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Costs and Aid

TCNJ offers students the opportunity to pursue an exceptional education with affordable tuition. Graduate students also have options for financial aid and graduate assistantships.

Tuition and Fees

Please review the list of tuition/fee rates for your intended program.

Graduate Assistantships

The main purpose of a graduate assistantship is to further the professional and/or academic development of the graduate student. Graduate Assistants will be awarded a tuition waiver of $500 per graduate credit taken up to their approved academic year waiver maximum ($3,000 – $10,000).  Graduate Assistants are expected to work 22 hours for each $500 of tuition waiver they receive in a semester.

See details about graduate assistantships

Financial Aid

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 visit 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 loans and for TCNJ to certify enrollment for a loan repayment deferment.

Students taking courses 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.

Student Accounts

The Office of Student Accounts manages all billing processes including student tuition, fees, room and board, processing refunds, issuing the College ID card, establishing TCNJ GetIt Card accounts, and providing parking services through the sale or issuance of parking permits.

Application Fee

A $75 non-refundable application fee (subject to change), payable to The College of New Jersey, is charged to all applicants. The fee is waived for students who formerly attended the College.

Enrollment Deposit

Matriculated students in an on-campus program (this excludes students in global, RTC partnership, and other off-site programs) will be required to submit a $100.00 enrollment deposit upon acceptance to secure their seat. This enrollment deposit is non-refundable but will be entered as a credit toward the student’s account.

Health Insurance Fee

Pursuant to New Jersey law, The College of New Jersey is required to offer student health insurance coverage to its full-time students. Graduate students registered for nine or more credits in a term are considered full-time. The College of New Jersey meets the requirements of state law by offering student health insurance coverage to its full-time students. Full-time students are automatically billed for the full amount of the insurance on their term bill by the Office of Student Accounts. Full-time students MUST EITHER enroll in this coverage or opt out by providing evidence of health insurance coverage to the insurance company by the deadlines established by the College. No action by a student will result in enrollment in the coverage after the waiver/ enrollment period.

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Special Fees

Students admitted to a School of Education program are required to pay a one-time fee of $139 for LiveText Learning Assessment registration.

Parking/Vehicle Registration Fee

The fee for the 2022-2023 academic year is $105 plus seven percent sales tax. Rates are subject to change each academic year. For more information on current vehicle registration procedures and fees, please visit the Parking Services Web site, To be considered registered and allowed to park on campus, each vehicle must have a current valid parking decal that is properly displayed per the parking guidelines. For students who live off campus and use a motor vehicle to commute to class, one automobile and one motorcycle may be registered. Those graduate students under contract as Graduate Assistants may register one vehicle as a Graduate Assistant bearing no charge and granting parking privileges in Faculty/Staff parking lots.


Payment of tuition and fees may be made by cash, check, electronic check, wire transfer, or money order payable to The College of New Jersey. MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express credit cards are also accepted via the PAWS system.

Identification Cards

Graduate student identification cards may be obtained in the Office of Student Accounts, located in Green Hall 119. During the fall and spring semesters, the office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, through Friday. The College of New Jersey ID card is the official college identification for students and should be carried at all times. The card also serves as a library card for purposes of checking out books and recordings. The card is non-transferable. Loss of the ID card should be reported immediately to and/or to the Office of Student Accounts, 609.771.3146. A fee of $10 is charged for each replacement.

Residency for Tuition Purposes

Individuals who have been a resident within the state of New Jersey for a period of 12 months prior to enrollment in a public institution of higher education are presumed to be domiciled in this state for tuition purposes. Persons who have been residents within this state for less than 12 months prior to enrollment are presumed to be non-domiciliaries for tuition purposes. Persons whose residency status is challenged by TCNJ may demonstrate residency status according to the rules set forth by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education. These guidelines are available in the Office of Records and Registration, Green Hall 112. Residence established solely for the purpose of attending TCNJ is not domicile for the purpose of achieving in-state residency. United States military personnel and their dependents who are living in New Jersey and are attending public institutions of higher education in New Jersey shall be regarded as residents of the state for the purpose of determining tuition.

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