Financial Aid
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We want to ensure that a Rutgers education is within reach of all admitted students, especially those with financial need. That’s why Rutgers, New Jersey’s state university, works hard to support your dreams and offers a net price calculator to help you estimate your cost to attend Rutgers University. Last year, 68.4% of the entering class received an offer of financial aid. Offers ranged from $500 to $30,000, with the average financial aid package reaching $17,400 (including student loans).

How Do I Apply for Financial Aid?
To apply for financial aid, submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and follow these steps:
  • Create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID at The FSA ID is a username and password combination that allows you to sign your FAFSA electronically.  You and your parent each must create a FSA ID.
  • Complete the FAFSA online at If you do not have access to a computer you may obtain a FAFSA from your guidance office or the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800-4FEDAID (800-433-3243).
  • Step 6 (Step 5 for online version) of your FAFSA requires the following information:
    • Federal School Code: 002629
    • Address: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 620 George Street, New Brunswick NJ 08901-1175
  • Submit your FAFSA online or by mail. The earlier the U.S. Department of Education's Central Processing System receives the application, the sooner the financial aid process can begin. The FAFSA becomes available January 1 of each calendar year. To receive maximum consideration for need-based or merit scholarships, we encourage you to file the FAFSA by February 15. If you submit the FAFSA by February 15, you should receive your online planning letter in mid-March. Although we encourage you to finalize your federal tax return before submitting the FAFSA, you may use estimated tax information, if necessary.
  • Visit Rutgers' Office of Financial Aid website at for updated information about the application process.
Please note that international students (F-1 or J-1 visa holders) are not eligible by law for need-based financial aid.

What Kinds of Financial Aid Can I Get?
Rutgers uses your FAFSA to develop a financial-aid package based on your qualifications, financial need and the funds available to the university. Your package may include any or a combination of these major financial aid sources:
  • Gift aid does not require repayment and is divided into three categories: grants (which recognize financial need) and scholarships and awards (which recognize academic merit, special talents, or other achievements).
  • Loans must be repaid (usually after graduation) and can come from private lenders as well as federal, state and university sources.
  • Work-study allows students to earn money for college expenses while gaining valuable skills - often in their intended field.