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Paying for College

Invest in Your Future

At Rutgers University-Newark, we keep the cost of attendance low to put a top-quality education within reach of as many people as possible. Through financial aid, scholarships and expert guidance, we’re committed to helping you make your dream a reality.

The Value of a Rutgers-Newark Degree

Entering undergraduates receive financial aid

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Undergraduates employed or in grad school within 6 months of graduation
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Net Price Calculator

What will it really cost to attend Rutgers? Probably less than you think. Run the numbers to discover your net price—the difference between the full cost of attendance, minus any grants or scholarships for which you may qualify.

Cost for Undergraduates

Special Scholarships

We automatically consider all applicants for most scholarships. But these five are aimed at specific types of students and require a separate application.

Garden State Guarantee

The Garden State Guarantee (GSG) is New Jersey’s promise to make a college degree more accessible and affordable. By reducing out-of-pocket costs for students and families, New Jersey is limiting the amount of debt that residents must borrow to attend an in-state, public college or university. This program further builds on Governor Phil Murphy’s commitment to improving college affordability.


Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship was created for students who are attending a New Jersey community college and are members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Rutgers University–Newark Talent and Opportunity Pathways Program

RU–N to the TOP covers the cost of in-state tuition and fees for newly admitted eligible undergraduate students from across New Jersey.

Honors Living-Learning Community

A “last-dollar” scholarship that covers room and board for HLLC students after all other grants and scholarships have been applied.

NJ STARS II Scholarship  

The New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (NJ STARS) II is a continuation of NJ STARS and provides eligible NJ STARS students attending NJ community colleges with funding (up to $1,250 per semester) to transfer to a NJ four-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree. Please review the information provided by the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) for full details about NJ STARS II eligibility requirements.

The Dream.US

This scholarship opportunity is for undocumented students and DREAMers! TheDream.US scholarships award up to $29,000 to community college transfer applicants with an associate’s degree and up to $33,000 for high school graduate applicants obtaining a bachelor’s degree. Scholarships are awarded to help cover tuition, fees, books, supplies, and transportation expenses for students who would otherwise be unable to attend college.

More Scholarships for Rutgers Students

Scholarships are a form of gift aid and do not need to be repaid. Continuing and admitted students who submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are automatically considered for a wide range of scholarships awarded by the Office of Financial Aid. Even if you believe you will not qualify for need-based financial aid, it is still important to file the application, since some merit scholarships also have a need-based component.