Rutgers Health Students

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Step 1: Determine if you are eligible to receive federal financial aid
Are you:

  • Enrolled at least half time?
  • A U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen?
  • Not in default on any federal education loans?
  • Making satisfactory academic progress?

If you answer yes to all of these questions, you are eligible to receive aid.

Find more information: Eligibility – Scarlet Hub (

*students convicted of a drug felony are not eligible for federal student aid

Step 2: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Complete the FAFSA

You will need:

  • An FSA ID (for both the student and contributors)
  • Your social security number
  • Parent or spouse contributor name, date of birth, Social Security number, and email address
  • Rutgers Federal School Code: 002629
  • Income and asset information (if required)

When completing the FAFSA, you will be asked to supply information from your taxes:

Starting with the 2024-2025 FAFSA, the Future Act Direct Data Exchange (FA-DDX) will replace the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. The FA-DDX will transfer contributors’ federal tax information from the IRS directly into your FAFSA form.

All contributors must provide consent and approval to

  • disclose their personally identifiable information provided on the FAFSA form to the IRS for matching purposes;

  • obtain their federal tax information from the IRS via direct data exchange;

  • allow the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to use their federal tax information to determine the student’s eligibility and amount of federal student aid;

  • allow ED to share their federal tax information with colleges, career/trade schools, and state higher education agencies for use in awarding and administering financial aid; and

  • allow ED to reuse their federal tax information on another FAFSA applicant’s form (e.g., if a parent has multiple dependent students or a parent’s own FAFSA form).

NOTE: Even if contributors don’t have an SSN, didn’t file taxes, or filed taxes outside of the U.S., they will still need to provide consent and approval.

IMPORTANT: If a required contributor doesn’t provide consent and approval to have their federal tax information transferred into the FAFSA form, you (the student) will not be eligible for federal student aid—even if the contributor manually enters tax information into the FAFSA form.

To ensure the information is secure, the federal tax information won’t display on the FAFSA site or the FAFSA Submission Summary.

Students and/or parents who are not required to file a federal tax return may proceed to step 3.

Step 3: Complete the Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN)

If you are accepting any part of your Federal Direct Loans
MPN | Federal Student Aid

For more information: Loans – Scarlet Hub (

Step 4: Complete the Entrance Counseling Session

If you are accepting any part of your Federal Direct Loans
Entranc Counseling | Federal Student Aid

For more information: Entrance Counseling – Scarlet Hub (

Required Documentation

Further documentation may be requested after a student submits the FAFSA. Students will be notified when documentation is requested and can view required documentation in the financial aid student portal.

Federal Work Study Program (FWSP) for Rutgers Health Students

FWSP-eligible students can learn more about the program, the application/job placement process, and on the job info.

Exit Counseling

If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or professional school program within Rutgers Health, you must complete the online exit counseling session. Contact your regional Office of Financial Aid for more information.