Program FAQs for Students Accepted to Associate Degree Programs and/or SVP

Am I required to attend the New Signers Program?

No, the program is optional, but if you are interested in learning how to sign, we encourage you to participate. You not only will have the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with other non-signing students, learn basic sign language skills, and get an introduction to Deaf culture, but this program also will help ease your transition as you prepare for your first year at RIT/NTID.

What does the $700 program fee cover?

The fee covers the direct cost of programming, room and board, off-campus excursions and recreation activities, and the tuition for the one-credit course. The program fee will be reflected on your fall bill. If you have VR (Vocational Rehabilitation) or OSAP (Canda's VR) support, be sure to discuss the cost related to NSP with them before arriving. Scholarships are available for students with financial need. The FAFSA must be completed to be considered. The Financial Assistance Form also should be completed. Questions about support? Contact NTID Student Financial Services Office at 585-475-6863 or 585-286-5516 (videophone), or send an email.

What does the schedule look like for NSP?

The schedule includes topics covered during classroom instruction, activities and events for Sunday, July 30, 2017 - Saturday, August 12, 2017. (Check out is on Sunday morning, August 13.)

Do I also need to attend SVP if I participate in this program?

Yes, all students accepted into associate degree programs who attend this program also will attend SVP.

Do my parents need to attend the SVP Parent Orientation?

We will have a special Parents’ Workshop on Sunday, July 30, 2017 to provide your parents with an overview of the resources, programs and requirements at RIT/NTID. The special Parents’ Workshop on Sunday, July 30 will provide all the same information as the SVP Orientation. Some parents may wish to bring you to NSP and then remain in Rochester until the SVP Parent Orientation. They are welcome to do that, but it is not necessary.

If your parents are bringing you to NSP and plan to stay in Rochester, they can select a local hotel. There’s a lot to see and do in Rochester.

How will the NSP move-in benefit me?

If you are accepted to the NSP program, it is our goal to have you move your belongings into your permanent dorm room on July 30 between Noon-4:00 p.m. This is in advance of all other associate degree or SVP students.

Who can attend?

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students who have identified themselves as non-signers on the NTID Language/Communication Background Questionnaire (L/CBQ). Program seats are limited, and are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Is there financial aid?

In some states, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), or a similar office, will pay some or the entire fee for NSP. To find out if you qualify, contact your VR counselor or the state VR office. Scholarships also are available.

When is the application deadline?

The online application must be completed by July 17, 2017. You are not accepted into the program until we receive and review your application, and we send you an official acceptance letter. This is when you know you're officially an NSP participant. Please apply early to ensure a spot in the program.