A support program for Rutgers undergraduates provides relief to thousands of students annually.
Admissions and Tuition
Rutgers welcomes a student body that reflects the diversity of the world around us. People of all backgrounds with varying interests and goals meet here to explore a rigorous academic curriculum and expand their horizons. Some students come to Rutgers planning to change the world, and others seek to find their place in it. No matter what path you’re on, a Rutgers degree opens doors and lays the foundation for success.
The Value of a Rutgers Degree
Rutgers graduates report starting salaries that match or exceed the national average for college graduates. The earning potential of a Rutgers degree is as great as one from much higher cost options, without the burden of significant debt after graduation. Additionally, a degree from Rutgers is paired with a lifelong connection to one of the largest worldwide alumni networks. Our alumni include entrepreneurs and leaders at top companies and national nonprofits.
Rutgers University–New Brunswick and RBHS graduates
Rutgers–New Brunswick and RBHS, Class of 2021
Key Due Dates
So, you've decided to apply. Be sure to meet these due dates for undergraduate applications:
November 1: Early Action (Fall Semester)
December 1: Regular Decision (Fall Semester)
February 15*: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
February 1: Transfer (Fall Semester)
October 1: First-Year and Transfer (Spring Semester)
*The FAFSA process is being updated as a result of the FAFSA Simplification Act. The FAFSA for the 2024-2025 academic year will be available in December, and the Rutgers priority filing deadline is February 15, 2024.
Take the First Step: Learn How to Apply
For first-year undergraduate students and undergraduate transfer students, the first step is completing and submitting your application and required credentials. Use just one application to apply at any Rutgers location. Independent decisions will be made for each school to which you apply. Applicants will be notified online about admissions decisions.
Tuition and Financial Aid
The most important step in the financial aid process is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Changes to the FAFSA: The FAFSA process is being updated as a result of the FAFSA Simplification Act. The FAFSA for the 2024–2025 academic year will be available in December, and the Rutgers priority filing deadline is February 15, 2024, for all incoming, continuing, and transfer students.
Completing the FAFSA annually is how students apply to receive federal grants, loans, merit-based scholarships from Rutgers, and work-study offers. FAFSA applications also determine if New Jersey students are eligible for state aid. All students are encouraged to submit a FAFSA every year.
Attending Rutgers, or any university, will have both direct and indirect costs, which typically include tuition, enrollment fees, housing expenses, costs for meal plans, books and class materials, transportation, and personal expenses. Tuition at Rutgers varies based on school affiliation, campus, and program. Other costs of attendance will vary based on housing circumstance, personal requirements, and other factors.
Continuing and admitted students who submit the FAFSA are automatically considered for a wide range of scholarships awarded by the Rutgers Office of Financial Aid. First-year student awards are awarded independently by the New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden locations of Rutgers University. Awards may differ by school and university.
All need-based university scholarship funds are awarded on the basis of financial need as determined by the information provided on the FAFSA. Even if you believe you will not qualify for need-based financial aid, it is still important to file the FAFSA, since some merit-based scholarships also have a need-based component.
Pathways to Rutgers
If you’re thinking about attending Rutgers, know that there are many paths that lead here. Whether you’re taking the traditional route through high school, transferring in from another university or community college, or if you’re coming back to school after being out of the classroom for years, you’ll find a path that leads you to where you belong at Rutgers.
President Jonathan Holloway envisions a culture that emphasizes diversity, inclusion, and respect.
All eligible New Jersey students can attend Rutgers tuition-free for four years through a combination of university, federal and state financial aid programs that make obtaining a college degree from the state university more accessible and affordable.