2016-2017 Award Year Timeline

Application Period: June 1 - July 31, 2016
Selection Period: August 1 - 31, 2016
Notification and Recipient Acceptance Period: September 1 - 30, 2016
Disbursement Period: Generally within 3 weeks after receipt of recipient's acceptance

Thomas Edison State University offers a number of scholarships to assist students in meeting their financial commitments. The University's Scholarship Program does not discriminate based on religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, marital status, or disability. However, some scholarships may have specific eligibility requirements within one or more of these categories.


Scholarships listed on this webpage are approved to be awarded.  The awarding of any individual scholarship in a specific award year, though, is based on funds being made available through the Thomas Edison State University Foundation or the individual sponsor(s) of the scholarship.  The scholarship application includes the scholarships actually available to be awarded during the award year.

Funding for scholarships is provided by the generous financial support from individuals, corporations, and the Thomas Edison State University Foundation. If you would like to give back to support scholarships for current and future students, you can make a gift online at or contact the Office of Development at for additional information.

Scholarship Award Year

Each year’s Scholarship Award Year begins with the opening of the June-July application period for the General Award Cycle. All scholarships approved to be awarded, depending on funds available, are offered during the General Award Cycle. Each year’s General Award Cycle begins with the application period and concludes with the disbursement period as shown below. The timeline below is that which is followed each General Award Cycle.

On occasion, a scholarship may be offered apart from the General Award Cycle. Such an Out-of-Cycle scholarship follows the same pattern of actions as does the General Award Cycle, but generally will have shorter time periods. A separate application is provided for an Out-of-Cycle scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria

A student is eligible to apply for any scholarship for which they meet the scholarship’s academic level (Undergraduate or Graduate), enrollment status (Enrolled or Applicant), and any specific criteria for the individual scholarship. Students not seeking a degree or certificate from Thomas Edison State University are not eligible for a scholarship from the University.

Eligibility criteria are included on each scholarship’s description and requirements webpage. Students should review each scholarship to ensure they meet the basic eligibility before applying for the scholarship.

Please view the Scholarship Eligibility Criteria summary chart.

Award Criteria

To be considered for an award, the student must meet the following:

  • Meet all eligibility criteria described on the respective scholarship's webpage.
  • Submit a completed Thomas Edison State University Scholarship Application during the application period.
  • Have applied for federal and State (NJ residents only) financial aid through the FAFSA and the Thomas Edison State University Financial Aid Application.
  • Submit any required supplemental documentation before the end of the application period.
  • Students enrolled with the University at the time of scholarship application must have:
    • Completed a minimum of 12 Thomas Edison State University credits, with at least six hours being from Online or Guided Study courses.
    • A minimum Thomas Edison State University GPA of 3.0 at the time of application.
    • Successfully completed a minimum of 66 percent of courses attempted at Thomas Edison State University. Incompletes, withdrawals, and failed classes do not count as completed credits.
  • Students admitted to the University but not enrolled at the time of scholarship application (Applicants):
    • May have completed 0-11 Thomas Edison State University credits by any credit earning method.
    • Have a minimum Thomas Edison State University GPA of 3.0 in any credits completed.

Scholarship Funds Uses

Scholarship funds may only be used for tuition, fees, or books for Thomas Edison State University courses.

For more information about the University's scholarship program, contact us by .

Next Opportunity to Apply for Scholarships

The next opportunity to apply for general scholarships will be June 1, 2016.

For students in nuclear-related programs, the NRC Scholarship remains open. Apply from the NRC Scholarship webpage

Check out our Outside Scholarships page, including the sfex site for Military/Family Members.

Should you have questions about our scholarships, please email the Scholarship Committee.