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.
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).
The School of Public Affairs and Administration will offer scholarship awards to Rutgers SPAA students. The scholarships listed below are available to students in the BA and MPA programs (including online MPA) as part of the School of Public Affairs & Administration respectively.
The awards are:
These scholarships are awarded to SPAA students based on the following criteria:
How to Apply: (for the spring 2017 semester, next announcement will be in Spring 2018 semester.)
Submit the following documents to Wendy Green electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org or hard copy by the end of the day on Friday, March 24th, 2017.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Final decisions will be made by April 14th and if selected, awards will be applied to the tuition bill for the fall 2017 semester.
Scholarship Selection Committee:
Dr. Madinah F. Hamidullah, Director of the BA Program
Dr. Stephanie Newbold, Director of the MPA Program
Dr. Annie Virkus, Associate Dean for Student and Academic Services
Dr. Yahong Zhang, Director of the International Programs
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 email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
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.
At this time, Rutgers SPAA is not offering a matching funds benefit.