First-Year Scholarships Transfer Scholarships Private Scholarships Frequently Asked Questions
FIRST-YEAR MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS Rutgers First-Year Student Awards
($3,500 - $26,750 per year, renewable)
Admitted students who apply by December 1 and plan to enroll in 2017 will be considered for awards ranging from $3,500 - $26,750 per year. No separate application is required, and scholarships are renewable provided the student maintains full-time enrollment status and meets the minimum academic criteria for each scholarship.
Merit-based awards are competitive and are based on the academic strength of individual applicants, the overall strength of our applicant pool and available funding. Scholarships are awarded independently by each regional university within the Rutgers system. Awards may differ by school and university. All U.S. citizens and permanent residents seeking merit-based scholarships are also encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Scholarship recipients are notified by email in January and February, and only those students who qualify for merit-based awards are notified.
To be considered:
• Apply to Rutgers by December 1 and submit all required credentials within two weeks of the application due date.
• U.S. citizens and permanent residents are considered for merit-based awards. International students who are studying on valid non-immigrant visas are also considered for merit-based awards. National Merit Scholarships/College Sponsored Merit Award
($1,000 per year, renewable)
Rutgers University is a sponsoring institution for students selected by the National Merit Scholarship Committee to receive the College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Award. This award is valid for four years of undergraduate study with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average.
To be considered:
• National Merit finalists must designate Rutgers University as their first choice on the National Merit Scholarship application. Class Endowed Scholarships
($500 - $5,000 per year)
Rutgers offers several endowed scholarships funded by the generosity of alumni donors. Scholarships may be offered to descendants of the following class years: 1940, 1941, 1949, 1970, 1978, 1982, 1983, and the Rutgers College Class of 1980. Scholarships and scholarship amounts are based on available funds. Not all awards are renewable. Scholarship awards are based on criteria which include academic credentials. Recipients are notified in July.
To be considered:
• By May 1, please send a letter requesting consideration and stipulating the name of the Rutgers alumnus as well as his/her Rutgers school, year of graduation, and your relationship to the alumnus to: Rutgers University, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Scholarship Committee, 65 Davidson Road, Room 202, Piscataway, NJ 08854. Theodore J. and F. Elizabeth Kirsch Southern California Scholarship
The Theodore J. and F. Elizabeth Kirsch Southern California endowed scholarship may be offered to first-year students who reside and attend public high schools in the California communities of San Jose, San Mateo, and Palm Desert. Scholarships and scholarship amounts are based upon available funds and are renewable. Scholarship recipients are notified in July.
To be considered:
• First-year admitted students must reside and attend public high schools in the California communities of San Jose, San Mateo, and Palm Desert.
• By May 1, please send a letter requesting consideration to: Rutgers University, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Scholarship Committee, 65 Davidson Road, Room 202, Piscataway, NJ 08854.
• File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15.
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TRANSFER STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS
Rutgers offers scholarships to a select number of admitted transfer students. Transfer student scholarships are competitive awards and are based on the academic strength of individual applicants, the overall strength of our applicant pool and available funding. No separate application is required. We will consider admitted transfer applicants who:
• Apply to Rutgers via the Rutgers University Undergraduate Admissions Application by October 1 for spring admission (Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship only).
• Apply via the Rutgers University Undergraduate Admissions Application or the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success Application by February 1 for fall admission.
• Submit all required credentials within two weeks of the application due date.
• Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of application. Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships
($8,000 per year)
Phi Theta Kappa scholarship recipients are notified by December (for spring enrollment) and March (for fall enrollment). Criteria for consideration are specific so please review them carefully:
• Students who are enrolled full-time in a transfer program at a community college at the time of application.
• Students who are a member of their community college’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at the time of application.
• Students who have completed 50 credits at the time of application.
• Students who will be earning an associate’s degree in arts (A.A.) or science (A.S.) by the time of enrollment and have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.8 for consideration; grades from all college courses are considered.
• Students must enroll directly from the community college, with no intervening enrollment at another institution. Francis B. and Paige D. L’Hommedieu Scholarships
($1,750-$3,500 per year)
Francis B. and Paige D. L’Hommedieu Scholarship awarded for fall enrollment only and is based upon available funds. Scholarship recipients are notified in July. Criteria for consideration are specific so please review them carefully:
• Student must enroll directly from the associate degree-granting New Jersey community college, with no intervening enrollment at another institution.
• Students must have earned an associate’s degree in arts (A.A.) or science (A.S.) by June 1 and have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.8 for consideration; grades from all college courses are considered.
NJ STARS II (up to $1,250 per semester)
The New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (NJ STARS) II is a continuation of NJ STARS and provides eligible NJ STARS students attending New Jersey community colleges with funding to transfer to a New Jersey four-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree. Eligible students may receive the NJ STARS II award for up to four consecutive semesters, excluding summer sessions. The transfer of academic credits from the community college to Rutgers University is governed by the policies and procedures set forth in the statewide transfer agreement. NJ STARS II is operated at the discretion of the State of New Jersey. Renewal is based upon continued eligibility and available funding. Please review the information provided by the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) for full details about NJ STARS II eligibility requirements. Participation in NJ STARS does not guarantee admission to Rutgers University.
Minimum criteria for consideration:
- Be an authorized NJ STARS or non-funded recipient at one of the New Jersey’s 19 community colleges during the semester of community college graduation.
- Graduate from a New Jersey community college with an associate’s degree and a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or higher within five consecutive semesters of initial NJ STARS eligibility.
- Have a family income (taxable and non-taxable) of less than $250,000.
- Be admitted to and enroll in a full-time course of study (minimum 12 non-remedial credits) at Rutgers no later than the second semester following graduation from the community college.
- Apply for all state and federal need-based grants and merit awards by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadlines.
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Students are encouraged to explore other sources of funding to support their higher education plans. Additional information about funding sources external to Rutgers can be found here:
• HESAA: Higher Education Student Assistance Authority
Back to top of page FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SCHOLARSHIPS Q:
What factors are considered for first-year merit-based awards? A:
Academic criteria are essential to the scholarship awarding process. Cumulative grade-point average, final course grades, the strength of an applicant’s academic program, and SAT or ACT scores are considered. In addition, the overall competitiveness of the applicant pool and available funding are also considered. There is no specific set of credentials that guarantees an award. All first-year admitted students who apply by December 1 (and transfer students who apply by the specified deadlines) are considered for merit-based awards and offered the highest monetary award for which they qualify. Q:
By when must I apply to be considered for first-year scholarships? A:
First-year students who apply by December 1 (and transfer students who apply by the specified deadlines) and submit all required credentials within two weeks of that date will receive full consideration for all available scholarships. Q:
Are international students eligible for scholarships? A:
Yes, first-year international students who are studying/will study on a valid non-immigrant visa are eligible for awards ranging from $3,500 to $10,000 per year.
Will you accept updated SAT or ACT scores for first-year merit scholarship consideration? A:
Yes, but only scores from exams taken before January 1 of your senior year will be considered. Q:
Why did I receive a scholarship for one school and not the other, or why do my scholarships differ between schools? A:
Each Rutgers school issues scholarships independently and the awarding process reflects the competitiveness of their applicant pools. Therefore, it is possible for a student admitted to several academic units within Rutgers to receive scholarship awards in amounts that vary by school. Q:
I know someone who received a first-year merit-based award and their test scores are lower than mine. Shouldn't I qualify for that scholarship too? A:
Our first-year merit-based awards are based on a combination of factors including cumulative grade-point average, final course grades, strength of an academic program, and SAT or ACT scores. There is no specific set of “numbers” that will guarantee a particular scholarship. Q:
If I don’t get a scholarship now, can I get one in my second or third year at Rutgers? A:
Possibly. There may be other merit- and need- based scholarships awarded to continuing students by their particular schools. Check your school's website for continuing student scholarship opportunities. Q:
How can I make sure that I keep my scholarship? A:
First-year merit-based awards are renewable for a total of four years of undergraduate study (three additional years after the first year), based on specified academic performance and provided the student is enrolled full time. Your online scholarship award letter will specify the exact criteria you need to maintain in order to remain eligible. Q:
If I decide to transfer between schools at Rutgers, will my scholarship transfer with me? A:
Scholarships are not transferable. In some cases, and at the discretion of the deans, a school may agree to transfer a scholarship, but this is not guaranteed. Q:
If I am approved to defer my admission for one year, will I still receive the merit-based scholarship I was offered? A:
Yes. If you have requested a deferral of your admission for one year, have been approved and were offered a scholarship this year, you will be offered the same scholarship in the year of your enrollment. You must follow all deferral guidelines in order to maintain your admission and your scholarship. Mason Gross School of the Arts students are the exception to this policy as students who defer their admission to the Mason Gross School of the Arts must re-audition or re-submit a portfolio for the year of their intended enrollment. Q:
If I self-identify as a descendant of a Rutgers alumnus will I be guaranteed an endowed scholarship? A:
No, final selections for class-endowed scholarships are based upon academic criteria and available funds. Q:
I was offered an invitation to an Honors College or Honors Program. Will I be offered a merit based award? A:
Not necessarily. While some schools’ honors colleges or programs may offer scholarships, others do not. An invitation to an Honors College or Honors Program does not guarantee a scholarship offer.
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