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 students with the opportunity to compete for additional financial assistance during their first and second years of college. Each year SSS awards grants to eligible students based on academic standing, student participation, and financial need. Specific details on the criteria is noted below. No grants will be awarded without a complete application and essay prompt submission.

Eligibility and Requirements

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

  • Student must be a current, matriculating Rutgers University student
  • Student must have at least a cumulative 2.30 GPA or better or a minimum 2.5 term GPA from the prior semester
  • Student must have been enrolled and actively engaged in SSS for at least one semester
  • 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 more than 54 credits may apply if they feel they have extenuating financial circumstances
  • Student must attend at least one (1) advising appointment with SSS Director and/or Program Coordinators per semester
  • Student must complete a minimum of five (5) SSS programming hours by participation in services to include:
    • SSS Tutoring
    • SSS Peer Mentor Sessions
    • SSS Academic Modules
  • Student must attend at least one (1) financial literacy workshop per semester
  • 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 the specified deadlines

Over-packaged students are considered ineligible for grant aid. If you receive a CARR scholarship or a GATES Millennium scholarship, you may be over-packaged. If you are still not sure, please refer all questions about financial aid to your counselor.

Application and Essay Submission Process

SApplications will be available online by logging into your SSS accounts and selecting Grant Aid Application.  Essay Prompt: As a member of TRIO Student Support Services program.  Using each of the 4 letters from TRIO, please choose an adjective to describe yourself and how #trioworks for you. Once you have selected your adjectives, discuss how those adjectives help to shape your academic and/or career goals.  Please respond to the prompt in a 1-page essay, single-space format, using 12-point Times New Roman font. Content of the response, adherence to instructions/prompt, and appropriate use of grammar/spelling will be taken into consideration in the review of your essay.

2016-2017 Submission Deadlines
Fall 2016 Competition

Friday, Novemember 11, 2016: SSS Grant Application and Essay Due
Friday, December 16, 2016: Notification of Grant Aid Award Status