Because we know that the costs of higher education must often be offset by some form of financial assistance—including a combination of scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment—we encourage you to apply for financial aid.
Undergraduate (U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents)
To apply for federal, state (New Jersey), and institutional (NJIT) financial aid, you must complete and submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year that you are enrolled and for which you want to be considered for funding. To be considered for scholarship funds other than NJIT scholarships for freshman, you must complete and submit a scholarship application, available online.
You can submit the FAFSA electronically (online) using FAFSA on the Web, or you can complete a paper FAFSA and mail it to the Federal Processor using the envelope provided in the FAFSA packet. You can obtain a paper FAFSA either from your high school or at the SFAS office. To file electronically, you will need a U.S. Department of Education (USDE) PIN. If you do not already have one, apply for one online. The PIN serves as your identifier to let you access your personal information in various USDE systems. After you have filed your FAFSA, you will be notified if you have been selected for a process called verification. Verification is a process required by the U.S. Department of Education whereby NJIT must compare the information reported on the FAFSA against the financial documents and verification worksheet. Should there be discrepancies, we are required to make corrections to ensure you get the appropriate aid. To avoid submitting financial documents such as the Tax Transcript, you can automatically transfer your income information directly from the IRS using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. For detailed instructions go to : Please submit a copy of your (and your spouse's) 2012 Federal Income Tax Transcript. A tax transcript can be ordered at www.irs.gov or by phone at 1-800-829-1040. You can also visit your local IRS agency an request a copy. If you (and your spouse) did not file a 2012 Return, you must submit a signed statement indicating that you did not file and must include an itemization of your sources and amounts of any income you received in 2012. To avoid submitting a copy of your tax information, you can go into your FAFSA application at www.fafsa.ed.gov and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to populate your income section; however, you must qualify to use this tool. The following link contains detailed instructions on how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool: http://www.irsdataretrievaltool.com/irs-data-retrieval-tool-step-by-step-instructions. If you have questions about the FAFSA on the Web, you can speak with a customer service representative by dialing 1-800-4-FED-AID. Assistance for students with hearing disabilities is available by dialing the Web TDD number, 1-800-730-8913.
Although you can file the FAFSA anytime after January 1 before the forthcoming academic year in which you plan to attend, you must file the FAFSA by March 15 of that year to ensure full consideration for federal, state, and institutional scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. To apply for financial aid at NJIT, you must include NJIT’s institutional code, 002621, in the college choice section (Step Six) of the FAFSA.
As a matriculated graduate student you are automatically considered for graduate financial support as soon as you submit the Application for Admission to Graduate Study to the Office of University Admissions. Simply submit your application no later than January 15 for the fall semester and October 15 for the spring semester in order to be considered for the Master's Fellows Scholarship and other types of graduate financial support—including assistantships, full- or partial-tuition waivers, and stipends.
To be eligible for student loans, you must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can file any time after January 1 before the forthcoming academic year; however, to ensure full consideration for federal, state, and institutional scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study, you must file the FAFSA by March 15 before the academic year in which you plan to attend. Be sure to include NJIT's institutional code, 002621, in the College Choice section of the FAFSA. Also, remember to file the FAFSA for each year in which you are enrolled and in which you want to be considered for funding. You can also apply for a private loan or student employment.
If you are a part-time student taking graduate courses through our Continued Professional Education division, how you apply for aid depends on the particular type of aid. Read about your financial aid options to learn how to apply.
Although you aren't eligible for federal aid, there are plenty of other opportunities for financial assistance. Check out the scholarships for international students—and don't forget about campus employment. You'll need to wait until you get to campus to apply for any jobs, but it's never too soon to start checking things out.