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Financial Assistance for Graduate Students

Students pursuing a graduate degree at TCNJ may be eligible for some types of student financial assistance, including but not limited to student loans and assistantships. Graduate students must follow the same steps as undergraduates in applying for federal loan assistance. You should contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance for information about aid sources.

Semester Enrollment Requirements for Graduate Students:

  • Full-time status = 9 or more credit hours
  • Half-time status = 5 credit hours

Note: the above enrollment requirements pertain to individual Summer Session Enrollment as well.

Graduate students must be enrolled in at least five (5) credit hours at the 500 level or above in order to be eligible for student loan assistance and for TCNJ to certify enrollment for a loan repayment deferment.

Students taking courses through the Graduate School who have not yet been admitted into a program are not eligible to receive federal or TCNJ funding. You also must be enrolled for courses that count toward your degree; if you enroll for undergraduate level courses, you may have to provide supporting documentation to show that these credit hours are required by your department.

The receipt of some types of awards, including fellowships and tuition waivers, may decrease student loan eligibility.

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