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William Paterson University offers an education in a learning community that is committed to providing academic excellence.  In support of this commitment, the University provides a variety of student assistance and scholarship opportunities on the basis of need, scholastic performance, and related achievements.  William Paterson recognizes that many of its students, at some point, will require financial assistance. Therefore, we are proud to be able to provide the resources to meet most students’ needs. Each year, close to  2,000 scholarships are awarded totaling over $7 million.

Additionally, academic departments and charitable-minded alumni and friends provide more than 200 scholarships for scholastic achievement, outstanding character, leadership qualities, and financial need. In particular, our William Paterson University Foundation and Alumni Association offer more than $420,000 in scholarships. Scholarships range from $250 to $5,000 and are awarded to incoming and currently enrolled William Paterson University students. Most awards are granted for one academic year and are renewable through an online application in the spring. We encourage all who may qualify for financial aid and/or scholarships to apply.

All students applying for scholarships at William Paterson University are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition, transfer students must submit a financial aid transcript from their previous institution(s).  To allow for processing time, students are encouraged to file a FAFSA by April 1. The FAFSA may be completed online at The FAFSA form is also available in high school guidance offices, community organizations, and college and university financial aid offices.  Note: The undergraduate award process begins as early as February 1; therefore, it is advisable to submit application for admission, scholarship application, and other supporting credentials as early as possible.

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