Prospective SSS Scholars

The SSS program aims to recruit and accept eligible first-generation Rutgers University–New Brunswick students who have expressed a level of need for academic, financial, leadership and professional skills development. Accepted SSS Scholars are expected to be engaged and participate in services each year until graduation in order to maximize student success.

We are currently enrolling students! Each applicant is assessed on specific eligibility criteria. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.

Why Apply?

The mission of the SSS Program is to remain dedicated to helping you navigate through, not only the academic and financial aspects of college, but also through the social and cultural experiences of college life, both inside and outside of the classroom.

What are the Benefits?

Enrolled SSS Students have access to:

  • 1-on-1 Success Coaching
  • Assistance with FAFSA completion and financial literacy
  • Resource library
    (STEM textbooks, GRE/MCAT/LSAT books, as available)
  • Free computer lab and printing
  • Available study spaces
  • Online resources and support
  • Guest speakers and special events
  • Leadership and professional development

How to Apply?

Step 1: Verify your eligibility. An eligible student must be:

  • A U.S. citizen, a national, or otherwise a legal recipient of federal financial aid
  • A first-generation college student (Verify HERE), and/or
  • An income-eligible student (Verify HERE.)

Step 2: Visit SSS Application Page to complete the online application and then:

             Personally, submit verification of your financial eligibility.  Submit a signed copy of the first two pages of your
             own or
your parent/guardian’s signed 2018 1040 federal tax document that clearly
             shows your name listed as a dependent OR a signed Non-Filer Statement via mail, in-person or
             email.  (MUST BRING TO THE SSS OFFICE. DO NOT EMAIL OR FAX).  

             See F.A.Q. Section for more information or email russs@echo.rutgers.edu  if you have additional
             questions.

Step 3: Once all documents are received we will review your application and notify you by email of your
             application status
and/or request a meeting to gather further information. Please allow at least one
             week.

Note: Applications without required documentation are considered incomplete. We will not review applications until all documentation is received. To verify your application and supporting documentation have been received you should contact the office by emailing russs@echo.rutgers.edu.


♦ F.A.Q. SECTION ♦

Which document should I complete and submit?

Dependent Student
Did your parent/guardian file?

Independent Student
Did you file?

Why am I required to submit this information?
Because the SSS program is funded by the federal government, each applicant is assessed on specific eligibility criteria and their potential fit for the program.

What if I already submitted this to the Office of Financial Aid?
Tax information is sensitive data that must remain protected.  You must personally provide this information to SSS in order to complete your application.

Am I automatically enrolled?
No. We must review your application and financial eligibility before sending email notification of your application status.

Do I have to re-enroll each year?
No.  Once enrolled, you remain an SSS Scholar until graduation.

                                                               Walk-In or Mailing Address:

                                              Lucy Stone Hall A, 3rd Floor (Visit Front Desk)
                                                                    Livingston Campus

                                                                     54 Joyce Kilmer Ave
                                                                   Piscataway, NJ 08854

                                                          Email: russs@echo.rutgers.edu