Tuition and Financial Aid

2014 APPLICATION AND AUDITION INFORMATION
WILL BE POSTED ONLINE AFTER SEPTEMBER 1, 2013

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TUITION | GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP AND FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION | UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION | GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION | HOW TO HELP IMPROVE OUR SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING

TUITION 

As the state university of New Jersey, Rutgers delivers a first-class education with a tuition that is subsidized by the state.

CLICK HERE FOR THE TUITION COST ESTIMATOR

Because Rutgers is a state institution, tuition amounts vary for students who live in New Jersey (In-State) and students who live outside or New Jersey (Out-of-state). To see if you would qualify for In-State tuition please visit here.

  • MASON GROSS CONSERVATORY/PROFESSIONAL FEES (click here to expand)

    In addition to the cost estimator amount given above, some Mason Gross programs and majors charge additional professional conservatory and performance fees.  These fees can vary depending on the student's major but will not exceed $2,500/ semester for the 2012/2013 academic year.  The fee is in place to cover the cost of special/individualized instruction and performance/production expenses.  Not all students will be required to pay an additional $2,500/semester (for many majors it is less) this is the highest estimated scenario for our professional fee and we recommend students factor in this additional expense while estimating the cost of your attendance at Mason Gross.


GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP AND FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

All students who submit an application to Mason Gross and complete a talent assessment (audition/'interview/portfolio) are considered for scholarship.  However, since Rutgers uses your FAFSA to develop a financial-aid package based on your qualifications, financial need, and the funds available to the university, all domestic students are highly encouraged to submit a FAFSA form for full consideration.  Financial packages may include any or a combination of these major financial aid sources:

  • Gift aid does not require repayment and is divided into three categories: grants (which recognize financial need) and scholarships and awards (which recognize academic merit, special talents, or other achievements).
  • Loans must be repaid (usually after graduation) and can come from private lenders as well as federal, state, and university sources.
  • Work-study allows domestic students to earn money for college expenses while gaining valuable skills - often in their intended field.

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UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP AND FINANCIAL AID

  • GENERAL INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS (click here to expand)

    As a public institution, Rutgers is committed to accessibility. University aid and scholarships of varying amounts are available to bright and talented students who choose Rutgers for their college education. You may read about the different award types available to Mason Gross School of the Arts applicants below. Applicants may qualify for one or a combination of multiple awards types. Some awards are university wide (students can use them regardless or their enrollment or major) and some are school specific (only available if students are enrolled in a Mason Gross major degree program). Scholarships come from a variety of sources and may or may not have special conditions attached to them. In most cases a scholarship awarded to an incoming student will be renewed in subsequent years, provided that the student remains in good standing artistically and academically. Some scholarships are offered on a one-time basis, when funds become available in a given year.

    It is important for a student who is awarded a scholarship to understand the nature of the assistance and any conditions that may be attached to it.

    Requirements for renewal: In most cases, a student who is awarded a scholarship is expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and to be in good standing artistically. If a student is placed on Artistic Probation, or if the cumulative G.P.A. falls below 3.0 at any time, the scholarship may be reduced or removed at the end of the academic year by the Dean of Students and Department Scholarship Committee.

  • HOW TO APPLY (click here to expand)

    All students who submit a complete application to Mason Gross are automatically considered for talent or artistic merit based scholarships. No additional application is required to qualify. However, we highly encourage all students submit additional applications for financial aid in order to expand their opportunities for funding and more comprehensive packaging.

    DOMESTIC STUDENTS (US CITIZENS)
    To apply for financial aid, submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and follow these steps:
    • Apply for a federal Personal Identification Number(PIN). You and your parent must each apply for a federal PIN.
    • Submit the online FAFSA after January 1. Need a paper FAFSA? Ask your guidance counselor or call toll-free 1-800-4FEDAID.
    • Include Rutgers on Step 6 of your FAFSA, Federal School Code: 002629, Address: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 620 George Street, New Brunswick NJ 08901-1175. •
    • Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible after after January 1 for fall admission or October 1 for spring admission
    • Visit Rutgers Office of Financial Aid for updated information and answers to your questions.

    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (NON-US CITIZENS)
    Please note that international students(F-1 or J-1 visa holders) are not eligible for need-based financial aid and cannot submit a FAFSA. However, international students do qualify for talent or artistic merit based scholarships with their application and audition/interview/portfolio to Mason Gross. We also highly encourage students to explore government for sponsorship and other special scholarships. There are independent scholarships programs available for international students, and ones with special talents. For more information about how to apply CLICK HERE.

  • TYPES OF SCHOLARSHIP (click here to expand)

    Please read the specific details for the scholarship types below:

    ACADEMIC
    • Awarded by all colleges at Rutgers.
    • Awarded on a first come first basis.
    • For full academic scholarship consideration, undergraduate students applying for fall admission are encouraged to apply early and no later than December 1. Undergraduate applicants may apply to 3 Rutgers University colleges on one application and are encouraged to submit an application to the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) in addition to Mason Gross School of the Arts. There are a limited number of these academic scholarships available and SAS decisions may be posted far in advance of Mason Gross decisions, therefore allowing students consideration for academic scholarships earlier in the cycle. Academic scholarships awarded based on admission to SAS are transferable to Mason Gross if a student is admitted and chooses to enroll.
    • Academic Scholarship amounts can range from $3,500/yr. to full tuition.
    • General qualifications for Undergraduate Academic Scholarships can be found online here.

    ARTISTIC
    • All students who apply to Mason Gross School of the Arts and complete a talent assessment (audition, portfolio or interview) are eligible and considered for talent scholarships.
    • Awarded to students displaying exceptional artistic talent who enroll in a B.F.A. or B.M. degree program at Mason Gross. B.A. students are not eligible for these awards even if they play in a Mason Gross ensemble.
    • B.A. students may qualify for scholarship through the Marching Band. Marching Band Scholarships are not administered by Mason Gross. For more information please visit: http://band.scarletknights.com/join.htm
    • Artistic scholarships ARE NOT transferable. Students may only use them if they are enrolled in the specific degree program at Mason Gross indicated on their award letter.
    • If students decide to change major or enrollment at Rutgers their artistic scholarship will be revoked.
    • Artistic Scholarship amounts range from a few hundred dollars to $10,000/yr.

    NEED BASED AID
    • Domestic students may qualify for need based scholarship by submitting a FAFSA form. See instructions above on how to apply.
    • Need based aid includes loans, grants and work study.
    • Students need based packages are determined by their Estimated Family Contribution or EFC.
    • In-state students are encouraged to apply for the EOF program if they have a documented history of academic and financial disadvantage and meet the income guidelines. For more information please visit: http://admissions.rutgers.edu/Costs/FinancialAid/NJEOFProgram.aspx

    COMBINATION AWARDS
    • Applicants to Mason Gross who display exceptional talent in combination with strong academics but do not qualify for the academic awards listed here may still be awarded university academic scholarships.  These special Mason Gross Combination Awards are issued in the same way and have the same names and amounts as the academic awards listed here, but are only applicable to enrollment at Mason Gross and have very specific renewal guidelines with both academic and artistic standards expected to be maintained.
    • Students can also qualify for combinations of need, talent and academic scholarships. It is important that all domestic students submit their FAFSA to ensure the best packaging of awards possible.

  • HOW STUDENTS ARE NOTIFIED OF SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS (click here to expand)

    • Applicants are notified of their scholarship award packages after they receive their University admissions decision.
    • Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis as funds become available. It is possible for students to qualify for an award months after other students have been notified of their awards.
    • Academic/Combination awards and Need-based aid notifications are posted online and included in the students financial aid package page. The University Office of Admissions and Office of Financial Aid will notify students when their packages are ready to be viewed online.
    • Artistic award notifications are sent to students from the Mason Gross Office of Admissions via email with an attached PDF letter. Students will see these awards on their term bill once they are enrolled. These awards WILL NOT appear on the student's financial aid package page notification online.

  • OUTSIDE SOURCES OF AID (click here to expand)

    Applicants to Mason Gross and current students are always encouraged to explore outside sources of aid to help pay for their education. Every little bit helps and we always encourage our students to apply to as many scholarship opportunities they can find. A few helpful scholarship search engines we recommend are:
    Fastweb
    The Gates Millennium Scholarship
    Sallie Mae's Scholarship Search
    Students may also consider applying to private loans, PLUS loans and researching the information on the The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid website.
    Additional sources of aid can be found on our Financial Aid website here.

  • SCHOLARSHIP APPEALS (click here to expand)

    • Merit-based scholarship awards for newly admitted students to Mason Gross are typically non-negotiable, however formal letters of appeal may be submitted to the Mason Gross Director of Admissions via email and will be reviewed if additional funds become available.
    • Award packages for Mason Gross students will not be considered for appeal without a formal written request.
    • Honoring requests for scholarship adjustments cannot be guaranteed.
    • For Continuing/Current students, requests to be considered for a new merit scholarship or for an increase in an existing scholarship should be submitted to their Advisor or Department's Office Administrator to be reviewed by the Mason Gross Scholarship Committee and Dean of Students. Requests to be considered for a new need-based scholarships or for an increase in an existing scholarship should be submitted to the office of financial aid.

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GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP AND FINANCIAL AID

  • GENERAL INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS (click here to expand)

    A majority of full-time graduate students receive some financial aid and most full-time doctoral students receive full support. The level of support often is dependent upon the specific graduate program and your degree status. There are three forms of financial assistance available to graduate students: merit-based, need-based, and non-need based aid.

    For general information about Graduate Scholarships and Financial Aid click here

  • HOW TO APPLY (click here to expand)

    All students who submit a complete application to Mason Gross are automatically considered for talent or artistic merit based scholarships. No additional application is required to qualify. However, we highly encourage all students submit additional applications for financial aid in order to expand their opportunities for funding and more comprehensive packaging.

    DOMESTIC STUDENTS (US CITIZENS)
    To apply for financial aid, submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and follow these steps:
    • Apply for a federal Personal Identification Number(PIN). You and your parent must each apply for a federal PIN.
    • Submit the online FAFSA after January 1. Need a paper FAFSA? Ask your guidance counselor or call toll-free 1-800-4FEDAID.
    • Include Rutgers on Step 6 of your FAFSA, Federal School Code: 002629, Address: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 620 George Street, New Brunswick NJ 08901-1175. •
    • Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible after after January 1 for fall admission or October 1 for spring admission
    • Visit Rutgers Office of Financial Aid for updated information and answers to your questions.

    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (NON-US CITIZENS)
    Please note that international students(F-1 or J-1 visa holders) are not eligible for need-based financial aid and cannot submit a FAFSA. However, international students do qualify for talent or artistic merit based scholarships with their application and audition/interview/portfolio to Mason Gross. We also highly encourage students to explore government for sponsorship and other special scholarships. There are independent scholarships programs available for international students, and ones with special talents. For more information about how to apply CLICK HERE.

  • TYPES OF SCHOLARSHIP (click here to expand)

    Please read the specific details for the scholarship types below:

    MERIT-TALENT BASED SCHOLARSHIP
    • Merit-based assistance includes fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships. Students are automatically considered for university-based fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships. The availability of merit-based assistance varies significantly by field of study.
    • These awards are administered by department representatives. For more information please contact the appropriate department rep:
    Barbara Bashaw – Ed.M. Dance
    Peggy Barbarite – M.M., D.M.A., A.D., M.A., Ph.D. Music
    Barbara Harwanko – M.F.A. Theater
    Anine Wagenhoffer – M.F.A. Visual Art
    • Many graduate students at the university receive fellowships funded by sources outside the university. Students are encouraged to apply for externally funded fellowships and scholarships as early as possible. If you are new to the external funding process, GradFund offers an excellent introduction to external funding.
    Visit GradFund for more information.

    NEED-BASED AID
    • Need-based assistance includes grants, loans, and employment. Most graduate students are eligible for some type of federal student assistance, usually in the form of a student loan. United States citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for need-based aid by submitting their FAFSA online. Students who receive aid administered by the Rutgers Office of Financial Aid must report any employment offers, fellowships, scholarships, loans, gifts, and assistantships received subsequent to the original award made by the Office of Financial Aid.
    Federal Work-Study Full or part-time graduate students are eligible. Students must demonstrate financial need. Application is made by submitting a FAFSA. Eligible students are also required to submit a job application to the Student Employment Office for placement purposes. Graduate students may receive awards ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 depending upon financial need and job assignment. Higher amounts are generally offered to Teaching Assistants (TAs). The program provides jobs on and off campus for eligible students. For information on Student Employment, go to Student Employment and Federal Work-Study Programs
     

    NON-NEED BASED AID
    • Non-need-based assistance includes private loans and other loan sources. Please see the section "OUTSIDE SOURCES OF AID" below.

  • HOW STUDENTS ARE NOTIFIED OF SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS (click here to expand)

    • Applicants are notified of their scholarship award packages after they receive their University admissions decision.
    • Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis as funds become available. It is possible for students to qualify for an award months after other students have been notified of their awards.
    • Students are notified of merit-based assistance (fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships) by the Mason Gross department to which they are admitted.
    • Students are notified of need-based assistance by the office of financial aid.

  • OUTSIDE SOURCES OF AID (click here to expand)

    Applicants to Mason Gross and current students are always encouraged to explore outside sources of aid to help pay for their education. Every little bit helps and we always encourage our students to apply to as many scholarship opportunities they can find. A few helpful scholarship search engines we recommend are:
    Fastweb
    The Gates Millennium Scholarship
    Sallie Mae's Scholarship Search
    Students may also consider applying to private loans, PLUS loans and researching the information on the The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid website and looking into the following options below:
    William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan Full or half-time graduate students are eligible. To apply, students must complete and submit the FAFSA. Graduate students may receive an amount up to $20,500 in unsubsidized Stafford Loan funds. An origination fee of up to 4% is deducted from the loan proceeds. The unsubsidized loan has a variable interest rate, and is capped at a maximum of 8.25%. Loan repayments include plans for traditional principal/ interest payments, extended payments, graudated payments, and income contingent payments. Federal loan consolidation is also an available option. For information on Federal loans go to Federal Direct Loan Programs.
    New Jersey College Loan to Assist State Students (NJCLASS) Full or half-time graduate students are eligible to apply. Eligibility may not exceed the student's estimated cost of attendance minus other financial aid received. Application is made via a separate loan application available in the Office of Financial Aid. Borrowers must be creditworthy or provide an acceptable cosigner. There is no interest subsidy. The interest rate may be fixed or variable, and depends on the option selected at the time of application. A 5% origination fee is deducted from the loan proceeds. Repayment is 15 years from the date of the first disbursement. A variety of repayment options are available.
    PLUS Loan for Graduate or Professional Students Graduate or professional students are now eligible to borrow under the PLUS Loan Program up to their cost of attendance minus other estimated financial assistance. Requirements include a determination that the applicant does not have an adverse credit history, repayment beginning on the date of the last disbursement of the loan, and a fixed interest rate of 7.9 percent in the Direct Loan program, in which Rutgers University participates. Applicants for these loans are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Click here for more information about Direct PLUS Loans for graduate or professional Students.
    Alternative Private Loan Programs Commercial lenders offer a variety of private loans as a supplement to the federal and institutional aid programs listed above. Although too numerous to mention here, loan eligibilities vary substantially. Generally, these loans are unsubsidized and limited to the cost of attendance as determined by the school. The Rutgers Financial Aid Office does not recommend any particular private loan program. However, further details may be obtained directly from each individual lender. You may also obtain similar information from the Office of Financial Aid.

    Additional sources of aid can be found on our Financial Aid website here. And Financial Aid for Graduate Students page here.

  • SCHOLARSHIP APPEALS (click here to expand)

    • Scholarship awards for newly admitted students to Mason Gross are typically non-negotiable, however each department may handle appeals in different ways. Please contact the Mason Gross department rep for more information.
    • Honoring requests for scholarship adjustments cannot be guaranteed.
    • For Continuing/Current students, requests to be considered for a new scholarship or for an increase in an existing scholarship should be submitted to their Advisor or Department's Office Administrator to be reviewed by the Mason Gross Scholarship Committee and Dean of Students.

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HOW TO HELP IMPROVE OUR SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING

Over the last 30 years Mason Gross School of the Arts has climbed its way to the brink of entering the top echelon of American arts institutions by establishing firm roots in East Coast arts circles, building a sound reputation, and producing a sizable body of well-trained graduates who have moved quickly to the top of their professions in theater, visual arts, music, and dance. Through generous donations from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and arts enthusiasts we have made it possible for many gifted and talented students to create themselves at Mason Gross and become the next generation of artists influencing the world.

If you are an avid supporter of the arts and would like to help current and potential Mason Gross students make their dreams come true we humbly invite you to:

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With increased student scholarship funding and financial aid, the Mason Gross School will easily be able to continue its mission to attract, teach—and retain—the brightest artists in the world.

 

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