Grant Aid Competition

Fall 2017 SSS Grant Aid Competition


The services that SSS provides are specifically designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of first-generation and low-income students, as well as students with a documented disability. One way in which we work towards this goal is by providing eligible students with the opportunity to compete for additional financial assistance, awards based on academic standing, student participation, and financial need.



To be eligible for the SSS Grant Aid Award, all SSS participants must meet the following criteria:

Must be a current, matriculating Rutgers University-New Brunswick student in ACTIVE SSS status.
Student must have at least a cumulative 2.30 GPA or a minimum 2.5 term GPA from prior semester.
Student must have been enrolled in SSS for at least one academic semester prior to current competition.
SSS participant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant for the current academic year.
Student must have 53 or fewer credits by the beginning of the most recent Fall term (September 1st).

Note: Students with 54+ credits may apply if they feel they have extenuating financial circumstances.



Student must have attended one of the SSS Fall Welcome/Info Sessions.
Student must attend one Financial Aid Blitz session the Week of October 16th – October 20th. Sessions will be offered from 3-5pm 10/16, 1019, & 10/20 and 5-7pm in Lucy Stone Hall A320 (CPU Lab)
Prior to the December 11th deadline, student must complete one of the following:

At least one (1) SSS Academic Coaching Module -OR-
At least five (5) hours of SSS Tutoring -OR-
At least five (5) hours total of participation in SSS Academic/Life Skills Workshops, RU-1st Fridays, Peer Chat -n- Chew, and/or SSS Advising.

Student must not have more than one (1) unexcused absence from a scheduled SSS appointment (e.g., advising, tutoring, peer mentoring, academic module).
Students must submit an application online by specified deadline: Monday, December 11th at 11:59pm.

Students packaged up to the cost of attendance (COA) may not be eligible, and all awards authorized by SSS are contingent upon final review and approval by the Office of Financial Aid. If you receive a CARR scholarship or GATES millennium scholarship, you may be at COA. If you are unsure, please refer all questions about financial aid to Ms. Shy Yi, Senior Program Administrator, at


Application Submission Process

Apply HERE by logging into your SSS account to begin.

Please submit a written statement of 1-page, no more than 500 words, that outlines (1) Financial need(s), (2) How the funding request relates to your academic and/or career goals, and (3) How you intend to use the Grant Aid Award, if received. Respond using, double-space format, using 12-point Times New Roman font. Content of the response, adherence to instructions, and appropriate use of grammar/spelling will be taken into consideration in review of the statement.


Monday, October 9 2017

SSS Grant Aid Application Opens

Monday, December 11, 2017

Application Closes at 11:59pm

Friday, January 5, 2018

Notification of Award Status