Scholarship Information

Transfer Awards (Fall 2014)

Students who, after graduating from high school, began their studies at a college or university other than William Paterson University are considered transfer students.  Merit scholarships for transfer students are extremely competitive.

For priority consideration, all supporting documents must be received by the deadline noted in each scholarship description.  Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  Spring scholarships are subject to available funding; contact the Admissions Office after October 1 for availability.

All scholarship recipients are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1, and must accept all need-based financial aid. The University reserves the right to rescind your scholarship award if you fail to file the FAFSA. There are no exceptions.

Presidential Scholarships

Students who transfer to William Paterson University and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and 45 credits accepted to the University are eligible to receive a $1,000 – $2,000 per year scholarship. The Presidential Scholarship cannot be combined with the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship. The application deadline for this scholarship is May 1 for the Fall Semester and November 1 for the Spring Semester.

Transfer Presidential Scholarships are renewable for up to two years (four consecutive semesters of full-time study during the fall and spring semesters) or completion of a bachelor’s degree (whichever occurs first).  This scholarship does not apply to Winter Session or Summer Session courses. Academic performance is reviewed at the conclusion of each semester. Students who do not satisfy the criteria for the renewal of their scholarship award are notified in writing.

Note that NJ STARS II students are not eligible for a Transfer Presidential Scholarship or Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, but may receive a University Honors College Scholarship if admitted to and enrolled in the University Honors College.

Community College Students: Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

Transfer students from two-year institutions who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, admitted to and enroll in William Paterson University receive a $2,000 per year scholarship.  The application deadline for this scholarship is May 1 for the Fall Semester and November 1 for the Spring Semester.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships are renewable for up to two years (four consecutive semesters of full-time study during the fall and spring semesters). This scholarship does not apply to Winter Session or Summer Session courses. Academic performance is reviewed at the conclusion of each semester. Students who do not satisfy the criteria for the renewal of their scholarship award are notified in writing.

The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship cannot be combined with the Presidential Scholarship.  Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship recipients may also be eligible for a University Honors College Scholarship if admitted to and enrolled in the University Honors College. A copy of your Phi Theta Kappa membership card is required for proof of membership and to be considered for this award. This copy may be mailed, faxed (973.720.2910) or scanned/emailed to Melissa Lorah, Associate Director of Transfer Admission.

Note that NJ STARS II students are not eligible for a Transfer Presidential Scholarship or Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, but may receive a University Honors College Scholarship if admitted to and enrolled in the University Honors College.

New Jersey Residents Attending New Jersey Community Colleges: NJ STARS

Students who graduate in the top 15% of their high school class may be eligible to receive a NJ STARS I award for attendance at the New Jersey county college where they reside. A complete description of this program is available at http://www.njstars.net/. NJ STARS I students who earn an associate’s degree and have the requisite cumulative G.P.A. qualify for a tuition and fee scholarship at William Paterson University through the STARS II scholarship program (go to http://www.njstars.net/ for additional information).  The scholarship is for four consecutive semesters (fall and spring only) and covers up to 19 credits per semester. To renew the scholarship for the third and fourth semesters, an NJ STARS II student must earn the requisite cumulative G.P.A. required at http://www.njstars.net/.

Note that NJ STARS II students are not eligible for a Transfer Presidential Scholarship or a Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, but may receive a University Honors College Scholarship if admitted to and enrolled in the University Honors College.

All Incoming Students

New Jersey World Trade Center Dependent Waiver Program

This scholarship is program designed to cover higher education tuition and fee expenses for children and spouses of those who died in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. Recipient must be a resident of and attend a college in New Jersey. Contact the Office of Financial Aid by email or phone 973.720.2202.