Scholarships for New Students

Merit scholarships for incoming first-year or new transfer students are administered by Rutgers Admissions.  Please visit the scholarship page at Rutgers Admissions for more information on eligibility and application timeline. Further inquiries please reach out to questions@admissions.rutgers.edu.

Criteria for Renewal of First-Year Merit Scholarships

  • Rutgers University merit scholarships are awarded for up to the first 4 years of your undergraduate study at Rutgers.
  • Scholarship recipients at the School of Engineering must be actively pursuing a major in engineering.  Students must successfully complete 12 or more credits each semester and keep pace with the 4-year curriculum of an engineering program.
  • Students admitted to Rutgers in Fall 2018 or after must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better (3.5 or better for Presidential Scholarship).  Students enrolled prior to 2018 must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (3.25 or better for Presidential Scholarship).
  • For students in the BS/MS, BS/MEng or BS/MBA programs, University Merit Scholarships can only cover the undergraduate portion for up to 4 years.  The scholarships can not be extended to the 5th year (or the 4th year for students who complete their BS degree in 3 years) when students are enrolled as graduate students.  Students starting their Master's program can apply for scholarships or financial support through the graduate school

New transfer students from another school at Rutgers-New Brunswick

  • University merit-aid scholarships (Scarlet, Carr, Trustees, Henry Rutgers, Presidential, etc.) are not automatically transferable from one school to another, because the scholarships are awarded independently by each school at the time of admission based on the high school profile of the students.
  • School of Engineering may award up to the merit-aid scholarship that students were eligible to receive based on the School of Engineering standard at the time of their admission to Rutgers. Please note that since different schools may have a different standard for merit-based awards, school-to-school transfer students may lose their scholarships or qualify for a different award with a reduced amount.
  • After completing one semester of full-time study in an engineering major matriculating at the School of Engineering, transfer students are eligible to apply for the SoE endowed scholarships for continuing students

New Transfer Students From Outside Rutgers-New Brunswick

  • Rutgers offers scholarships to a select number of newly admitted external transfer students. Transfer student scholarships are competitive awards and are based on the academic strength of individual applicants, the overall strength of our applicant pool and available funding. No separate application is required.  Visit Rutgers Admissions for more information on available scholarships for new external transfer students.
  • After completing one semester of full-time study in an engineering major matriculating at the School of Engineering, transfer students are eligible to apply for the SoE endowed scholarships for continuing students