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.
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 university’s GradFund program offers information and support about external funding.
Financial assistance is available to graduate students in the form of merit-based assistantships and fellowships, as well as need-based and non-need based grants and loans. For more detailed and official information about these forms of financial aid, please see:
Importantly, many graduate students at the university receive fellowships funded by sources outside the university. Prospective as well as current doctoral students are encouraged to apply for externally funded fellowships and scholarships as early as possible. The university’s GradFund program offers information and support about external funding:
Non-US students are encouraged to apply for fellowships and scholarships that may be available from their home countries to support their education in the US.
SPAA Policies and Procedures for Financial Support for Doctoral Students
In addition to the financial aid referenced above, SPAA provides limited part-time teaching and research-related employment opportunities to doctoral students to help them afford their education and living expenses. SPAA’s general policies and procedures are as follows:
Part-time teaching and work opportunities will be announced to all doctoral students, who must then apply for these positions by the deadline and with all required information. Applications are reviewed by the Dean’s Office and the PhD Director.
Students with assistantships and fellowships are not eligible for part-time teaching and employment at SPAA during the academic year (other than what may be required as part of their assistantship or fellowship). These students are, however, eligible for part-time summer employment.
Students who have received four years of financial aid from assistantships and fellowships are generally expected to complete their degree during the four years of funding. There is no promise of support from SPAA in the fifth year or beyond, and any teaching or part-time employment opportunities will be offered only to highly qualified candidates who have made substantial progress toward completing their dissertations.
Selection of students for part-time teaching and research work at SPAA will take into account academic merit, work experience, qualifications for the position, and past performance in part-time teaching or research jobs at SPAA.
The amount of financial support already provided to the student in the past (including fellowships, scholarships, and part-time employment) will be considered in the selection process, so that SPAA’s limited resources can be used as equitably as possible.
Students living outside of the New York–Newark–Jersey City, NY–NJ–PA Metropolitan Statistical Area are generally not eligible for part-time teaching or research work at SPAA.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Student Employment Opportunities
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 Assistants, and Research Assistants positions. Announcements for applications to these positions are sent out to students.
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).