Tuition & Financial Aid
Do I need to know ASL before applying to RIT's interpreting program?
To enter the program you need to demonstrate beginning-level competency in ASL. For most students this will mean the completion of a course titled ASL I or Beginning ASL. We will assess your ASL ability to verify you satisfy the entry requirement. If you have no prior knowledge of sign language, you can still apply for entry into the program. This will mean that you will take general education courses, along with ASL I in the fall semester, ASL II in spring semester and ASL III in summer semester. You will have to pass ASL I with a grade of C or better to continue in the program. Get additional information on RIT's ASL-English Interpretation program.
How do I apply for Vocational Rehabilitation financial aid?
Contact your local Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) in your home state.
How can I find student employment at RIT?
On the Student Employment Office website, you can find job listings and other information on finding a job on or off campus.
Private university education. Public university price.
Because RIT receives special federal support for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, those students benefit from a private university education at a public university price. Deaf and hard-of-hearing students pay about one-third of RIT's regular tuition rate. The reduced cost makes RIT/NTID a truly exceptional value!
Deaf and hard-of-hearing students 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 reduced tuition rates. Reduced rates also apply to all students (deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing) in NTID's ASL-English Interpretation and MSSE programs.
Scholarships, grants and loans also are 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 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, see the RIT/NTID Financial Aid and Scholarships brochure.