Financial Assistance, Scholarships & Fellowships


Financial Aid

Federal Student Aid for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Most students finance their degree through working with the Office of Financial Aid, using loans to pay for each semester and then repaying over an extended period of time. Those interested in low interest Federal Direct Loans must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) using Rutgers University Code 002629. The FAFSA should be completed two to three months prior to the start of classes in order for the information to be processed in time. Students must complete a FASFA for each school year that they wish to be considered for Federal Student Aid.

Financial Support for Graduate Students
Graduate student loan options include: Federal Direct Loans, Federal Graduate PLUS Loans, and Private Loans. After completing the FAFSA, credit-worthy students can also apply for a Federal Graduate PLUS Loan or a Private Loan to supplement their Direct Loans(s). The Office of Financial Aid offers Financial Information for Graduate and Professional Students. The university’s GradFund program offers information and support about external funding.

Financial Support for Doctoral Students
Financial assistance is available to doctoral students in the form of merit-based assistantships and fellowships, need-based and non-need based grants and loans, and employment opportunities through Rutgers SPAA. For more information see Financial Support for Doctoral Students.


Student Employment Opportunities

Part-time Opportunties at Rutgers SPAA
Rutgers SPAA offers students the opportunty to offset their education costs through part-time teaching and research-related employment opportunities such as Teaching Assistants, Course Assistamts, and Research Assistants positions. Announcements for applications to these positions are sent out to students.

Part-time Opportunities through Rutgers University
Students at Rutgers University can apply for part-time positions to help pay for the cost of their education. The Student Employment Office in the Office of Financial Aid administers two programs: the Federal Work Study Program (FWSP) and the Job Location and Development Program (JLDP).


SPAA Scholarships & Fellowships

The School of Public Affairs and Administration offers awards for Rutgers SPAA students on an annual basis. These partial awards are offered to students on the basis of academic performance and career goals. A call for applications comes out each Fall semester, awards are announced later that semester, and then awards are applied to the tuition bill for the following Spring semester.

The awards are:

  • Marcia Lynn Whicker Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship honors a former faculty member and beloved colleague. The family, friends, and colleagues of Professor Marcia Lynn Whicker support the scholarship. Winners of the award must be full-time students (9 credits per semester) in good standing, and employed in, or planning to enter, public service careers.
  • Annette McIntyre Fellowship: This fellowship is funded by Daniel J. McIntyre, a 1989 graduate of the MPA Program, in honor of his late wife, Annette. Recipients of the award must be full-time students (9 credits per semester) enrolled in the MPA Program, be in good academic standing, have completed at least 18 credits in the program, and have public service experience and career goals. 
  • Christine Todd Whitman Annual Scholarship: This scholarship, funded by Governor Whitman, is awarded to full-time female undergraduate or graduate students based on academic merit and with a preference for those demonstrating need. Qualified students must meet the appropriate university requirements each year to demonstrate their eligibility for financial aid.
  • Merit Scholarship: This scholarship is for part-time or full-time undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a Public Service Major, MPA, or MPH degree. The recipient must demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to service in a government or nonprofit organization.

SPAA Graduate Student Conference Travel Fund

Limited funds are available from the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) to support graduate student travel to conferences. The maximum amount available for each student is up to $500.

In order to be considered for this travel fund, please provide documentation of acceptance for the conference and an abstract of the presentation. If awarded, funds will be used to reimburse expenses after the conference has occurred. Reimbursements for travel must follow School and university policies and procedures.

Send your request for consideration to Melissa Rivera, PhD, Associate Dean for Finance, Technology and Administration, at melar@rutgers.edu. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.


Unemployed Workers Waiver

Rutgers University is a participating institution in the New Jersey Unemployed Workers Tuition Waiver Program. Every participating institution prepares its own policy to govern the process of maintaining this valuable resource for our state's unemployed population. See the Office of the Registrar for more information on Unemployed Workers Waiver.


AmeriCorp Awards

At this time, Rutgers SPAA is not offering a matching funds benefit.

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