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Out-of-State Scholarships

TCNJ is excited to offer award packages to high school seniors from outside the state of New Jersey.  Over the past three years, over 80% of admitted out-of-state high school students have qualified for an Out-of-State Award, which range from $1,000 to $12,000 per year for all four years of study.

The College of New Jersey has a pre-established pool of funds to distribute each year.  Therefore, we strongly encourage students interested in out-of-state awards to submit their Common Application as early as possible, as it increases the chance of both an earlier admissions notification and a higher award amount.

All admitted high school seniors are eligible for out-of-state awards; there are no minimum GPA, class rank or test score requirements for consideration.  The College of New Jersey takes pride in its holistic approach to the out-of-state award process.  Non-quantitative measurements play a key role in the decision-making process.  TCNJ is looking for students who show talents beyond the classroom:  students who intend to actively contribute to the academic, residential and social communities on our campus.  Extracurricular involvement will play a significant role in the amount of a student’s award, as will their overall enthusiasm for TCNJ.

While some initial award offers–based solely on academics–may be made at the time of acceptance, all admitted students will receive a brief supplemental application in their TCNJ acceptance packet.  This application is required to receive full consideration for an out-of-state award.  The application will ask the student to provide additional information about 1) their interest in The College of New Jersey, 2) their past accomplishments, and 3) their long-term goals for college and beyond.  The award-increase application, in conjunction with the student’s academic record and extracurricular experiences, will determine the student’s ultimate award package.  Notification of these awards begins in March for Priority Status applicants.

The College of New Jersey has also partnered with Raise Me in order to enable students to earn TCNJ funding 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 awards today!

All award packages from Admissions are received for eight consecutive semesters of study at TCNJ, provided that the student maintains a satisfactory GPA while at The College.

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

Lion’s Pride awards are designed to supplement a student’s current award package, and the total amount between the two award types will not exceed $12,000 per year.  Therefore, a student receiving the top out-of-state award of $12,000 will not be eligible for Lion’s Pride award money.

If you have questions, please contact Matt Middleton, Associate Director of Out-of-State Recruitment, at

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