Rutgers-Newark Expands Scholarship Opportunities for Low-Income Students

Starting in the fall semester of 2022, the new plan, an extension of the university's Talent & Opportunity Pathways (RU-N to the TOP) program, will cover students statewide and allow free tuition and mandatory fees for first-year students and transfers whose household income is $65,000 or less.

Families with incomes between $65,001 and $80,000 will pay $3,000, and families earning between $80,001 and $100,000 will pay $5,000, according to the administration. Newark, Irvington, Orange and East Orange residents, will also be covered for part-time enrollment and provided support for summer courses through the RU-N to the TOP program.

Established in 2016, RU-N to the TOP was one of the first programs of its kind in New Jersey. It increased enrollment of Newark students by 1,500 and made scholarships available to a total of nearly 5,000 students, covering the difference between other aid they received and the full cost of in-state tuition and mandatory fees, according to university officials.

It will now be expanded by the Garden State Guarantee, a state program announced last spring by Gov. Phil Murphy. The program increases affordability throughout the state.

While Garden State Guarantee lowers the net cost of tuition and fees to $7,500 for students whose household income is no higher than $80,000, RUN-to TOP has reduced the maximum cost to $5,000.

Funds provided to Rutgers-Newark by the Garden State Guarantee, officials said, allow the university to better serve students in Newark and the Greater Newark area by using its own resources to support many part-time students juggling work and family, including those who rely on summer programs to stay on track to graduate.

Working the state program, RU-N to the TOP will also allow students to attend tuition-free or at the capped rate for four years.

“In addition to expanding the range of families we can serve, we’re also providing the tools to plan,” said Rutgers-Newark Dean of Admissions LaToya Battle-Brown. “As a parent, myself, I know how important that is. Students will know coming in the door what their tuition costs will be.”

Deadlines for the program are Sept. 15 for newly admitted students and April 15 for continuing students. Find more information by contacting the Rutgers-Newark Office of Admissions at

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