Scholarships
First-Year Scholarships
Transfer Scholarships
Private Scholarships
Frequently Asked Questions

 

FIRST-YEAR MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS


Rutgers First-Year Student Awards ($3,500 - $26,200 per year, renewable)
Admitted students who apply by December 1 and plan to enroll in 2016 will be considered for awards ranging from $3,500 - $26,200 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 set for each scholarship.
Merit-based awards are competitive and are based on the academic strength and prowess 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. Not all awards are renewable. Scholarship 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, 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 school in the California communities of San Jose, San Mateo, and Palm Desert. 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 school 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, 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 based on the academic strength and prowess of individual applicants, the overall strength of our applicant pool and available funding. No separate application is required.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships ($8,000 per year)
Students who are attending community college and are members of the college’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society are considered for PTK scholarships. Scholarship recipients are notified by December (for spring enrollment) and April (for fall enrollment). Criteria for consideration are specific; please review it carefully.
     To be considered:
     • Transfer applicants must apply by October 1 for spring admission and February 1 for fall admission.
     • Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
     • Students must be enrolled full-time in a transfer program at a community college.
     • Students must be a member of their community college’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
     • Students must have earned an associate’s degree in arts or science by the time of enrollment and have a minimum grade point average of 3.8 for consideration.
     • Students must enroll directly from the associate degree-granting community college, with no intervening enrollment at another institution.

Francis B. and Paige D. L’Hommedieu Scholarships ($1,750-$3,500 per year)
Students who are enrolled full-time in a transfer program at a New Jersey community college and are applying for fall admission are considered for the Francis B. and Paige D. L’Hommedieu Scholarship. Scholarship recipients are notified in July.
     To be considered:
     • Transfer applicants must apply by February 1 for fall admission.
     • Students must be enrolled full-time in a transfer program at a New Jersey community college.
     • Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
     • Students must have earned an associate’s degree in arts or science by June 1 and have a minimum grade point average of 3.8 for consideration.

NJ STARS II (New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship II) (up to $2,500 per year)
NJ STARS II is a continuation of NJ STARS and provides successful 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 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.

     • All potentially eligible students must submit a final official transcript certifying the receipt of an associate’s degree with date of completion to the Office of University Undergraduate Admissions Operations Center
     • All students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year and meet the established deadlines for New Jersey
     • All students must notify the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) of their intent to enroll at Rutgers University and meet the state deadlines for submitting Applicant Information Requests (AIR’s), verification documents, college choice changes, and corrections to ineligible conditions

Minimum criteria for consideration:
     • Be authorized NJ STARS or non-funded recipients 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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PRIVATE SCHOLARSHIPS
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
     • Finaid.org
     • Fastweb.com
     • Zinch.com
     • Cappex.com
     • Scholarshiphelp.org
     • Go.Salliemae.com/scholarships

 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SCHOLARSHIPS

Q: What factors are considered during the awarding of 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.
 
Q: 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 pool. 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 with 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 to defer 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 the Honors College. Will I be offered a merit-based award?
A: Yes. All students who are invited to the Honors College will be offered a merit-based award. Amounts may vary. Students are notified by email of their award.

Q: I was offered an invitation to a school’s Honors Program. Will I be offered a merit based award?
A: Not necessarily. While some schools’ honors programs may offer scholarships, others do not. An invitation to an Honors Program does not guarantee a scholarship offer.

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