Parent's Guide to Applying for Financial Aid
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Applying for financial aid can seem complicated for students and their families, but the Office of Financial Aid at Rutgers is eager to guide you through the process, answering all of your questions along the way.
Learn more about how you–the parent–can help your son or daughter navigate their financial options.
FERPA: What is it?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that affords parents the right to have access to their children's education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the education records. When a student turns 18 years old, or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, the rights under FERPA transfer from the parents to the student.
If the student wishes that their parent have access to educational information, the student must complete a FERPA Release form.
Cost of Attendance
There are a number of tools parents can use to help determine the cost of attendance at Rutgers University. Explore options using the net price calculator, or view estimated costs by school and program.
Term Bill Due Dates & Fees
The Office of Student Accounting, Billing, and Cashiering is responsible for collecting term bills and late fees. Students can access their student account to view or pay the term bill, confirm attendance, and manage refunds.
Parental Information: RBHS Students
Parental information is required for any graduate/professional student who wishes to be considered for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Title VII funds (including Loans for Disadvantaged Students and the Health Professions Student Loan).
Change in Family Circumstances
Some students and families experience unexpected issues that may impact their ability to contribute to educational expenses. A Change in Family Circumstances form will provide the Office of Financial Aid with important information to review your specific case.
PLUS Loan Information
Parents of undergraduate students can apply for PLUS loans to help cover the expenses of education.
News & Announcements
Wondering why the financial aid you see on your Rutgers Financial Aid Offer Letter doesn’t appear on your term bill? Read more to find out why there may be a discrepancy. If your financial aid is not on your term bill, here’s why: You have not submitted all documents our office has requested. Check your…
When you apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year, your information goes through a verification process if you are selected by the federal government or the school. Our office may request additional documentation from you in order to verify the information from your FAFSA. You will…