Recently Admitted Graduate Students

CONGRATULATIONS!

The entire community at FIT and the School of Graduate Studies looks forward to welcoming you to campus this fall!

You will need to follow a few important steps to secure your place in the Fall 2022 entering class and prepare to enroll. Please review the checklist below and contact your individual department for additional information or assistance.

Your MyFIT account is ready to go!

All important messages from the college will be sent exclusively through the MyFIT student portal and your FIT Gmail account.

  • Log in to MyFIT
  • Your FIT username is noted in your offer letter.
  • Your FIT password is FIT + your birthday in this format:  FITMmmDDYYYY,
    ex. FITJan012011
    Your password is case-sensitive.

See also: How Do I Sign In To My FIT Email Account?

To secure your place in the School of Graduate Studies for Fall 2022, submit the $250 nonrefundable tuition deposit online using a major credit card or electronic check within two weeks of the date on your offer letter.

Log into your MyFIT account and follow these instructions.

  • Click the Applicant link in the left menu
  • Under Online Resources, click the Pay Student Account and View E-Bill link (this will open a new browser tab)
  • Click on the Deposits link at the top of the payment page
  • Select Graduate Tuition Deposit 
  • Continue through the steps to enter account/card information and submit $250 payment.

You will receive an email confirmation to your FIT email that the payment has been submitted. A second email confirmation will be sent from the Graduate Admissions Office acknowledging your payment.

Only if indicated in your offer letter, submit your official undergraduate transcript with proof of degree conferral no later than August 1, 2022.

Students admitted to graduate programs at FIT are required to hold a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or an equivalent degree from a foreign country. If the Office of Graduate Admissions does not have your official, sealed transcript(s) with the degree awarded on file, please contact the appropriate college or university to request that they send a copy of your official, sealed transcript to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

If you are completing your final term of your undergraduate degree, please do not send transcripts until your degree conferral has been posted to the transcript.

U. S. Students
It is strongly recommended that official transcripts (U.S. institutions only) be sent electronically. If your school offers electronic delivery, transcripts can be sent to: [email protected].

If ordering transcripts from a predetermined list of schools, make sure to choose the option for "FIT - School of Graduate Studies". Transcripts sent to "FIT" or "SUNY FIT" may not reach the Graduate Admissions Office.

  • Official academic transcripts must be original documents bearing the institutional seal and signature of the institution's registrar.
  • We do not accept copies, opened, or unsealed envelopes, unofficial printouts, or faxes as official transcripts.
  • You are still welcome to mail your domestic transcripts; however, you may experience processing delays.

All transcripts submitted are considered property of FIT. They will not be returned to you, transferred, or forwarded to other individuals, departments or institutions.

International Students
You are required to send an updated final official course by course evaluation confirming proof of degree conferral through a NACES member organization. Please use the mailing address below. 

Fashion Institute of Technology 
Office of Admissions, Room C139
227 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001-5992 

If you are a graduate of FIT, please contact [email protected] so that we can request your official transcript on your behalf.

All transcripts submitted are considered property of FIT. They will not be returned to you, transferred, or forwarded to other individuals, departments or institutions.

Admitted international students wishing to secure an I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 status)—or who want to transfer their F-1 status to FIT—must complete and submit the International Student Financial Statement (ISFS).  

FIT will issue an I-20 within five working days after you have completed the ISFS and submitted the necessary documentation, as long as your $250 tuition deposit has been processed. 

» International Student Financial Statement - ISFS (.pdf) 

International students who do not require an I-20 must complete the waiver section on page 4 of the ISFS. In order to apply for an F-1 visa from a U.S. consulate, you must provide the following:

  • Evidence of your ability to finance your studies
  • Copy of the offer of admission letter
  • Receipt showing payment of the $350 SEVIS fee
  • A valid passport

See also: International Student Services (ISS)

All international students must attend New Student Orientation in order to comply with federal regulations requiring check-in at International Student Services Office within 30 days of enrolling.

FIT Health Services is a primary care facility staffed by physicians, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses. All students must complete a Health History form and a Notice of Privacy Practices and Consent form online using the FIT Health Portal.

All students who access campus facilities in-person must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and boosted once eligible, with limited exceptions.  Additionally, all students must comply with the MMR immunization requirements in accordance with the New York State Public Health Law. Details of the immunization requirements and the immunization forms are available at FIT Health Services.

Graduate students must upload proof of their COVID-19 vaccine series, boosters, and MMR immunization by April 5, 2022 to the FIT Health Portal, prior to fall 2022 new graduate student registration that begins on April 8, 2022. Please note that students will not be able to register for classes unless all of their immunization records noted above have been submitted.

Requests for medical and/or religious exemptions will be reviewed for consideration. The deadline for submitting the exemption request is April 1, 2022. Visit FIT Health Services to submit the exemption request. 

FIT has a mandatory health insurance policy for full-time students. All full-time domestic and international undergraduates enrolled in 12 or more credits are automatically enrolled and billed for the student health insurance. Students can be excused from the mandatory insurance if they have equal or better health coverage from another U.S.-based company. In order to waive the mandatory insurance, it is necessary to complete and submit an online health insurance waiver form by September 15, 2022.

Our campus is currently closed to the public, but we encourage you to take a virtual tour of our buildings.

While few graduate students elect to live in the undergraduate dorms, the Residential Life Office will process graduate dormitory requests after undergraduate requests have been filled.

If you are interested in housing, please contact Residential Life at (212) 217-3900 or [email protected].

Tuition and fees are billed to student accounts once you have registered for courses.

The Bursar's Office will send you an email notification when your invoice can be viewed and you can submit payment at MyFIT on the e-Bill and Payment Suite portal.

Detailed information on costs and payment deadlines can be found at Office of the Bursar.

New York State residents are charged a different tuition rate than our out-of-state students. Your residency status is based on the information included in your application for admission.

To qualify as a New York State resident, you must have established legal residence by maintaining a domicile in New York State for a period of at least one year preceding the date of the start of the semester.

If you feel you are qualified for in-state tuition, please visit our Graduate New York State Residency Verification page for instructions on how to submit the required documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

International students with F and J visas/status are not eligible for the in-state tuition rate.

FIT, like most colleges and universities, uses a common application called the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). Students must reapply each academic year to establish eligibility and for consideration for awards.

Graduate or professional students may be eligible to receive aid from the following federal student aid programs:

Once you have reached your annual Direct Stafford Loan limit, there are two additional types of education loans from which to choose:

All loan types are credit-based and must be approved.

To be eligible for financial aid, you must be admitted in a degree-granting program, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., and continue to meet federal financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress guidelines.  Only courses toward the degree requirements are counted as enrollment for financial aid purposes. If studying for a minor, only those courses that fulfill a degree requirement are eligible for financial aid.

Full-Time Students (enrolled in 9 or more credits)
To be considered for financial aid, all new and continuing students must be matriculated and enrolled in courses in their degree program. Some financial aid programs are limited to full-time students only.

Part-Time Students (less than 9 credits)
To be considered for financial aid, part-time students must be matriculated and enrolled in courses in their degree  program. Most financial aid programs require enrollment in at least 6 credits in a degree granting program to be eligible.

Please visit the Educational Loans for more information.

International Students
International students are not eligible for financial assistance from FIT. International students may be able to borrow using an alternative or private loan. Most lenders will require an eligible (credit worthy) co-signer that is a U.S. citizen.

Other helpful sources for International Students:

Education USA
InternationalStudent.com   
eduPASS Financial Aid
IEFA 

Be sure to check your FIT student email frequently for important information.

Your academic programs will contact you to discuss registration, orientation, onboarding, and other details.

If you need disability accommodations, we encourage you to register with the Office of Disability Support Services (FIT-ABLE). For detailed information on services, registration, and documentation, please visit FIT-ABLE.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] or your department chair.