How to Apply for Financial Aid | 2017-2018

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Deadline Changes for 2017-2018

Read more about the new federal, state, and Rutgers deadlines for applying for financial aid.

Did You Know?

If you have been awarded federal direct loans and/or Perkins loans, you must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN). The MPN provides information regarding your responsibilities as a student loan borrower.

State Deadlines

View important deadlines for state aid.


Applying for financial aid is free and easy. Simply review the steps below to get started. You can also explore scholarships, tuition payment plans, and other types of aid to help fund your education at Rutgers.

Select an option to learn how to apply for financial aid at Rutgers.

Rutgers Students

To apply for federal and state financial aid (grant and scholarship aid), as well as institutional aid, follow these steps:


Important Dates and Deadlines

Complete the FAFSA by the priority filing deadline to maximize your options for financial aid resources.

Rutgers Priority Deadlines For Filing the FAFSA
Returning Rutgers StudentsIncoming Rutgers Students
January 15, 2017December 1, 2016


Renewal ApplicantsNonrenewal applicants
(for fall 2017 and spring 2018)
***June 1, 2017***September 15, 2017
You may need to follow additional deadlines to remain eligible for state aid. Review the complete listing of all New Jersey state deadlines.
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Students

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) students attend one of the following schools:

If you are a student at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy or in any undergraduate nursing program, please follow the steps under the Rutgers students section (above) to apply for financial aid.
  • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • School of Nursing (graduate)
  • New Jersey Medical School
  • Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Health Professions
  • School of Public Health

To apply for financial aid, follow these steps:

RBHS students may also be eligible for alternative funding resources as part of the Department of Health and Human Services Title VII Program.