Frequently Asked Questions: Applying for Financial Aid

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» What forms do I need to complete to apply for financial aid?

You will only need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online at fafsa.gov to apply for financial aid. Rutgers Biomedical and Health Science students will need to complete an additional application for financial aid, which can be found here: go.rutgers.edu/RBHSFAPP.

You will need to submit your 2015 tax returns on the FAFSA (for the 2017-2018 academic year). You can easily import your returns using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

» What is the deadline to apply for financial aid?

Priority deadlines have changed for the 2017-2018 school year. Incoming students (high school seniors) should file the FAFSA before the December 1 priority deadline.

Rutgers undergraduate and graduate continuing students should file the FAFSA before the priority deadline of January 15.

» Which FAFSA should I file?

If you will be attending college between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, you should file a 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You need to file a new FAFSA every year you are enrolled at Rutgers to be eligible for financial aid.

» How long will it take for Rutgers to receive my FAFSA?

The Office of Financial Aid will begin to process incoming FAFSA forms in January 2017. However, you may not receive an award notification until mid-March.

» What is the FAFSA Title IV Code/school code for Rutgers?

Rutgers school code is 002629.

» What happens if I file the FAFSA after the priority deadline?

Filing the FAFSA by the priority deadline ensures that you will be considered for all available aid. If you file after the priority filing deadline of December 1 (for incoming students) or January 15 (for continuing students) and are eligible to receive financial aid, an aid package will still be constructed for you, but you may miss out on some campus-based funding.