Funding Your College Education
William Paterson is committed to providing an exceptional and affordable public higher
education. While your college education is a crucial investment in your future, we work
on your behalf to ensure that your education is as flexible and affordable as possible.
The University has held tuition increases to 2 percent or less in recent years
to keep a WP education within your reach.
For the 2016-17 academic year, an undergraduate student who is a resident of New Jersey taking between 12 and 19 credits per semester would pay $12,573 ($6,287 per semester) for tuition and mandatory fees.
Click here for details on costs »
The University administers a number of financial aid programs (grants, scholarships, waivers,
loans and campus employment) designed to assist eligible* students in funding their college education.
Helping to pay for a William Paterson education
For many families, affording college means 1) choosing a reasonably priced school, and 2)
using a combination of student and family savings, student jobs, and various forms of
financial aid to pay for it.
Let us show you how!
Options to help you pay for college include scholarships, need-based grants, student
loans, and on-campus employment.
WP maintains a generous merit scholarship program for incoming freshman and transfer
applicants. Each year close to 2,000 scholarships are awarded totaling over $7 million.
In most cases, all accepted students are automatically considered for scholarships; no
separate scholarship application is required. Additional scholarship opportunities for
incoming and currently enrolled students are also available through the William Paterson
University Foundation and the Alumni Association. Click here for more information about
our scholarship program.
Outside scholarships, which students research and apply for on their own, are also accepted.
Check out this useful e-booklet to outside scholarships and Scholarship Search Secrets »
Grants are awarded to students based on financial need. To be considered for grants,
students need to submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form. Grants
do not need to be repaid.
Click here to find out about applying for financial aid »
Student loans may be awarded to most students and at various amounts. These do need to
be repaid but can help students afford their education upfront. Students are then responsible
to repay their loans at a designated time after their education at William Paterson is complete.
Click here for our Financial Aid homepage and to learn about student loan programs »
On-campus jobs are available in many of our University offices, offering bi-weekly paychecks
for students. These jobs help students pay for college while also providing valuable contacts
and real-world experience.
Click here to learn more about our student employment »
*Non-degree students may be eligible for alternative/private loans only.