First-Year Merit-Based Scholarships
Rutgers First-Year Student Awards
Admitted students who apply by December 1 and are offered admission to at least one school at Rutgers–New Brunswick will be considered for merit-based awards. For the fall 2020 incoming class, these scholarships range in amount from $3,500–$29,000 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 based on the academic strength of individual applicants, the overall competitiveness of our applicant pool, and available funding. Cumulative grade-point average, final course grades, the strength of an applicant’s academic program, and SAT or ACT scores are considered. We only consider SAT and ACT scores from exams taken before January 1 of the student’s senior year. There is no specific set of criteria that guarantees an award.
First-year student awards are awarded independently by each 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 beginning in late February, and only those students who are selected to receive a merit-based award are notified.
To be considered:
- Apply to Rutgers by December 1 and submit all required credentials within two weeks of the application due date.
Students who have an approved request for deferral and were offered a scholarship to their deferring school this year will be offered the same scholarship in the year of their enrollment. Students must follow all deferral guidelines in order to maintain their admission and their scholarship. Mason Gross School of the Arts students who defer their admission must re-audition or re-submit a portfolio for the year of their intended enrollment and scholarship awards will be based on their competitiveness in the entering class for that year.
International Student Scholarships
All admitted international students (on valid non-immigrant visas) are automatically considered for Rutgers international scholarships. No separate application is required. International students who wish to be considered for scholarships are encouraged to apply by either the early action or regular action application due dates. Given the limited availability, early applicants are more likely to be awarded scholarships. Scholarships range from $2,000–$10,000 per year.
The majority of international students support their undergraduate education through family, private, government or other funds. Some of the most academically accomplished international applicants to Rutgers may be offered scholarships. The process is very competitive as a limited number of scholarships are available each year.
Notification of scholarships is sent after an offer of admission. Scholarships are awarded for a total of four years of undergraduate education, and recipients will be expected to maintain a minimum of a 3.25 grade-point average.
National Merit Scholarships/College Sponsored Merit Award
Rutgers is a sponsoring institution for students selected by the National Merit Scholarship Committee to receive the College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Award ($1,000 per year, renewable). 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
Rutgers offers several endowed scholarships ($500–$5,000 per year) 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 includes 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 school in the California communities of San Jose, San Mateo, and Palm Desert. Scholarship 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 school in the California communities of San Jose, San Mateo, and Palm Desert.
- File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by December 1.
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 and prowess 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 by October 1 for spring admission (Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship only) or 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
Phi Theta Kappa scholarship ($8,000 per year) recipients are notified beginning in December (for spring enrollment) and April (for fall enrollment). Criteria for consideration are specific so please review them carefully:
- Students must be enrolled full time in a transfer program at a community college at the time of application.
- Students must be a member of their community college’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at the time of application.
- Students must have completed 45 credits at the time of application.
- Recipients traditionally have between a 3.9 and 4.0 cumulative grade-point average in all completed college courses. Scholarships are competitive awards and 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-New Brunswick via the Rutgers University Undergraduate Admissions Application by October 1 for spring admission or apply to Rutgers-New Brunswick via the Rutgers University Undergraduate Admissions Application or the Coalition for College by February 1 for fall admission. Submit all required credentials within two weeks of the application due date.
Francis B. and Paige D. L’Hommedieu Scholarships
Francis B. and Paige D. L’Hommedieu Scholarship ($1,750–$3,500 per year) awards are based upon available funds. Scholarship recipients are notified in July (for fall enrollment). 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.
- Student must have earned an associate’s degree in arts or science by June 1 and have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.8 for consideration; grades from all college courses are considered. Scholarships are competitive awards and based on the academic strength of individual applicants, the overall strength of our applicant pool, and available funding.
- Student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of application.
- No separate application is required. We will consider admitted transfer applicants who:
- Apply to Rutgers-New Brunswick via the Rutgers University Undergraduate Admissions Application or the Coalition for College by February 1 for fall admission. Submit all required credentials within two weeks of the application due date.
NJ STARS II
The New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (NJ STARS) II is a continuation of NJ STARS and provides eligible NJ STARS students attending NJ community colleges with funding (up to $1,250 per semester) to transfer to a NJ four-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree. 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.
- Eligible students may receive the NJ STARS II award for up to four consecutive semesters, excluding summer sessions.
- 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.
- 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.
We are proud to to be a Partner College of TheDream.US. As a Partner College, DREAMers are able to attend our university using the scholarship funds provided by TheDream.US. We are committed to DREAMers’ success. Please visit TheDream.US for National Scholarship eligibility requirements and application guidelines.
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:
How do I apply for a scholarship?
Submit your application to Rutgers by one of the following dates: December 1 for fall first-year admission; February 1 for fall transfer admission; or October 1 for spring transfer admission. No separate application is required. For information about other types of scholarships, see above.
What are the qualifications to receive a scholarship
We consider a student’s academic credentials within the context of the admitted student pool during a given year. Primary factors include SAT or ACT scores, grade-point average, course grades, and strength of curriculum. Our admissions profile shows the test score ranges for the middle 50% of high school students regularly admitted to Rutgers for fall 2019; 25% of admitted students last year had scores above these ranges.
Mason Gross School of the Arts reviews talent measured through the portfolio, audition, or interview to determine scholarship eligibility.
When will I be notified of my scholarship?
Only admitted students who are offered a scholarship are notified of their awards. Incoming first-year admitted students are notified beginning in late February. Spring transfer admitted students are notified of their awards in December, while fall transfer admitted students are notified in March.
What types of scholarships do you offer and what are the eligibility requirements?
We offer many types of scholarships through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. See above to learn more about the eligibility requirements for each scholarship.
If I enroll and later decide to transfer to another Rutgers school (such as from School of Arts and Sciences to Rutgers Business School), will I still get my scholarship?
Scholarships are not transferrable between schools at Rutgers, as scholarships are awarded within the context of the applicant pool for each academic school during a given year according to available funds.
Are international students considered for scholarships?
International students are considered for scholarships of up to $10,000 per year. International student scholarships are limited in number and competitive. Just like traditional first-year merit awards, students should apply no later than the December 1 application due date for the following fall semester.
Do you accept updated ACT/SAT scores for scholarship and honors consideration?
Only scores from exams completed prior to January 1 of the senior year are considered for scholarship and honors opportunities.
Is my scholarship renewable?
First-year merit based awards are renewable for three additional years provided you complete 24 credits per year and maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA (3.5 cumulative GPA for the Presidential Scholarship).
If I didn’t receive a scholarship offer, can I get one after my first year?
Academic schools within Rutgers offer a small number of continuing student scholarships each year. These scholarships are generally based on your cumulative college GPA and are awarded directly by the school.
I received an honors invitation! Does this mean I definitely get a scholarship?
Not all students who receive an honors invitation will receive a scholarship. At the same time, not all scholarship recipients will receive an honors invitation.
What happens to a student’s scholarship offer if they do not enroll?
Scholarships are not reallocated. There are scholarship opportunities available to continuing students based on their academic performance at Rutgers. Continuing students should contact their academic school about potential scholarship opportunities.
How do I accept my scholarship and/or honors offer?
First-year students automatically accept their merit scholarship and/or honors offer by accepting our offer of admission by the May 1 candidate’s reply date. Other types of scholarship recipients (i.e. PTK, endowed, etc.) will receive instructions via email about how to accept the award or required materials to submit.
Since I am a legacy student (my parent, grandparent, etc. graduated from Rutgers), do I automatically receive a scholarship?
Rutgers does not use legacy status for admission or merit scholarship consideration.
If I defer my admission, can I keep my scholarship and/or honors invitation?
Provided you follow all of the deferral guidelines and are not requesting an admission deferral for Mason Gross School of the Arts, you will maintain your scholarship and honors invitation for the following fall semester. You may only defer admission and maintain your scholarship offer for one school. If you defer your admission to the spring, you will maintain your scholarship; however, honors offers will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Admission deferrals and scholarships for Mason Gross are not guaranteed. Applicants must reaudition or resubmit their portfolio for admission and scholarship review. Academic components of the application do not need to be resubmitted.