Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
$33,744
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$22,215
$30k - $48k
$222,489
$48k - $75k
$222,993
$75k - $110k
$23,936
$110k+
$33,313
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$51,240
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$51,240
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$13,976
Books and Supplies
$2,088
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: [email protected]

Aid & Grants

0
100
85%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
29%
Average Aid Per Year
$22,552
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
29%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,304
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$19,124
Students receiving state aid
31%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$5,268
Students receiving federal aid
31%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,304
Average Grant & Scholarship By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$31,489
$30k - $48k
$30,975
$48k - $75k
$29,136
$75k - $110k
$23,985
$110k+
$16,089
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
$198,081,920
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$56,946,913

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
68%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$8,753
Students receiving federal loans
68%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,666
Average Other Loans Per Year
$16,662
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$23,000
Loan Default Rate
3%
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$280

What Students Are Saying

3.95 Average Rating
I wouldn't choose to go to school anywhere else even though RIT is rather expensive; in this case, you get what you pay for, and what you pay for is very good.
Not only does RIT have a 90% rate of job placement after graduation, but the things you will learn if you apply yourself at this place are awesome.
You can make a lot of friends in high places if you know what you're doing; most of the professors are accomplished professionals in their fields.
Gabrielle from Franklinville, NY
Although the university is relatively pricey, they offer a lot in merit scholarships and financial aid. Just watch out for deadlines and be sure to apply! The money is put to good use, though. You are getting an outstanding education at a top-notch university, access to a multi-million dollar fitness center, dozens of computer labs, free WiFi, cable, a gorgeous library and brand new student union/campus center, and the experience of a lifetime!
Sara from Getzville, NY
You'll definitely get your money's worth. Whatever program you decide to enroll in will be a rewarding experience. Make sure you continue to apply for scholarships. The school also is awarding scholarships to students every quarter in various amounts which helps out with books and any other bills.
Alexis from Washington, DC
RIT is an expensive school. Many students rely on aid and many more go into huge debts. It is def worth the high tuition, as unlike most other college grads, RIT students can pay off their loans.

Graduates are well rewarded, as job placement and demand for RIT grads is relatively high. As an engineering school, many students graduate with 6 figures.
Elvis from Rochester, NY
RIT is very expensive because of the immense amount of things going on. You will feel a bit robbed because most of your money will go towards things you will never use. Talk to your financial aid adviser to learn how you can ease the burden of such costs.
Geoff from Avon, NY
For me it's worth it. I'm paying roughly $40,000 a year, but I am given access to a lab that is priced at $64 million, so I can't complain. Plus it is the only school for my major that allows you to use their cleanroom as an undergraduate student.
James from Woodstock, GA
Ah, right. There is a twist to its satisfying atmosphere. RIT is a private school and tends to be very expensive. You do find those students and friends who don’t seem to have a problem with the financial burden but for people like me who are about average and need to worry about the financials a lot when attending a private school I would recommend signing up for as many scholarships as possible!! The money is out there you just need to apply yourself. Talk to financial aid! They will always think in your best interest and help you as much as they can, even if it’s suggesting to you what the best websites are for finding scholarships. Also, work study is always a good way to go. Everyone on campus is very friendly and helpful with new students who are just getting a start on working so don’t be afraid to look into it. The RIT website can help a lot with that. If you find this is really the school you want to go to, work something out, there is always a way, even if it means waiting until after graduation day with those loans. After graduation though hopefully it will be less of a burden for you with RIT’s above average rate of helping students to land jobs, sometimes even before graduation!
Alissa from Milton, NY
RIT is pretty pricey, and even though art students don't have books, we do have art supplies (NOT CHEAP). The classes are challenging, even though we get the stereotype of just an art student, and all we have to do is draw pictures. People just don't understand, while you are doing your web-assign, I am spending days on a project for one class. Even with all that work, it's graded on how well the teacher likes it, is it visually appealing? Does it keep interest? Is it too busy? Teachers are tough, but it just gives you the incentive to do better.
Jessica from Lockport, NY
RIT prepares you for a career, they don't just teach you stuff that you'll never use. Many of the programs have a required (or optional) Co-Op block that you complete before graduation. That opportunity alone often gives students a career straight out of college.
Allison from Williamson, NY

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