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Resident Assistant Selection

The Resident Assistant is an integral part of the Residential Life staff. The RA is the paraprofessional staff member with the most direct and constant student contact. The primary responsibilities of an RA are to act as a facilitator in the development of the residence hall community, to enhance the development of the residents, and to serve as a role model at all times. An RA serves as a representative of the Residential Life office and FIT.

The Residential Life Department offers its students great opportunities and experiences as Resident Assistants. RA selection begins in late October of each academic year and continues through the spring semester. Throughout the selection process students get to know members of the Residential Life staff, current RAs, and other interested students. Students gain excellent skills when applying to be an RA, such as time management, interviewing skills, interpersonal skills, and professionalism. If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, review the RA Selection Timeline which explains the selection process.

Advantages to being an RA:

  • guaranteed single space
  • early course registration each semester
  • 10% discount at FIT Barnes & Noble Bookstore and Fashion Design Bookstore
  • $50 declining balance in the dining hall
  • textbook stipend: $450 each semester for RAs living in apartments and $550 each semester for RAs living in traditional rooms (added to in-state stipend)
  • stipends (five disbursements each semester) equivalent to New York in-state upper/lower division depending upon the status of the individual
  • Residential Life apparel such as t-shirts, hats, hoodies, etc.
  • movie tickets and meal vouchers during move in

Please refer any questions about RA selection to Resident Counselor Jocelin Engel at or 212 217.3910.

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