Need-Based Grants

To be considered for financial aid based on your financial need, be sure to file the FAFSA. In many cases, you'll be considered automatically, with no separate grant application required. Freshmen who are offered grants must acknowledge acceptance of the award by submitting their tuition deposits by May 1.

Federal Pell Grant ($598–$5,815)

These grants are awarded based on financial need if you are an undergraduate enrolled for at least 3 credits and have not received a first bachelor's degree. In addition to many other requirements, you must also be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen and have a high-school diploma or GED, or demonstrate the ability to benefit from the program offered. Award amounts depend on your reported cost of attendance, your estimated family contribution (derived from the information you provide on the FAFSA), and your choice of whether to attend full or part time.

Educational Opportunity Fund ($1,150 for commuters and $1,400 for on-campus residents)

You are eligible for the EOF grant if you are a full-time student who has been designated through the Educational Opportunity Program at NJIT to receive funds from the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority according to specific criteria. EOF funding is disbursed in the form of refunds to purchase books and supplies each semester. There are also limited New Jersey EOF Summer Grants available. Contact the EOP Office for more information.

Tuition Aid Grant ($2,490–$10,986)

You may receive the TAG if you are a full-time undergraduate with financial need, you do not have a first bachelor's degree, and you are a legal resident of New Jersey. (If you are under 24, your parents must also be legal residents of New Jersey.) The New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority determines eligibility and will notify you of any awards through a student eligibility notice; however, before the grant can disburse, the office of SFAS must certify that you meet all eligibility requirements of the program. To be considered annually for a tuition aid grant, the state must receive your processed FAFSA by the following dates:

  • June 1: Renewal students
  • October 1: Nonrenewal students
  • March 1: Nonrenewal Students, spring term only

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) ($200–$1,000)
You are eligible to receive the SEOG if you are a Pell-eligible undergraduate student pursuing your first bachelor's degree, and you demonstrate exceptional financial need, typically equated with a $0 Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as indicated on your student-aid report.

SEOG awards are calculated according to the chart below:

Housing Type/Residency Academic Year Award Semester Award
On-campus $1,000 $500
NJ Residents Living Off-campus $500 $250
Students Living with Parents $200 $100

Note: Student living off-campus will need to prove they have a local and permanent address.

Highlander Student Emergency Fund Application (up to $500) 

The NJIT Highlander Student Emergency Fund is provided through the funds raised by the Faculty and Staff at the University. This fund is for limited financial assistance when students are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an emergency situation. The  dollars  provided  through  this  fund  are  not  a  loan,  however,  students  receiving  support  are encouraged to replenish the fund, if possible, so that other students may also benefit. Applicants must state the amount requested and provide documentation to support that amount.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a currently enrolled full-time student (undergraduate or graduate) at NJIT and have a temporary financial hardship resulting from an emergency situation.
  • An individual is only eligible one time during their academic year to apply for emergency assistance.
  • Be able to provide sufficient documentation of financial hardship (see examples below).
  • Good standing with the University​

Types of Covered Expenses: Typical expenses that may be covered include those that arise from unexpected incidents that create financial hardship. To include but not limited to:

  • Travel emergency
  • Medical emergency
  • Fire damage or need for temporary housing Accidents

Supporting Documentation: To include but not limited to:

  • Medical Bills
  • Estimates for repairs
  • Documentary Evidence (photographs or videos)
  • Letters of Support (usually witnesses of your need)

Application Procedure: Fill out the application legibly and completely, supplying appropriate documentation then submit to Ivon Nunez – Director, Student Financial Aid Services, Student Mall or via email to If approved, you will be notified of the fund amount - up to $500 - and funds will be available within approximately 72 hours of approval.

Committee Discretion: Decisions regarding distributions of monies from the Student Emergency Fund will be made on a case-by-case basis and will be made by the Student Emergency Fund Review Committee. Students will be awarded at most one Emergency Grant within the twelve (12) month period.

Highlander Student Emergency Fund Application