When considering the ideal college to attend, it is essential to look at the financial aspects involved. Questions like "What assistance is provided?" or "What can be done to ensure financial success?" should be asked.
Kean University is known as one of the most affordable comprehensive universities in New Jersey. Alongside this it works with students to provide the maximum financial support and assistance for new and continuing students.
In order to become eligible for financial aid, students should first fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is important for all college students to submit a FAFSA to see if they are eligible for financial assistance, regardless of their circumstance.
The Office of Financial Aid is dedicated to educating students regarding the various aid programs that make attending college affordable for all. In order for students to receive financial aid, they should understand what options they have. Kean University offers financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and federal work-study.
Scholarships are awarded based on special talents, skills, or high academic achievement. The Office of Scholarship Services is involved in providing quality service and scholarships for its students through the Kean University Foundation Scholarships.
These scholarships are available to help qualified undergraduate and graduate students of every race, ethnicity, gender and creed meet the financial requirements of attending college.
Some scholarships include:
- Incoming Freshman Scholarships
- College of Liberal Arts Scholarships
- Natural, Applied & Health Science/STEM/Allied Health Scholarships
- School of Fine & Performing Arts Scholarships
- Foundation Scholarships for Any Major
- Business and Public Management Scholarships
- College of Education Scholarships
- Nathan Weiss Graduate College Scholarships
- Michael Graves College of Architecture & Robert Busch School of Design Scholarships
- Transfer Student Scholarships
- External Scholarships
The Kean University Foundation Scholarship Application is online from Oct. 1, 2018 through March 1, 2019, with a priority deadline of Feb. 1 for incoming freshmen. Here is the scholarship timeline:
- Dec. 1 - Kean University Scholarship Application is posted online
- Feb. 1 - Incoming Freshman Priority Scholarship Application deadline
- Feb. 28 - Incoming Freshman Priority award announcements
- March 1 - Kean University Scholarship Application deadline
- March 31 - Incoming Freshman priority award and non-award announcements
- April 15 - Incoming Freshman award and non-award announcements
- June 15 - Undergraduate and Graduate award and non-award announcements
- July 15 - Award acceptance forms and thank you letters due
- July 15 through Aug. 1 - Awards posted in student KeanWise accounts
Grants are awarded to students who show they have financial need and do not require repayment. Here is a list of grants:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
- NJ Tuition Aid Grant (TAG)
- NJ Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Grant
- Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant
Loans are an option of aid that must be repaid usually with interest after the student has graduated or stopped going to school. The types of loans are as follows:
- Federal Direct Stafford Loans
- Federal Direct PLUS Loan
- Federal Perkins Loan
- Private and alternative loans (Sallie Mae, WellsFargo and Discover)
Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a program where students can work and earn money to help pay for school. This is a helpful tool that allows students to take on leadership and communication skills necessary for the workplace.
Available federal work-study jobs may include:
- General office work
- Off-Campus community service
- Event staff
- Research assistants
- Computer lab attendants
If students have any more questions regarding financial aid or their eligibility for an award, students can email the financial aid office at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (973) 737-3190 or stop by on the first floor of the Administrative Building.