RUN Rising Program Overview

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Rutgers University-Newark will be expanding our new RUN Rising re-enrollment program for January 2023. The program has been updated to include residents from the following NJ counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic & Union. Rutgers University-Newark, an anchor institution in the City of  Newark, is dedicated to assisting students to completing their first undergraduate degree. RUN Rising is designed to support residents in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic & Union who have earned at least 60 credits at Rutgers University-Newark and may have had to stop attending the university and continue to have an outstanding balance from prior semesters of attendance. RUN Rising is designed to help students with returning to Rutgers-Newark to complete their degree while forming an academic and financial aid support structure to assist students as they complete their academic journey. 

If you should have any questions about the program, please email RUNRising@newark.rutgers.edu.

RUN Rising Program Eligibility:

  • Have been admitted and matriculated into a Rutgers University–Newark undergraduate degree-seeking program and then had to take a break 
  • Have a break in enrollment at Rutgers-Newark for four (4) or more consecutive fall and spring semesters
  • Have earned sixty (60) credits or more at Rutgers University–Newark towards your first bachelor’s degree
  • Have an earned Rutgers University–Newark GPA of 2.0 or better
  • Have an outstanding balance from prior semesters due to the university before having to stop out of $100 to $2,500
  • Be a current resident in the following counties in New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic & Union

Completing and submitting the application:

  • The RUN Rising online application (available after September 15, 2022) must be completed and submitted by December 16, 2022 at 11:59pm. All RUN Rising online applications will be reviewed to ensure that applicants meet the criteria for the program as outlined above.
  • FAFSA (school code 002629) or NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application must be completed and submitted by January 2, 2023 at 11:59pm
  • Complete the financial aid requirements/upload required documents by January 15, 2023

Application for January 2023 will open after September 15, 2022 

Overview of the RUN Rising program:

  • Before January 11, 2023, meet with an academic advisor to create an academic plan that will help you understand what courses need to be completed to earn your undergraduate degree
  • Meet with an academic advisor before each Fall and Spring semester to review and update academic plan in anticipation of registration for the next semester
  • Enroll  for a minimum of 3 credits for each Fall and Spring semester until the undergraduate degree is earned
  • Attend the in-person RUN Rising Orientation at the beginning of January 2023
  • Attend monthly RUN Rising Cohort meetings until the degree is earned
  • Meet with a Financial Aid counselor in the Spring of each academic year to review packaging and create financial plan through the earning of your undergraduate degree
  • Meet with the Career Development Center during the Spring semester of your first academic year to plan for next steps after earning your undergraduate degree

Eligibility to continue each year in the RUN Rising program:

  • Maintain a GPA of 2.0 (SASN, SCJ, SPAA) or 2.5 (RBS) or above  
  • Enroll for a minimum of 3 credits each Fall and Spring semester until the undergraduate degree is earned
  • Meet with an academic advisor each Fall and Spring semester to review and update academic plan in anticipation of registration for the next semester
  • Attend monthly RUN Rising Cohort meetings until the degree is earned
  • Meet with a Financial Aid counselor in the Spring of each academic year to review packaging and create financial plan through the earning of your undergraduate degree
  • Ensure that you are meeting SAP for each academic year until degree completion
  • Meet the priority FAFSA (January 15) and HESSA (April 15) submission deadlines for the university

Financial Support for RUN Rising:

RUN Rising Grant
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  • Students with an outstanding balance from prior semesters before enrolling in the RUN Rising program will receive the distribution of the RUN Rising grant applied as follows
    • $500 at the end of each academic semester will be used to pay down the prior outstanding balance due to the university 
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Scholarships to assist RUN Rising Students
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Students in the RUN Rising program may qualify for either RUN to TOP or Garden State Guarantee

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY AND INCOME REQUIREMENTS:

All qualified undergraduate students must be an admitted, enrolled, and matriculated student at Rutgers University–Newark seeking the completion of their first bachelor’s degree. Eligible students must legally qualify for in-state tuition. Only in-state tuition and mandatory fees will be calculated into the RU-N to the TOP and the Garden State Gurantee Programs.  Eligible students must qualify for in-state tuition and meet the following student, citizenship, and household income requirements:

Student Requirement

  1. A resident of New Jersey legally qualifying for in-state tuition 
  2. Admitted, enrolled and matriculated student for fall 2022 and beyond

Citizenship Requirements

  1. Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National; or
  2. Be a U.S. permanent resident who has an I-151, I-551, or I-551c (Alien Registration Receipt Card); or
  3. Be a recipient of New Jersey S2479 (the Tuition Equality Act/NJ Dream Act)
  4. Legally eligible for in-state tuition rate

Adjusted Gross Income Requirements

Students must have a household adjusted gross income (AGI) as laid out in the table below:

Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)  Annual Net Cost - Tuition & Mandatory Fees
0-$65,000 $0
$65,001-$80,000 $3,000
$80,001-$100,000 $5,000

A student’s AGI for scholarship consideration is determined by the completion of the FAFSA or NJ Alternative Application. The income responses will be evaluated based on the AGI table above. 

 

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Applying for Financial Aid- US Citizen or US Permanent Resident
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Consideration for the RUN Rising scholarship requires the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Rutgers University Federal school code is 002629.

APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID - U.S. CITIZEN OR U.S. PERMANENT RESIDENT  

Need help completing the FAFSA? 

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Applying for Financial Aid- NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application
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The New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application is ONLY for undocumented/DACA students. U.S. Citizens and U.S. permanent residents must complete the FAFSA.  Students can access and complete the New Jersey Alternative Application Financial Aid Application located on the HESAA website.

A student must meet ALL of these requirements for New Jersey state aid consideration:

  1. Attended a New Jersey high school for at least three (3) years and
  2. Graduated from a New Jersey high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in New Jersey and
  3. Registered for Selective Service (male students only) and
  4. Demonstrate financial need and
  5. Be a resident of New Jersey for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to enrollment and
  6. Be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in an approved degree or certificate program
  7. Complete The Rutgers University Tuition Equality Act Application and Affidavit (Rutgers requirement only)

How to apply:

Selective Service:

Contact HESAA:

  • HESAA Customer Care: 1-609-584-4480 or 1-800-792-8670 (English and Español)
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday 8am to 8pm and Friday 8am to 5pm

Please take notice – the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application is a confidential application that is used solely by the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) to qualify students for state financial aid. It is not used for federal financial aid purposes. Information that is shared with HESAA via this application is used only by HESAA and partner colleges, universities, and other state agencies in order to administer grants and scholarships. HESAA will do everything within its authority and jurisdiction to protect the ongoing confidentiality of this information.

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Key Contacts

Amaya Morisseau

RU-N Rising Program Coordinator
973-353-1766 ext.1
Blumenthal Hall 310
249 University AvenueNewarkNJ07102

Contact Amaya for any RU-N Rising or Re-enrollment questions.