Scholarships and Aid

NJCU offers a number of graduate scholarships, some of which are University-based and open to all areas of study, and others that are awarded on a departmental basis according to specific criteria. Please read each description carefully for eligibility and application requirements: 

Graduate Scholarships by Department

Robert Noyce Scholarships for STEM Teachers in NJ

This scholarship is for STEM majors who are obtaining secondary teaching certifications in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Geoscience, or Biology.  They may receive one-year stipends of up to $17,000 to complete their teacher certification requirements.  Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher and apply online by February 15, 2017.  For further information, email NSFNoyce@njcu.edu

Music, Dance, and Theatre Scholarship

This award is designed for both undergraduate and graduate Music Dance and Theatre major students.  Award amount is $600 or up to $800 under special circumstances.  Award is based on audition.  For more information, contact Dr. Min Kim, (201) 200 3151 mkim@njcu.edu.

The Piano Alumni Scholarship Fund

This award is designed for undergraduate or graduate Piano major students.  Award is based on audition.  For more information, contact Dr. Min Kim, (201) 200 3151 mkim@njcu.edu.

Classical Music Scholarship

This award is designed for undergraduate and graduate Classical Music major students, preference for Piano.  Award amount is at least 50% but not more than 100% of tuition and fees.  Award is based on audition.  For more information, contact Dr. Min Kim, (201) 200 3151 mkim@njcu.edu.

Kim Music Scholarship

This award is designed for undergraduate and graduate Music major students, preference for Piano.  Award amount is $2500.  Award is based on audition.  For more information, contact Dr. Min Kim, (201) 200 3151 mkim@njcu.edu.

Harriet Vigersky Music Scholarship

This award is designed for undergraduate and graduate Music major students.  Award amount is $3000.  Award is based on audition.  For more information, contact Dr. Min Kim, (201) 200 3151 mkim@njcu.edu.

MDT Endowed Scholarship

This award is designed for undergraduate and graduate Classical Music major students, preference for Piano.  Award amount is $600-$800.  Award is based on audition.  For more information, contact Dr. Min Kim, (201) 200 3151 mkim@njcu.edu.

Maher Classical Music Endowed Scholarship

This award is designed for undergraduate and graduate Music major students.  Award amount could be as much as 50% but not more than 100% of tuition and fees.  Award is based on audition.  For more information, contact Dr. Min Kim, (201) 200 3151 mkim@njcu.edu.

The Caroline L. Guarini Scholarship Fund. Margaret Williams Scholarship, Guarini MDT Presidential Scholarship, Friends of Music and Art Scholarship

These awards are designed for undergraduate and graduate Music major students.  Award is based on audition.  For more information, contact Dr. Min Kim, (201) 200 3151 mkim@njcu.edu.

“Bel Canto” Scholarship for Vocal Excellence Fund
This award is designated for undergraduate or graduate Vocal Performance majors. The student must maintain a cumulative and term GPA of 3.0, and must pass all core music curriculum courses. It is recommended that applicants participate in two music ensembles and/or perform a leading role in an NJCU opera production. Award recommendations will be made at the sole discretion of the Coordinator of Vocal Studies. For more information, contact Dr. Donna Connolly, (201)200-2018 dconnolly@njcu.edu

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS

Graduate assistantships are prestigious appointments that allow full-time, degree seeking students the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience while studying at NJCU. 

General Information on Graduate Assistantships

  • A limited number are awarded each year to highly-qualified graduate students. 
  • Graduate assistantships cover tuition and fees for full-time study (9-15 credits per semester). 
  • Graduate assistants are required to work in a University department or office for 18 hours each week, for which they receive a stipend of $3,500 over the academic year ($1,750 per semester). 
  • Graduate assistants may not hold a full-time job either inside or outside the University, and they may not be graduate assistants during a semester when they are student teaching. 
  • Graduate assistants may also apply for Federal Student Loans to assist with costs related to full-time graduate study.  
  • To be eligible, a student must be matriculated in a degree program.   
  • For the full year, the initial application deadline for graduate assistantships is April 1; most appointments are made by June 30. For the very limited, spring semester assistantships only, the deadline is December 1. 

How to Apply for a Graduate Assistantship
In addition to matriculation requirements, applicants must submit a resume and write a letter to the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, located in Hepburn Hall room 309, (201)200-3003. The letter should discuss the educational goals of your assistantship and full-time degree study, and should include prior work experience, skills, and academic background. If you have already begun graduate studies at NJCU, you should discuss your initial progress. Applicants may apply for a graduate assistantship when they apply for graduate admission and matriculation, but they will not become eligible until their matriculation has been approved by their department.

The applicant may specify an office or department that would be of particular interest for employment, but this is neither required nor guaranteed. Graduate assistants are assigned by the Office of Vice President of Academic Affairs. A student may be assigned to an office or department unrelated to their area of study.

FEDERAL STUDENT AID

Graduate students who are matriculated in a degree or certification program may be eligible for federal loans. To be eligible for a Direct Federal Student Loan, a graduate student must either be matriculated in a degree program or enrolled in a certificate program by the first day of the term in which they intend to use their student aid, and must be enrolled for at least six credits. In addition, a student seeking a Direct Federal Loan for a summer term must have received such student aid in either the prior spring or fall term. Students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for Direct Stafford Loans. 

In addition to completing the FAFSA for the appropriate year, the student must meet specific criteria to be eligible for graduate loans. 

Non-matriculated students are not eligible to receive federal or state financial aid or loans, but may apply for certain private education student loans. 

Have questions about the FAFSA? Visit our Financial Aid TV site, or contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional information at (201) 200-3173 or finaid@njcu.edu

OTHER TYPES OF GRADUATE AID

Veterans Benefits
A veteran whose entitlements have not expired may qualify for graduate educational benefits through the Veterans Administration. Any veteran who believes that he or she is eligible may contact the Coordinator of Veterans Affairs at New Jersey City University or the local VA office for instructions and application forms. Benefits may be awarded to both part-time and full-time students. For additional information call Elaine Gargiulo, Coordinator of Veterans Benefits, at (201) 200-2157.  Veteran students can find more information at the NJCU Veterans Benefits website.

EOF Graduate Benefits
The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Graduate Program provides graduate aid to full-time graduate students who meet eligibility requirements, providing students with grants totaling up to $2,300 per year. Those interested in learning more about the EOF Graduate Program should contact the Graduate EOF Representative, Andrew Platizky at (201) 200-2300 or aplatizky@njcu.edu

Employer Tuition Assistance
Some employers offer their full-time employees tuition assistance in the form of tuition reimbursement or scholarships. If you are employed, talk to your Human Resources department to find out if they offer any tuition assistance programs for which you might be eligible. 

External Scholarship Opportunities
You should feel free to seek external funding opportunities for graduate study, as well. The following scholarship search sites are reputable and can help you identify external scholarships and financial aid resources. Our Office of Financial Aid can also assist you with finding other external scholarship opportunities (201)200-3173 or finaid@njcu.edu

FASTWEB SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH
www.fastweb.com

SCHOLARSHIPS
www.scholarships.com