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 ranging from $3,500–$27,400 per year. Students will automatically be offered the highest monetary award for which they qualify. 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.
Most scholarships 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 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.
A limited number of merit-based awards are offered to International students who are studying on valid non-immigrant visas.
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.
- 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.
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 by November (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 45 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 grade point average of 3.8 for consideration; grades from all college course are considered. Due to the limited number of scholarship the actual GPA to be competitive to receive the scholarship is often much higher.
- Students must enroll directly from the community college, with no intervening enrollment at another institution.
Francis B. and Paige D. L’Hommedieu Scholarships
Francis B. and Paige D. L’Hommedieu Scholarship ($1,750–$3,500 per year) 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 grade point average of 3.8 for consideration; grades from all college courses are considered. Due to the limited number of scholarship the actual GPA to be competitive to receive the scholarship is often much higher.
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.
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: