Merit-Aid Scholarships: Renewal and Appeal

Undergraduate students with full time status can receive Merit-Aid Scholarships for up to 4 years in total at Rutgers-NB.  The scholarships are automatically renewed each year if students meet the criterion for renewal.  Students do not need to submit a scholarship application for the renewal.  Please note this is different from the endowed School of Engineering Scholarships for continuing students.  Students will need to reapply each year in order to receive the endowed SoE scholarships.

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Criterion for Renewal

  • Merit-Aid scholarships are awarded for up to the first 4 years of undergraduate study at Rutgers.
  • Scholarship recipients at the School of Engineering must be enrolled in one of the Engineering majors, and must remain full-time (taking 12 or more credits each semester and complete 24 or more credits each academic year) at Rutgers.
  • Students awarded before 12/1/2017 must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (3.25 or better for Presidential Scholarship).  Students awarded after 12/1/2017 must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better (3.5 or better for Presidential Scholarship).  Please visit the scholarship page at the Office of Financial Aid for the detailed requirement and additional stipulation on the renewal of Merit-Aid Scholarships.
  • For students in the BS/MS or BS/MBA programs, Merit-Aid Scholarships can only cover the undergraduate portion for up to 4 years.  The scholarships can not be extended to the 5th year when students are enrolled as graduate students.  For the 5th year, students can apply for scholarships or financial support through the graduate school


  • Students enrolled in the 5-year Bioenvironmental Engineering program (Major Code 117) are eligible to receive an one-year extension to cover the 5th year of their undergraduate study. 
  • Graduating seniors who need less than 12 credits but more than half time (6 credits or more) to graduate in their last semester of undergraduate studies
    • Eligible to receive a prorated portion of their merit-aid scholarships based on the cost for attendance and the number of credits taken during the last semester
    • Graduating Presidential scholars with part-time status living on campus are eligible to receive the R & B portion of the scholarship. Graduating Presidential scholars with part-time status living off-campus, the R & B portion will be prorated based on the number of credits; in which case, the Office of Financial Aid would require a copy of the signed lease.  Please note that the commuters are not eligible for the R & B portion of the Presidential scholarship.
    • The prorated Merit-Aid Scholarship will not exceed the budget, which means under no circumstance students will receive a refund check from the scholarship.

Transfer of Merit-Aid Scholarships from Another School at RU-NB

  • 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

Merit-Aid Scholarship Appeal

  • Students who cannot meet the renewal criterion listed above will not receive the merit-aid scholarship starting from the following academic year.  The notifications of denial will be sent to the students by Rutgers Office of Financial Aid via email by early July each year. 
  • Full-time students are eligible to request for a reinstatement once they can improve the cumulative GPA to 3.0 or better (3.25 or better for Presidential Scholarship).  For reinstatements, please reach out to the SoE Scholarship Committee (scholarships @ if you meet the renewal criteria for merit-aid scholarships.