Support for Students and Learning

Financial Aid is more than a means to an education. It is an investment in talent and an opportunity to touch a life, lift a family, and sometimes even transform an entire community.

In turn, these gifted students bring a wide range of experiences and perspectives to share, significantly, broadening everyone’s education. We’re stronger and richer for their presence.

For generations of students, Rutgers–Newark has been a place of opportunity. Today, as in decades past, many come here from disadvantaged backgrounds, work to meet educational expenses, represent the first members of their families to attend college, and/or speak a language other than English at home. For all of these students, Rutgers–Newark provides an unprecedented pathway to success.


Scholarships and Fellowships

The university is committed to sustaining this tradition of opportunity, and scholarship support is essential.

Scholarships help undergraduate students afford tuition, lessen their debt, and reduce the hours they need to work so they can focus on their studies, complete internships, and perform undergraduate research with distinguished professors.

Graduate students represent the next generation of scholars in all arts and science disciplines. At the graduate level, fellowships are especially vital, meeting students’ financial need and helping NCAS compete for the best candidates. In addition, fellowship funding helps raise the national profile of NCAS’ graduate programs because many rankings weigh the level of fellowship support as a measure of program quality.


Additional NCAS Funding Priorities

In addition to helping meet financial needs, donors can enhance students’ learning by funding programs like these:

Undergraduate Research  The experience of working with faculty on original research is one of the most rewarding and transformational the college has to offer, and NCAS is committed to greatly expanding the number of students who can take part. Stipends are needed so students can focus and participate fully in these exciting opportunities without incurring debt or splitting their time with paid employment.

The Honors College  Serving some 300 high-achieving undergraduates, the Honors College program helps attract outstanding students with the kinds of experiences they would encounter at top private institutions. These students have their pick of colleges and choose Rutgers–Newark for its faculty, curricula, research opportunities, and campus diversity. Most graduate in three years and go on to medical school, law school, or graduate programs. With increased funding, the aim is to serve many more students.

The Educational Opportunity Fund Program  This model program brings students from some of the most disadvantaged high schools in the country and, with careful support, helps them graduate at the same rate as the campus population as a whole. Investment in the program directly advances the mission of expanding educational opportunity.