter from the sponsor specifies what they will pay, the period of coverage and billing information. Sponsors usually send the letter directly to RIT, but some sponsors send the letter to the student.
If the letter is sent directly to you, complete any required information and submit it to the Student Financial Services Office before the due date to avoid late fees. We will then apply a conditional third party credit on your student account for the covered expenses as long as we receive it by the due date. Again, be aware that the balance owed is subject to late fees while it is outstanding.
The sooner the letter is received the better, since early notification prevents late fees from accruing. It also allows students better information about what they personally will be expected to pay and eliminates unnecessary follow-up by students.
RIT will bill a sponsor for tuition, mandatory fee, room/meal plan charges, and/or health insurance, etc., as long as the fees are covered as specified in the authorization. Payments for other expenses should be coordinated between the student and their sponsor.
Sponsored students who do not submit their sponsor authorization letter prior to the term billing or do not pay their portion of the bill when due, may be responsible for any late payment fees assessed to their student account.
The Student Financial Services Office will invoice sponsors during the term after the drop and add period has passed. Invoices are sent to the contact person at the address provided in the authorization letter. Invoices are due upon receipt.
The Student Financial Services Office will invoice your sponsor based on your letter of authorization. Payment for any charges assessed to your student account that are not covered by your letter of authorization is due by the due date on your billing statement.
529 Prepayment Plans
If you have invested in a 529 plan, you will need to contact your account administrator for details on disbursements. Payments or authorizations to bill can be mailed to Student Financial Services at the following address:
Office of Student Financial Services
25 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623