Taking Summer Classes at Rutgers

By Maniyah Goodwine

The semester is winding down and you realize that you need to take summer courses to stay on track or catch up. Here are a few tips on how to navigate and pay for your summer classes.

Where to Stay

Staying on campus may be more expensive than subletting or renting a room locally. There are pros and cons to both options, some of which are discussed in our article on housing.

  • If you cannot afford to stay on campus, try subletting. They’re are plenty of places that rent rooms out to college students over the summer. Be mindful that amenities like Wi-Fi, cable, and garbage disposal may not be included in the rental costs.
  • Look into programs or job opportunities that provide free housing.
  • If you find that you do need to stay on campus, be sure to only apply for the amount of housing you need. For example, if you are only taking courses during the first summer session, be sure to only apply for housing for that time period.
  • You could also look into commuting. Planning your courses on a schedule that is conducive to your lifestyle may allow you to drive to class instead of staying on campus.


  • Be sure to register on time to avoid late fees.
  • To be eligible for financial aid you must be taking at a certain amount of.
  • Rutgers does offer a payment plan if you find that you are unable to pay the full balance.
  • Try not to overload yourself with courses. Summer classes are condescended and as a result have to move at an accelerated pace.


  • Rutgers’s does not typically have their dining halls open throughout the summer so you’re essentially on your own when it comes to cooking. This is another added expense you should factor in.
  • Try farmer’s markets for affordable fresh food.
  • Look at the circulars to find deals and coupons. It’s something that we watched our parents do as they prepared to the grocery shopping. Utilizing store circular will help you find good deals on food and save you some cash.
  • Don’t toss the left overs! If you don’t like the taste of left over after putting them in the microwave, try using different appliances like the oven to reheat them.
  • In addition to changing the way you reheat things, get creative with your leftovers. Try reinventing them. This way no food that you buy goes to waste.


  • Although campus may seem dead, there are plenty of things to get involved in. Rutgers Summer Session comes together to plan weekly events. These events tend to be free and full of freebies!