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 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:

  • Marcia Lynn Whicker Memorial Endowed Scholarship (Awarded to deserving full‐time graduate students enrolled in the MPA Program on the Newark Campus of Rutgers)
  • Louis Eckstein Fellowship (Awarded to a deserving graduate student who has shown academic achievement)
  • Annette McIntyre Family Endowed Scholarship (Awarded to full-time MPA Students, provide financial assistance to qualified candidates dedicating their careers to public service)
  • GALA Anniversary Scholarship (To provide financial assistance to undergraduate students in our Public and Nonprofit Administration program)
  • SPAA Undergraduate Scholarship (SPAA undergraduate students only)
  • SPAA MPA Scholarship (SPAA graduate MPA students only)
  • SPAA Book Fund  (SPAA graduate and undergraduate students)

These scholarships are awarded to SPAA students based on the following criteria:

  • Academic Success. Academic success can be demonstrated by a GPA of 3.5 or higher, recommendation from a faculty member, rigorous course schedule, paper presented, or research experience.      
  • Commitment to Public Service. It can be measured by professional or volunteer record of serving the needs of a larger community or career path focused on public service.
  • Community Engagement: Students need to demonstrate a commitment to the greater Newark area in their personal statement by identifying how pursuing their degree will further their dedication to creating positive change within the community.  


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have completed 9 credits in the SPAA program
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better
  • Must be an active student in spring semester (when the scholarship announcements go out) and the following fall semester (when the aid is awarded). Active student means you must be registered for at least 3 credits
  • Students must remain in the same program when they apply for a scholarship (spring) and when scholarships are awarded (fall)

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 or hard copy by the end of the day on Friday, March 24th, 2017.

  • Completed application form (attached)
  • Personal statement (no more than 1,000 words) In your personal statement, please be specific in showing alignment between your experiences, successes and skill sets and the three criteria provided (Academic Success, Commitment to Public Service, or Community Engagement).
  • Current Resume
  • Unofficial copy of transcript (must be obtained from under the Academics Tab)
  • Recommendation by a SPAA faculty member [full-time faculty or part-time lecturer] (A faculty member can recommend up to two students and they cannot be in the selection committee). Recommendations can be sent directly to Ms. Wendy Green ( or can be given to the student to be included in their application package)

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

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 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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