TCNJ takes a holistic approach when awarding merit scholarships. While most students who receive a merit award fall within the top 10% of their class and have a Critical Reading and Math combined SAT score of 1300 (ACT composite score of 29) or higher, a number of other factors are also considered – including co-curricular involvement and leadership. As a result, students who would not have normally qualified for a merit award may receive one if the admissions committee is particularly impressed with their admissions application. Likewise, students who fall into the above academic ranges are not guaranteed a merit award if their admissions application is lacking in other areas.
FAST FACTS about The College of New Jersey’s In-State Merit Scholarship Program:
• There is no separate scholarship application for NJ residents.
• In 2012, over 40% of admitted students received merit aid.
• In 2012, TCNJ offered more than $30 million in freshman in-state merit scholarships.
• Award amounts typically range between $2,000 and $10,000 per year.
• Average SAT (math + reading) of in-state merit scholars = 1385
• Average class rank of in-state merit scholars = Top 6%
Because all TCNJ merit scholarships will be awarded prior to May 1st, any changes in a student’s class rank or SAT/ACT score must be received by April 1st in order to be considered for scholarship purposes. Eight/final semester high school rankings will NOT be considered for scholarship eligibility, and no award amounts will be changed after May 1st.
The College of New Jersey also offers its merit scholars the opportunity for additional need-based aid. Students wishing to be considered for this additional aid must submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by TCNJ’s Priority Deadline of March 1st.
Other important stipulations regarding TCNJ merit scholarships include:
- Awards to students named New Jersey Bloustein Scholars are INCLUDED in TCNJ scholarship award amounts.
- High School class rank is required for all students wishing to be considered for merit scholarships. If your High School does not publish class rank, the Office of Admissions will contact your guidance counselor for your percentile.
- The writing section of the SAT will not be considered for scholarship purposes.
- Scholarships are awarded for eight consecutive semesters of study at TCNJ and students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0 to continue receiving their award.
- TCNJ merit aid is available only to citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
Questions about In-State Merit Scholarships can be directed to the Scholarship Coordinators at:
email@example.com or (609) 771-3239.