Graduate Scholarship and Assistantship
RIT's graduate financial information is available at http://www.rit.edu/emcs/ptgrad/financial.html. General information about being a graduate student with us and other details relevant to financial issues are available in our Graduate Student Handbook.
Assistantships are available to new, full-time, on-campus graduate students entering in a fall term. Awards are granted for a maximum of one (1) academic year: fall through spring terms. Positions are not renewable for the next academic year. GA students work with department faculty or staff to support our students and facilities.
The available positions can vary year to year. Typical position descriptions are included at the end of the application form. The assistantship application is available from the Student Services office or it is available for download as an Adobe PDF document. Instructions are included in this document; be sure to submit all required materials. Applications for the 2013-14 academic year were due to the Graduate Program Director by March 18, 2013 (extended from 3/8/2013). After this deadline, program faculty review all complete applications, and applicants under consideration are contacted for an interview. Awards are made once a year, in late-April or early May.
>> As of this time, the 2013-14 application review process is still underway. <<
2013-14 GA Process Status Update:
MS/CSEC: Faculty have reviewed applications; individuals under consideration have been contacted and interviews have been completed. Decisions should be made by May 15, 2013.
An RIT Institute Merit Scholarship may be available to matriculated IST and CSEC graduate students who are receiving little or no financial support from an employer or other funding sources. Scholarships are usually granted at admission based on prior academic performance and employment background, if applicable. Awards are typically continued as long as the student is actively matriculated and is making acceptable progress towards the degree. The award can be used towards either full- or part-time study.
To be eligible for the maximum award level for a given quarter, you must be in good academic standing (have a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0/4.0 or better) and have completed all prerequisite courses before the start of the quarter.
Students who have not completed all of the program prerequisite courses, may or may not be awarded a merit scholarship at the discretion of the Graduate Program Director. However, in this situation, the maximum amount in this situation is typically reduced. When all of your prerequisite study has been successfully completed, you may contact the Graduate Program Director and request that your scholarship level be re-evaluated.
The RIT Institute Merit scholarship is granted for 3 academic terms from the date of admission, and must be renewed yearly thereafter. If you plan to study in the summer quarter or take courses in the next academic year, you need to submit a scholarship renewal request form to the Student Advising office.