Bursar’s Office: 333 Seventh Avenue, 15th floor, (212) 217-3720
Cashiering Operations: Business and Liberal Arts Center, Room B127, (212) 217-3680
FIT is a college of the State University of New York. It receives state funding and support from the Department of Education of the City of New York. This assistance allows the college to offer the tuition rates noted below.
All matriculating students new to FIT, including visiting students and new matriculants to bachelor’s degree programs, are required to confirm their acceptance with a nonrefundable advance tuition deposit of $150 as soon as they are notified of admission.
The following schedules of fees are effective for the 2021–22 academic year:
Tuition: Full-Time Program (Fall and Spring)
|Associate-level New York City/State residents||$2,645 per semester*|
|Associate-level out-of-state residents||$7,935 per semester|
|Baccalaureate-level New York City/State residents||$3,585 per semester*|
|Baccalaureate-level out-of-state residents||$10,846 per semester|
Students eligible for the Excelsior Scholarships program will follow the tuition guidelines of that program.
Tuition: Evening, Weekend, Summer, and Winter Sessions
Credit Certificate Program (only)
|Associate-level New York City/State residents||$220 per credit*|
|Associate-level out-of-state residents||$661 per credit*|
|Baccalaureate-level New York City/State residents||$299 per credit*|
|Baccalaureate-level out-of-state residents||$904 per credit*|
Tuition is charged for noncredit-bearing courses. Laboratories, lectures, and workshops are billed at different rates. See Fees.
Tuition and fees are subject to change without prior notice at the discretion of the college’s Board of Trustees. Current tuition and fees are available at fitnyc.edu/bursar.
Tuition paid by check or money order must be in the exact amount in U.S. dollars.
Residency for Tuition Purposes
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Resident Aliens
To qualify as a New York State resident, one must have established legal residence by maintaining a domicile in New York State for a period of at least one year preceding the first day of the semester.
A domicile is defined as a fixed permanent home to which one intends to return after being absent for a period of time. A person does not acquire a New York State domicile simply by being physically present in New York for a period of 12 months. A person retains a domicile until their present domicile is abandoned and another domicile is established.
In addition to the general domicile standards, students under the age of 22 and whose parents or legal guardians reside out of state must present evidence of financial independence from parents or legal guardians and an established New York State domicile in order to be designated as New York State residents for tuition purposes.
Applications for change of residency status are available at the Bursar’s Office at 333 Seventh Avenue, 15th floor, and on the FIT website at fitnyc.edu/bursar. Completed applications with supporting documents must be submitted prior to the end of the registration period for the semester for which the application is intended. New York City residents who have met the New York State residency requirement by maintaining a domicile in New York State for a period of at least one year preceding the date of registration do not have to file a County Certificate of Residence. New York State residents who do not reside in any of the five boroughs of New York City must file a County Certificate of Residence (issued by the county in which the student resides) in order to be eligible for the in-state resident tuition rate. It is mandatory that the student present a new certificate at the beginning of each academic year. This certificate must be filed with the Bursar’s Office at the beginning of the term for which the certificate is intended.
Students who enroll at the college in the fall semester are required to submit a new certificate the following fall. Students who enroll after the fall semester (winter, spring, or summer) must submit a certificate at the beginning of their first semester of attendance at FIT and a new certificate at the beginning of the following fall semester. Note that individual counties have deadline dates and may have different criteria for issuing the certificates. Notices are mailed each year to continuing FIT students who are enrolled as New York State residents reminding them of the deadline dates along with an application for the County Certificate of Residence and instructions for completing the form. However, regardless of whether the FIT notices are received, students are responsible for submitting the completed affidavits to their respective counties and the County Certificate of Residence to:
Fashion Institute of Technology
Bursar’s Administrative Office
227 West 27th Street
New York City 10001-5992
The County Certificate of Residence is issued by the student’s County Administrative or Treasurer’s Office, not by FIT. Applications and information pertaining to the location of county offices are available at the Bursar’s Office; visit fitnyc.edu/bursar. Application forms are also available at the county offices. Students who fail to submit a valid County Certificate of Residence to the college by the deadline dates will be billed the equivalent of nonresident tuition. No exceptions will be made. New York State Law requires that students who reside in New York State, outside any of the five boroughs of New York City, must file a County Certificate of Residence certified by their home county to qualify for the in-state tuition rate.
New York State residents who are eligible for the in-state tuition rate but have moved from one county to another within New York State within the last six months must file for a County Certificate of Residence with both counties and submit both certificates to the Bursar’s Office. Other residency requirements, County Certificate applications, and additional information may be found at fitnyc.edu/bursar.
International students with F-1 Student Visas are not eligible for the New York State resident tuition rate.
Students with other types of visas may be eligible if they have been residents of New York State for one year prior to the date of registration (see above). Students must have possessed the qualifying visa for at least one year prior to the date of registration.
|Apostille||$25 per occurence|
|Application to Graduate level||$100|
|Health insurance¹||$1,312.00 per semester|
|$161.50 per semester|
|$13.46 per credit hour|
|ID card replacement||$30 per occurrence|
|Laboratory²||$20 per course|
|Late payment||1.5% per month on balance|
|$150 per occurrence|
|$75 per occurrence|
|Locker rental||$30 per student/per semester|
|Monthly payment plan||$30 per semester|
|$30 per occurrence (maximum of 2)|
|Nonmatriculated student fee||$25 per semester|
|Part-time registration³||$15 per semester|
|Patternmaking course||$30 per course|
|Placement test||$30 per occurrence|
|Program change||$50 per occurrence|
|Programs in Italy|
Student activities fee
|$850 per semester for all students|
International program fee
|$1,500 per semester for all students|
|Records maintenance fee||$20 per semester|
|Recreation and athletics|
|$63.25 per semester|
|$5.25 per credit|
|Re-registration||$150 per occurence|
|Returned check fee||$30 per occurrence|
|Student activity maintenance⁴|
|$65 per semester|
|$5.50 per credit|
|$150 per semester|
|$75 per semester|
SUNY Learning Network (online courses)
|$15 per online credit hour|
Books and supplies cost between $600 and $900 (depending on major) per semester.
This insurance must be purchased by all full-time students unless evidence of other coverage is submitted. The rate shown is for domestic students. For a more detailed explanation, see Health Services.
Fee is charged to each part-time student who registers for a course requiring life/fashion models and/or the use of certain specialized equipment/materials.
Fee is charged to part-time students and is nonrefundable.
Approved by FIT’s Board of Trustees in accordance with Student Council regulations.
Tuition Payment Deadlines
Tuition due dates are determined by the college in advance of each semester and may vary from one academic year to the next. Tuition due dates for the fall semester normally occur between mid-July and early August. Tuition due dates for the spring semester normally occur between late December and early January.
All students who register after the payment due date are required to make tuition payment immediately upon registration.
Payment may be made via American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, debit card, money order, or personal check. All payments must be made in U.S. dollars. Checks and money orders should be made payable to Fashion Institute of Technology and delivered in person or mailed to:
Fashion Institute of Technology
Bursar’s Office – Cashiering Operations
227 West 27th Street, Room B127
New York City, NY 10001-5992
Student ID number must be indicated on your payment. Students may make payments in person at Cashiering Operations.
FIT no longer sends bills by mail. Students may view and pay their FIT bills online through a secure e-billing system. Go to the MyFIT portal at myfit.fitnyc.edu, click on “Student Tab,” then click on “Pay Student Account & View E-Bill.” Under “Account Activity,” select the appropriate term for “View Transactions by Term,” and then select “E-Bill Semester.”
Important: Students who do not pay their own FIT bills must authorize a parent or other person to access their account. To do this, click on “Authorized Users” after you are logged into the “Pay Student Account & View E-Bill” page.
Parents and other authorized users: After you have been designated an authorized user, you will receive an email providing you with access to the system.
Nonpayment of Debts and Fines
Checks returned by a bank as unpaid for any reason will result in a returned check fee of $30 charged to the student’s account. The college reserves the right not to accept a personal check for payment under some conditions, for example, a history of prior returned checks or checks without preprinted name and address. FIT will refuse personal checks after two have been returned due to insufficient funds. Note that a stop-payment draft against a check is not considered an official withdrawal from the college and students will be charged a $30 returned check fee in addition to the tuition liability.
Late payments are subject to a fee of 1.5 percent per month on all outstanding balances. Students who fail to pay bills or other college debts will be ineligible to register, graduate, or obtain transcripts or services from the college. Outstanding debts may be referred to a licensed collection agency and collection fees up to 33 1/3 percent may be added to the outstanding balance. If legal action becomes necessary, litigation and court costs will be the student’s responsibility.
Students who have not satisfied their full financial obligations, exclusive of certified financial aid or tuition payment plans, by the scheduled due date may be subsequently de-registered and all previously assigned classes may be dropped. Late registration and program change fees may be assessed to students who are de-registered and wish to re-enroll. Students are not guaranteed class availability if they need to re-register for courses.
Two office locations:
Alumni Hall, first floor, (212) 217-3900
Kaufman Hall, first floor, (212) 217-3930
FIT's four residence halls provide traditional-style and apartment-style accommodations. Traditional residence hall–style rooms have shared bathrooms, and students in these rooms are required to have a meal plan through the college's dining services. Apartment-style accommodations are available in all four residence halls; a meal plan is not required for students in apartments—see: fitnyc.edu/residentiallife.
Charges vary according to type of accommodation and building. Rates for housing and meal plan are subject to ratification by the Board of Trustees.
Typical charges for resident students as of spring 2021 are:
Traditional accommodations: $4,917–$5,137 per person per semester
Apartment/suite accommodations: $7,173–$7,768 per person per semester
Meal plans (required for new/entering students, optional for current/returning students): $1,161–2,463 per person per semester
A $500 nonrefundable deposit is required upon submission of housing application.