Did You Know?

If you have been offered 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 borrowers.

How to Apply

Applying for financial aid is free and easy via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial aid funds, including student loans, are paid to the student’s tuition account at the beginning of each semester, as long as verification is complete. Each disbursement will represent one-half of the amount awarded unless the student has requested and is eligible for a single term loan. In the case of a single term loan, the funds will be paid at the beginning of the term for which the student has requested the loan.

The New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application allows NJ Dreamers enrolled in eligible New Jersey colleges and universities to apply for state financial aid.

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:

 

File the FAFSA

 

Important Dates and Deadlines

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

2024-2025 Deadlines

Rutgers Priority Deadlines For Filing the FAFSA
Returning Rutgers Students Incoming Rutgers Students
March 15, 2024 March 15, 2024
STATE GRANT DEADLINES for FILING THE FAFSA
Renewal Applicants Nonrenewal applicants
(for fall 2023 and spring 2024)
June 1, 2024 September 15, 2024
Note:You may need to follow additional deadlines to remain eligible for state aid. Review the complete listing of all New Jersey state deadlines.

2023-2024 Deadlines

Rutgers Priority Deadlines For Filing the FAFSA
Returning Rutgers Students Incoming Rutgers Students
January 15, 2023 December 1, 2022
STATE GRANT DEADLINES for FILING THE FAFSA
Renewal Applicants Nonrenewal applicants
(for fall 2022 and spring 2023)
April 15, 2023 September 15, 2023
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Students

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

Note: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.
  • School of Graduate Studies – RBHS Newark
  • 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:

  • File the FAFSA for the academic year you will be attending Rutgers.
    • If you are also applying for New Jersey state financial aid, you will be prompted to answer some additional questions at the end of the FAFSA to help New Jersey determine your eligibility for state aid programs.
  • Complete a master promissory note and entrance counseling (if accepting federal loans).

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

File the FAFSA

NJ Dreamers

If you are an NJ Dreamer, you may be eligible for state financial aid through the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application (NJAFAA).

Complete the NJAFAA if you live in New Jersey, are not eligible to complete the FAFSA, and meet all of the following criteria:

  • Attended a New Jersey high school for at least 3 years.
  • Graduated from a New Jersey high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in New Jersey.
  • Are able to file an affidavit stating that you have filed an application to legalize your immigration status or will file an application as soon as your are eligible to do so.

Click here for NJAFAA deadlines.

Reminder: 2024-2025 Deadlines

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 Students Incoming Rutgers Students
March 15, 2024 March 15, 2024
STATE GRANT DEADLINES for FILING THE FAFSA
Renewal Applicants Nonrenewal applicants
(for fall 2023 and spring 2024)
June 1, 2024 September 15, 2024
Note:You may need to follow additional deadlines to remain eligible for state aid. Review the complete listing of all New Jersey state deadlines.
Reminder: 2023-2024 Deadlines

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 Students Incoming Rutgers Students
January 15, 2023 December 1, 2022
STATE GRANT DEADLINES for FILING THE FAFSA
Renewal Applicants Nonrenewal applicants
(for fall 2022 and spring 2023)
***April 15, 2023*** September 15, 2023
Note: You may need to follow additional deadlines to remain eligible for state aid. Review the complete listing of all New Jersey state deadlines.