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In-State Scholarships

First-year in-state applicants to TCNJ are automatically considered for merit scholarships upon submission of their application. These awards are based on a student’s overall high school academic record (including strength of curriculum, GPA, class rank and strength of high school).  As a test-optional institution, TCNJ will not consider standardized test scores as part of our merit scholarship review process.

Due to the strength of our applicant pool, the scholarship process is highly competitive; historically, less than half of admitted students have received a scholarship. The average merit award is roughly $2,000 per year. Scholarships are distributed at the time of acceptance by TCNJ and are renewable for 8 consecutive semesters, provided the student maintains full-time enrollment and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. These scholarships are only available to citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

The College of New Jersey has also partnered with Raise Me in order to enable students to earn TCNJ scholarships before and during the application review process based off of their high school achievements. Interested students can visit and create a Raise Me profile to start qualifying for scholarships today!

The College of New Jersey is excited to begin awarding Lion’s Pride Need-Based Scholarships. These institutional grants will be awarded to first-year merit scholarship recipients who demonstrate financial need. Students must submit the FAFSA by February 15th to be eligible for a Lion’s Pride Need-Based Scholarship. The Office of Student Financial Assistance will work with the Office of Admissions to review FAFSA data before awarding Lion’s Pride Need-Based Scholarships in late March. Award amounts will be based on available institutional funds and the number of qualified candidates who successfully submit the FAFSA.

You can learn more about (and ultimately submit) the FAFSA by clicking here.

Questions about scholarships can be directed to Admissions at 609.771.2132.

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