RUN Rising Program Overview

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Rutgers University-Newark is pleased to announce a new re-enrollment program for Fall 2021 for the City of Newark residents. The program is designed to assist Newark residents who have earned at least 60 credits at Rutgers University-Newark who have stopped out for four (4) or more consecutive semesters to return and completer their undergraduate degree.  The details of the program are outlined below.  

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

RUN Rising Program Eligibility:

  • Stopped out of Rutgers University-Newark for four (4) or more consecutive semesters (Fall & Spring only) and were enrolled between Fall 2014-Fall 2020 and have not enrolled in Rutgers University-Newark before the program was launched in June 2021.
  • Have completed 60 credits or more toward an undergraduate degree at RU-N 
  • Have an earned RU-N GPA of 2.0 (SASN, SCJ, SPAA) or 2.5 (RBS) or above  
  • Have an outstanding balance of $2,500 or less or have no outstanding balances with Rutgers University-Newark
  • Be a Resident of the City of Newark (when you were admitted to RU-N and at the time of the application for RUN Rising)
  • Complete and submit the RUN Rising and the FAFSA or NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application, and complete all financial aid requirements/requests for documentation
  • RUN Rising only admits students for Fall semester

Completing and submitting the application:

  • The RUN Rising online application and FAFSA or NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application must be completed and submitted by August 1, 2021 at 11:59pm
  • Complete the financial aid requirements/upload of required documents by September 1, 2021
  • All RUN Rising online applications will be reviewed to ensure that applicants meet the criteria for the program as outlined above.

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Next Steps after being admitted to the RUN Rising program:

  • Before the end of August 2021, 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 each Fall and Spring semester to review and update academic plan in anticipation of registration for the next semester
  • Enroll for 12 credits each Fall and Spring semester until the undergraduate degree is earned
  • Attend the RUN Rising Cohort Virtual Orientation in the end of August 2021
  • 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 12 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 enrolled in RUN Rising Program will receive a yearly $1,200 grant to be split between the Fall and Spring semesters as outlined below.
  • 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:
    1. $600 each academic semester will be used to pay down the outstanding balance from past semesters
    2. $600 will be applied to your semester of registration and term bill balance
  • Students with no outstanding balance from prior semesters will have the RUN Rising grant applied as follows:
    1. $600 will be applied to your semester of registration and term bill balance
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RUN Rising Scholarship
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For students with an adjusted household gross income of $60,000 RUN Rising provides a “last-dollar” award for students.  This award covers the cost of in-state tuition and mandatory fees. The award is offered after all federal, state, institutional, internal/external scholarships and grants have been applied. This scholarship will begin in Fall 2021 with the newly enrolled RUN Rising cohort. All qualified students must be an admitted, re-enrolled, and matriculated student at Rutgers University–Newark seeking the completion of their first bachelor’s degree. Eligible students must qualify for in-state tuition and meet the following student, citizenship, and household income requirements:

Student Requirement:
For Fall 2021, all RUN Rising students must be a resident of Newark, NJ

Citizenship Requirement:

  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)

Household Requirement Income:

Student must have a household adjusted gross income (AGI) of $60,000 or less 

  • Household income is determined by the student’s responses reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or on the HESAA NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application (for NJ Dreamers).
  • Students selected for federal and/or state verification will need to submit additional documentation to validate their reported income.
  • The online FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov or the HESAA NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application will guide you through the application process.
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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.

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Applying for Financial Aid- NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application
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This application is only for DACAmented/Undocumented students.  Students can complete the NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application by visiting the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESSA) website.

  • Proof of income may be required to validate your award
  • After the NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application submission, NJ HESSA will contact you via your NJ FAMS account with updates and requests.
  • You can create your NJ FAMS account online.
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