Program FAQs for Students Accepted to Bachelor’s Degree Programs

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 or OSAP 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 must be completed. Questions about support? Contact NTID Student Financial Services Office at 585-475-6863 or 585-286-5516 (videophone) or send an email.

Am I moving into my permanent housing for the year?

After the conclusion of NSP on Aug. 11, you will have three options. If you select options 1 or 2 below, then yes, upon arrival for NSP you will be moving into your permanent assigned housing for the school year. However, if you are assigned to Sol Hall, you will likely experience a temporary housing assignment for one night during Colleges and Careers weekend, and will be temporarily housed in Ellingson Hall. You will not have to move out your belongings from your permanent housing at Sol, and your room will be locked and inaccessible by anyone during that time.

  1. You can remain at RIT in your permanent room until NTID-Support Services Orientation (NSSO) Move-in Day on Aug. 20 and pay $50/day for housing (a total cost of $400) plus meal costs. This will give you the opportunity to remain on campus until all students move-in. During the week you will have the opportunity to meet other students that did not take part in NSP and participate in some SVP activities.
  2. You can remain at RIT in your permanent room and pay $50/day for housing and attend one of the Discover RIT Pre-orientation programs that begin on Aug. 18. The total cost for this option will be $300 for housing on non-program days/nights plus the cost of the DiscoverRIT Program and meal costs. Fees for Discover programs vary by individual program. This will give you an opportunity to remain on campus and participate in fun, small-group projects and activities. These optional programs are a great way to get connected to other campus faculty, staff and resources. Please be aware depending on the program you choose you may miss the last day of the RIT pre-orientation program because you are required to attend the NSSO pre-orientation program on Aug. 21.
  3. You may choose to return home after NSP concludes and return on NSSO Move-in Day on Aug. 20. If you choose this option, please bring only your belongings needed during the NSP program while you are in your NSP room. You will not move-in your permanent belongings to your permanent room until Aug. 20.

What does the schedule look like for NSP?

The schedule includes topics covered during classroom instruction, activities and events for Sunday, July 29, 2018-Saturday August 11, 2018. (Check out is on Sunday morning, August 12.)

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 16, 2018. 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.