Scholarships are not a financial aid (i.e., need-based) program; however, some donors may require that a Free Application for Federal Studen Aid (FAFSA) be completed before considering a student for merit-based scholarships.  Nevertheless, all scholarship awards are incorporated into your financial aid package.  That's why most university scholarships are credited to students' accounts through the Office of Financial Aid.

A number of prestigious university merit awards of varying amounts are available to bright and talented students who choose Rutgers for their college education.

All admitted students who apply for admission by the university's priority dates are automatically considered for merit scholarships offered through the Office of University Undergraduate Admissions.  The following links provide information about such awards:

Scholarship renewal is subject to maintaining the required grade point average and level of academic progress.

Undergraduate, New Jersey residents may qualify for state scholarships. Click here for more information.


Graduate students are encouraged to check with their respective Admissions Office:

There are many sources of scholarship funds, which are external to Rutgers University.  Resources include, but are not limited to:

  • Internet (such as FASTWEB)

  • High school guidance office

  • Community organizations (such as 4-H and Knights of Columbus)

  • Student’s, parent’s or spouse’s employer

  • Public library

When researching external scholarship opportunities be very careful of scholarship scams.


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