Assistance in Paying for College
RVCC’s campus is open to anyone seeking quality higher education. With a number of state, national, and institutional financial aid options, loans, and scholarships, we can tailor a funding package to meet your needs. To see if you qualify for financial aid at RVCC, you must complete the FAFSA application (school code 007731). You can view your financial aid information through your RVCC account.
To be eligible for financial aid, you must have a high school diploma, participate in a program that leads to a degree or certificate, and meet minimum grade requirements. All U.S. citizens, nationals, or eligible non-citizens that do not owe money to a federal aid program and have not been convicted of selling illegal drugs while under a federal aid program can apply for federal financial aid. Only New Jersey residents enrolled in at least 6 credits per semester are eligible for state financial aid.
Federal Pell Grant
Financially eligible students without a bachelor's or professional degree may be eligible for a Pell Grant. Unlike a loan, this grant does not need to be repaid. Its amount may be adjusted based on your number of course credits.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
This grant is reserved for students with the highest financial needs, based on the lowest expected family contributions. Like the Pell Grant, it does not need to be repaid.
Federal Work Study
RVCC can offer you a part-time job on campus to help you pay for your college expenses. We help you choose the right fit, considering both your values and your course of study so you can get the most out of your experience.
Tuition Aid Grant (TAG)
This grant is awarded based on financial need and does not need to be repaid. Eligible students can receive up to $2,400 annually.
Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF)
This grant offers students year-round services, including financial aid, academic counseling and support, enrollment assistance, funding for summer classes, and more.
Federal Stafford Student Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)
Stafford Loans are issued by the government with no required co-signers or credit checks. An interest rate of 5.6% applies to the subsidized loan, and 6.8% for the unsubsidized loan. Subsidized loans are awarded on the basis of financial need, and the government will pay interest while you are in school.
Students must complete a Master Promissory note (MPN), entrance counseling at www.studentloans.gov, and submit a loan request form.
Federal PLUS Loan
This loan is available for parents who cannot pay their child’s education expenses. Parents must complete a PLUS Loan Application and the Master Promissory note, and pass the required credit check at www.studentloans.gov. Once the loan has been approved, students must complete the loan request form.
New Jersey residents are eligible for this fixed-rate, credit-based loan program, which offers flexible repayment options and a low interest rate.
Thanks to the generosity of the corporate community, local businesses, and individual donors, the RVCC Foundation awards over $300,000 in scholarships each year to students based on financial need and academic merit. The list of named scholarships follow. To learn how you can establish a scholarship in honor or memory of a family member or friend, call Ronnie Weyl at 908-526-1200 ext. 8349.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scholarship recipients must earn and maintain a GPA of 2.75 or better for each semester enrolled. Students must also maintain a course-load of a minimum of six (6) credits per semester.
Nicholas and Jeanne Alesandro Scholarship
The recipient of this scholarship must be a graduate of Manville High School, Manville, NJ, and graduate in the top 25 percent of his or her class. The recipient demonstrates financial need and/or academic merit, and earns and maintains a GPA of 3.0 or better as an RVCC student. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office at Manville High School.
United Way of Northern New Jersey ALICE Scholarship
With support from the United Way of Northern New Jersey, the ALICE Scholarship has been established to assist students in financial need who are pursuing a degree or certificate program tailored to prepare them for in-demand jobs across the region. The scholarship funds can be used to help offset costs including -- but not limited to – tuition, transportation, child care, basic needs, tuition, and books/lab supplies.Students must come from ALICE families – Asset Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed. Essay required.
Raymond H. Bateman Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Friends of Raymond H. Bateman, who served on the RVCC Board of Trustees, for more than 40 years. The scholarship is reserved solely for students, who reside in Somerville, NJ, and who graduated from Somerville High School. Candidates must complete an essay of at least 250 words, explaining why they enrolled at RVCC, what area of study they are pursuing, what their long-term goals are, and why the scholarship will make a difference. They also must demonstrate a commitment to the ethics, fairness, and integrity, and service to the community through a description of volunteer activities. Financial need will be considered, but is not a required criteria.
Sophie Sadowsky Chmil Memorial Scholarship
The recipient of this scholarship must be a female student, 45 years old and above, who is seeking to acquire new skills and increase her ability to enter the workforce for the first time or to find employment in a second career and succeed in today’s competitive economic market. The recipient is pursuing a degree or certificate in accounting, business administration, financial services, CPA preparation, paralegal studies, and international business. The recipient demonstrates financial need and/or academic merit, and earns and maintains a GPA of 3.0 or better as a full-time RVCC student. Essay required.
Patricia Critelli Scholarship Fund
The recipient must be a resident of Hunterdon or Somerset County and be earning an associate’s degree or certificate in Paralegal Studies. A one-page essay is required, detailing the applicant’s commitment to community/college service and the legal profession and why the scholarship will make a meaningful difference. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and/or academic merit, and earn and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better as an RVCC student. See attached application.
Frank Denny Memorial Scholarship
Established by Mitchell J. Dinnerstein and Dr. Julie Blackman in memory of their uncle, this scholarship provides support for students who demonstrate dire financial need. Recipients must earn and maintain a GPA of 2.75 or better as an RVCC student.
Dudash Estate Hearing Impaired
This scholarship is awarded to students who are hearing-impaired. Recipients must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75.
Joanna and John Dzitko Scholarship
Established by Joan and Peter Svoboda to honor Joan’s parents for their commitment to education, this scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need and/or academic merit, and earns and maintains a GPA of 3.0 or better as an RVCC student.
Augie Eosso Legacy Scholarship
The recipient must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5, and be recommended by a faculty member, who can speak to the applicant’s ethic of academic responsibility and accountability, and also be recommended by his or her coach, who can speak to the applicant’s team spirit, leadership, discipline, and determination. The RVCC Athletic Department makes the selection.
This scholarship was established by Lorena Molineux, a former ESL tutor at RVCC, to assist students studying ESL as a pre-requisite for their degree program.
Phoebe and John Falcone Scholarship
The gap between high school and enrollment at Raritan Valley Community College should be a minimum of three (3) years. Recipients are committed to enrolling in a minimum of six (6) credits per semester, demonstrate financial need and/or academic merit, and earn and maintain a GPA of 2.75 or better as an RVCC student.
Wayne J. Forrest, Esq. Criminal Justice Scholarship
Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a Criminal Justice degree or certificate program and maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Students must include a one-page letter to Mr. Forrest addressing what has led to their interest in Criminal Justice, and mention career aspirations and any special family circumstances.
Karolee Dousa Glassman Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students who are single mothers and who demonstrate financial need and the determination to earn an associate’s degree or certificate.
The Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship is dedicated solely to RVCC students enrolled in the College’s Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Program and taking courses to prepare them for jobs as machine operators, manual machinists, and CNC production technicians.
Marcia Key Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2005 in memory of Marcia Key, a former member of the RVCC Foundation Board of Directors, this annual award is made to a student demonstrating financial need and academic merit.
A. Bernard Lindemann Science Scholarship
This scholarship was created by Professor Ellen Lindemann and the Lindemann family in 2002 to celebrate the 70th birthday of RVCC Board of Trustee member A. Bernard Lindemann. The scholarship is awarded to a Galileo Scholar majoring in science or engineering, who demonstrates financial need.
Rose McConnell Scholarship
This scholarship, established by the Somerset County Federation of Republican Women in honor of Rose McConnell, is available for a female student from Somerset County who is pursuing a career in teaching/education.
Christopher Morgan Scholarship
Applicants must complete a scholarship application and submit a 250-word essay describing their financial circumstances; their academic goals; their personal and professional aspirations; and the impact the scholarship support will have on their lives. Recipients must be enrolled in a minimum of nine (9) credits and earn and maintain a 2.75 GPA or better as an RVCC student.
Robert Sydney Needham Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to RVCC students who graduated from a high school in New Jersey and have completed at least 24 credits at RVCC, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. The recipient must demonstrate a commitment to community service by participation in the RVCC Service Learning Program or as a volunteer in the community. The student also needs to be a campus leader, demonstrated through participation in SGA and/or other clubs and student activities.
Pellowski Family Scholarship
This scholarship goes to a Theatre or Arts major entering his or her final semester before graduation and earning a minimum GPA of 3.0. The student must submit an essay, up to two pages long, telling why he or she chose the arts and where he or she hopes to be in 10 years.
Ann and Susan Primmer Scholarship
The recipient of this scholarship is a resident of Hillsborough, Bound Brook or Manville, NJ. The student is majoring in science, engineering, allied health programs, or nursing. The candidate must write a brief essay describing personal goals for the future and the impact the scholarship support will have on his/her life. The recipient demonstrates financial need, and earns and maintains a GPA of 2.75 or better.
RVCC General Scholarship
Funded by proceeds from fundraising events sponsored by the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation, this scholarship is awarded to an RVCC student who demonstrates financial need and maintains a GPA of 2.75 or better.
RVCC Merit Scholarship
Funded by proceeds from fundraising events sponsored by the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation, this scholarship is awarded to an RVCC student based on academic merit; recipients must have a GPA of 3.00 or better.
Somerset Hills AAUW Scholarship
Created in 1998 by the Somerset Hills Chapter of the American Association of University Women, this scholarship supports mature women who are returning to school to pursue a career or obtain a degree. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and be residents of Somerset or Hunterdon counties.
The Somerville Fire Department Fire Police Scholarship
This scholarship recipient must be a graduate of Somerville High School and demonstrate financial need and/or academic merit. The student must earn and maintain a GPA of 2.75 or better as an RVCC student.
The Tom Tarnowski Scholarship Fund
Established in 2006 by the Food Bank Network of Somerset County to honor Mr. Tarnowski’s service to that organization and to the community, this scholarship is available to residents of Somerset County. Applicants must be U.S. citizens (or green card holders), recent graduates of an accredited secondary school, and enrolled in a degree or certificate program. Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship provides support for two semesters up to $2,500 annually and may be used for tuition, fees and books. Selection is made by application, including an essay and committee review. Applications can be downloaded by clicking here (.pdf).
Axel Velden Scholarship
This scholarship was created in memory of Axel Velden, an RVCC professor who was instrumental in promoting, developing and implementing global education at the College. It is awarded to students who are either enrolled in the International Business program or actively involved in community or college activities that promote global education, understanding, and cultural awareness. The student must demonstrate financial need and a GPA of 3.0 or better. To apply, fill out the Axel Velden Scholarship Form (.pdf) and submit your signed copy to Ellen Lindemann in the Business & Public Service Department.
Anita L. Ventantonio Scholarship
Former RVCC Interim President and current RVCC Foundation Board member Jim Ventantonio established this scholarship in memory of his late wife Anita. The scholarship honors Anita’s legacy as a teacher and will support RVCC students majoring in education and preparing for a career as a teacher.
Wellbrock Family Scholarship
Students demonstrating financial need and academic merit are eligible for this scholarship. Recipients must have a GPA of 3.0 or better.
Officer David F. Wilson Memorial Scholarship
Established by the Wilsons' 10-33 Foundation Inc., this scholarship is awarded to RVCC students from Somerset County pursuing an A.A. in criminal justice or an AAS in emergency services or law enforcement. Individuals enrolled in a Certificate Program for emergency management are also eligible for the scholarship. Recipients take a minimum of six (6) credits and earn a GPA of 2.75 or better.
Mary T. Zanetti Scholarship
Established by Elisabeth McConville, an RVCC Foundation Board member, in memory of her sister, this scholarship is awarded to liberal art students, who demonstrate a financial need.
Jennifer Zois Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a second-year student, who is a Health Sciences/Nursing or Psychology major, has a G.P.A above a 3.0, and has unmet financial needs. Students interested in this scholarship must also write a one-page essay describing their interest in health care and what they hope to do with their degree.
Please use the General RVCC Scholarship Application (pdf) for the following Galileo Scholars Program.
Equity Packaging Engineering Scholarship
This scholarship is for RVCC students enrolled in the RVCC engineering program and demonstrate academic merit, earning a GPA of 3.0 or better.
Executive Women’s Forum Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to female RVCC students majoring in technology, computer science, networking or programming; construction or electronics technology; fiber optics; or mechanical design technology. The recipients demonstrate financial need and/or academic merit, and earn and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better, as a full or part-time RVCC student.
Gibson Family Scholarship
Students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math, who demonstrate financial need and academic merit may apply for this scholarship. Recipients must earn and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better, as a full or part-time RVCC student.
Sanford and Karolee Glassman Scholarship
This scholarship is available for students who are majoring in engineering and demonstrate financial need and academic merit.
Nancy K. Maulding Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to an RVCC student who demonstrates financial need and/or academic merit, and earns and maintains a GPA of 3.0 or better as an RVCC student. The recipient must be a STEM major, with a major or minor in math.
RVCC Galileo Scholarships
This scholarship is awarded to RVCC students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math, and computer science. It is jointly funded by individual and corporate donations, including donations from NCS Technologies and others. This scholarship is awarded to a Galileo Scholar, regardless of unmet financial need.
Sanofi Galileo Scholarships
This scholarship is awarded to RVCC students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math, and computer science. This scholarship is awarded to a Galileo Scholar, regardless of unmet financial need.
Nicholas and Xenia Shmaruk Scholarship
This scholarship is for an RVCC student enrolled in the Galileo Scholars program as an engineering or science major, who demonstrates financial need and/or academic merit, earning a GPA of 3.0 or better.
Bridget C. Waverka Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Bridget C. Waverka, who worked at Raritan Valley Community College, this scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need. The recipient demonstrates financial need, demonstrates a commitment to his or her studies, and earns and maintains a GPA of 2.75 or better as an RVCC student. This scholarship may be awarded to students majoring in liberal arts; workforce development programs, such as advanced manufacturing; education; business; health science; English; communications and languages; and social sciences. Candidates must complete an essay of at least 250 words explaining why they enrolled at RVCC, what area of study they are pursuing, what their long-term goals are, and why the scholarship will make a difference.
Watchung Lions Club Scholarship
This scholarship supports science, technology, engineering or mathematics majors in RVCC’s Galileo Scholars Program; or RVCC students eligible for merit scholarships in other fields of study, as determined by the RVCC organizations.Preference will always be given to students who demonstrate financial need.
Area VII Physicians Scholarship
In an effort to support nursing education and further either medical education or healthcare quality, this scholarship is awarded to RVCC nursing students in their second year of clinical courses and are residents of Hunterdon or Somerset counties.
Virginia Butkowsky Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is available for students enrolled in the nursing program.
Ethicon Nursing Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by Ethicon, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company, and is awarded, based on available funds, to students majoring in nursing.
Shirley Gilbert Nursing Scholarship
RVCC alumna Shirley Gilbert established this scholarship to support female nursing students enrolled in clinical nursing courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Applicants must submit, along with the application, a one-page essay describing their interest in nursing and what they hope to do with their degree.
Fabienne Stassen Nursing Scholarship
The Fabienne Stassen Nursing Scholarship was established by the family of a young graduate of RVCC’s nursing program, who died suddenly in 2006. Scholarships are awarded to nursing students who demonstrate an attitude of caring and empathy and a commitment to helping others and making a difference in the health and welfare of individuals and the community. Students must have financial need and be entering the second year of clinicals. As part of the scholarship application, students need to write a brief essay (no more than a page) describing how they meet the guidelines and how this scholarship will benefit the students as well as the community. Applications are due to the financial aid office by July 1st.
RWJUH-Somerset Nursing Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to RVCC students enrolled in the nursing program, and shall be used for tuition, fees and educational supplies.
Additional Scholarships and Awards
Siham Alfred Math Excellence Award
Established by Dr. Siham Alfred, a long-time math professor at Raritan Valley Community College, who retired in 2014, the Siham Alfred Math Excellence Award is awarded to the student selected by RVCC’s Mathematics Department to earn the annual Academic Excellence Award in Mathematics. The annual Siham Alfred Math Excellence Award will be presented to the recipient at the annual Student Academic Awards Dinner.
The RVCC’s Athletic Department uses funds raised by the RVCC Foundation to award scholarships to student-athletes who demonstrate financial need and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75.
Baker & Rannells Paralegal Studies Student Graduate Award
This award goes to an RVCC student graduating with an Associate Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies, or a Certificate from the Paralegal Studies Program, who has achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better in his/her RVCC studies and who is dedicated to a career in law. The recipient must have demonstrated a commitment to the values of the law and an ethic of justice, fairness and integrity, both during his/her college career and in the community at large.
Vincent Bodino Math Achievement Award
Established by Angela Bodino, this award is given annually to a hardworking student, who demonstrates significant improvement in his math studies.
Second Career Scholarships
The Second Career Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 by the Food Bank Network of Somerset County to offer a second chance to individuals seeking to acquire new skills and increase their ability to find employment in a second career and succeed in today’s competitive economic market. Applicants for the Second Career Scholarship must be residents of Somerset County and U.S. citizens (or green card holders), high school graduates of an accredited secondary school, and enrolled in a certificate program, and have satisfactory ability to read and write English. Students also need to demonstrate financial need. The scholarships are available for the following certificate programs: Advanced Manufacturing; Certified Nurse Aid (CNA), Dental Radiology, EKG Technician National, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy/Lab Asst., and Solar Panel Installation. Applications can be downloaded by clicking here. (pdf)
Scholarships for College Beyond RVCC
Jim and Jill Gibson Scholarship at Rutgers University
A scholarship has been established at Rutgers University for students who attended or graduated from Raritan Valley Community College. Recipients of the Jim and Jill Gibson Scholarship may earn up to $14,000 annually for two years. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be enrolled at Rutgers University; file a FAFSA application and demonstrate financial need; have earned a 3.0 GPA at RVCC and maintain that GPA at Rutgers; and be pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree. Majors may include animal science, biochemistry, biological sciences, ecology, environmental sciences, exercise science, marine sciences, microbiology, nutritional sciences and more. Scholarships are awarded by Rutgers University.
Lackland Scholarship to Centenary College
The recipient must have earned at least 45 credits at Raritan Valley Community College. Preference will be given to students who have completed their Associate’s Degree. Two students may be selected each year and receive $2,500 each. Contact Jennilee Joost, Transfer Counselor & Articulation Analyst, Centenary College, 400 Jefferson St. Hackettstown, NJ 07840; 908-852-1400 x2259.
Pathway to Advanced Studies Award
Established by an anonymous donor, the Pathway to Advanced Studies Award provides up to $14,000 a year for two years to an exceptional RVCC graduate who is pursuing his or her bachelor’s degree. The funds may be used, at the recipient’s discretion, to cover essential expenses that include tuition and fees, books, housing, food, health care, transportation, IT needs, and other, necessary incidentals that might present impediments to academic success at a four-year institution. A formal application and recommendations are required. Applications can be downloaded by clicking here. (pdf)
Richard and Ann Wellbrock FDU Award
This scholarship is awarded to a student transferring from RVCC to Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison or Teaneck. The recipient must have earned at least 45 credits at RVCC, with preference given to those completing an Associate’s degree at RVCC. Contact Anthony Mastropietro, firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 201-692-7310 in the University’s Financial Aid Office.