The Spectrum Support Program was designed with a focus on meeting the needs of RIT's growing population of autistic students. 


  • Students must be admitted into an undergraduate bachelor’s degree program at RIT
  • Admittance to RIT does not guarantee a space in our program. Students must complete the SSP application process
  • SSP staff will make decisions based on space and program fit.
  • Due to the limited space in the Spectrum Support Program, not all students who request services will receive support from SSP.


Support Levels and Associated Fees

SSP staff will determine program eligibility and recommend a support level based on an assessment of student needs.  

Level 1 – College Transition Support 
COST:  $2200 per academic term 

  • Students are paired with a trained Coach who provides holistic support as students navigate their first year at RIT.
  • Coaches work with students to support the development of skills and confidence in following areas; advocating with professors; negotiating the residential experience; utilizing RIT resources; engaging with extracurricular clubs and events; navigating new and challenging situations; building skills and exploring strategies related to organizing and prioritizing academic tasks; utilizing academic resources.
  • Typically, incoming 1st year and transfer students will be enrolled at level 1.

Level 2 – Coaching, Cross-Campus Coordination, and Referral
COST:   $1600 per academic term 

  • Students are paired with a trained Coach who provides individualized support as students continue to work toward social, academic and professional goals.
  • Students are supported in connecting with campus resources including campus partners in Academic Advising; Residence Life; Disability Services Office; Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services; Academic Success Center; Counseling and Psychological Services, and more.
  • SSP offers customized seminar courses in collaboration with the Career Services Office to help students develop critical skills in navigating the job search process in order to meet cooperative education requirements and transition to employment experiences. 
  • Typically, 2nd-year RIT students will qualify to enroll at level 2.

Level 3 – Regular Check-in and Referral 
COST:  $1150 per academic term 

  • Students are paired with a trained Coach to provide ongoing guidance as students progress toward graduation and professional employment.
  • Typically, 3rd-year RIT students or above will qualify to enroll at level 3.

Program Fees

Program fees are reviewed by the university annually and RIT reserves the right to change its price and pricing policies without prior notice.

Program Enrollment is done annually but students will be billed at the beginning of each academic term. Program fees are non-refundable. In the case of a voluntary or involuntary leave or withdrawal from RIT, a refund may be made in accordance with Institute policy

If you have been accepted to SSP and have financial concerns that would preclude program services, please visit Financial Support or email to request information about possible financial assistance options.    

Application Process

The Spectrum Support Program serves a finite number of students each year. Admission to RIT does not guarantee a space in the Spectrum Support Program. SSP staff make enrollment decisions based on available space, staffing and program fit. Please note that not all students who request services will be eligible to receive support from SSP. 

Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 Applications

At this time, we are no longer reviewing applications for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Fall 2022 & Spring 2023 Applications

Students interested in applying to the Spectrum Support Program can submit an online request once they have accepted an offer of admission from RIT and reserved their place in RIT's entering class. Students must use their RIT computer account and RIT email to complete the application form (below).

Application Timelines

Early Decision Students

  • Review of SSP applications will begin in January
  • Enrollment offers will be communicated in March
  • Students must confirm their SSP enrollment by April 1st

Regular Decision Students

  • Review of SSP applications will begin in April
  • Enrollment offers will be communicated in May and June
  • Students must confirm their SSP enrollment by July 1st

Continuing Students

  • Current RIT students who are not already enrolled in SSP services but are interested in being considered should follow the request process above
  • Current SSP-enrolled students must fill out an SSP Application Request Form by July 1st each year in order to be considered for continuation of services.


Any student submitting an application to SSP after July 1st will be automatically placed on a waitlist.