Scholarships and Financial Aid for Freshmen
Rider Has the Resources to Meet Your Needs and Goals.
How Does Rider Make
Your Education an
Affordable Investment?
There's nothing cookie-cutter about financial aid at Rider University. Whether you have significant or minimal need, our financial aid programs are highly personalized to your specific circumstances.

We also invest in your success through generous University-funded and need-based grants. Together, these funds help make Rider’s quality private education affordable and accessible for you.

NUMBERS WORTH NOTING
$29,000Average student assistance package at Rider
98%Students receiving some form of aid
96%Students receiving Rider gift aid

The scholarships below are competitive and are typically awarded based on a combination of cumulative GPA and standardized test scores.

FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIPS                      DEADLINE:  Scholarships are still available at this time

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD AWARD RANGEMAXIMUM VALUE OVER 4 YEARS
PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP

$19,000 - $21,000

$84, 000

PROVOST SCHOLARSHIP

$18,000

$72,000

DEANS' SCHOLARSHIP

$16,000

$64,000

FOUNDER'S AWARD

$10,000- $12,000

$48,000

RECOGNITION AWARD

$8,000

$32,000

To be considered for an academic scholarship you must:

  • Submit your completed application for admission, including official transcripts, standardized test scores, essay, and one letter of recommendation by January 15
     
  • Complete an audition, if required (audition results are a factor in scholarship awards);
     
  • Be regularly admissible to the University as a full-time student;
     
  • Have a minimum cumulative academic 2.7 GPA (unweighted) on a 4.0 scale; and
     
  • Have a minimum SAT I Critical Reading and Math combined score of 950 or ACT composite score of 20.
Other Non-need Opportunities
Talent Award
Awarded to select incoming undergraduates majoring in music theatre or theatre, based on the results of on-campus auditions, interviews and other indicators of academic potential.
Athletic Scholarships
Available to students who demonstrate exceptional skill and ability in one of Rider's 20 Division I intercollegiate sports.

Award values vary. Contact the Athletics Department at 609-896-5054 for details.

Community Scholars/Bonner Leaders
This service-based scholarship program provides education awards based on the amount of hours served on a community service project. Admitted students with significant community service experience during high school are invited to apply.

Applications are available beginning January 2013.

Legacy Awards
$2,000 annually ($1,000 per semester)
Awarded to full-time new students who are children, grandchildren or siblings of Rider graduates. Renewable for up to four years of study at Rider University.
Sibling Grants
$2,000 annually ($1,000 per semester)
Available to any new full-time undergraduate student enrolling at Rider University who has a sibling currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate at Rider. Awarded to each additional sibling as long as multiple siblings are enrolled, up to four years. To be eligible, enrolling siblings must contact the Office of Financial Aid prior to the start of the semester.

Learn more about other scholarships opportunities

Financial Aid at Rider

We help you navigate the 
financial aid process.
When you apply to Rider, you’ll be assigned a personal financial aid counselor who will work with you throughout your studies at Rider. Your advisor will link you to the many federal, state, University-funded and private sources of financial assistance that are available. 

Together, you’ll build a plan to finance not just your first year, but ALL four years of undergraduate study at Rider.

We provide convenient 
payment plans. 
Our tuition payment plan is a simple and inexpensive way to divide your annual college costs into 10 interest-free monthly installments. A five-month plan is also available.

Are you planning to apply
for need-based aid?

Rider uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  No other forms are required.  Visit the Applying for Financial Aid section of Rider's Web site for information about completing the FAFSA. 


**To be considered for the maximum amount of scholarships for which you are eligible, your application must be complete, including all required credentials.  If you are applying for a major that requires an audition, auditions scheduled for an audition day after January 15 will not disqualify you from full scholarship consideration.

To secure an award, you must submit your deposit on or before the deposit deadline (May 1, 2013 for Fall term).

Important Notes about Scholarships

  • If you qualify for more than one Rider scholarship, you will receive the award of the greatest monetary value.
  • All awards are made annually in the form of grants and scholarships.
  • Academic scholarships are subject to change.
  • Rider will only consider the Critical Reading and Math components of the SAT or the ACT composite score for award eligibility.
  • Your cumulative GPA through the seventh semester, December ACT, and December SAT will be the latest academic information considered for awards.

Maintaining Your Scholarship

  • Presidential Scholarship (Freshman Scholarship):
    Renewable up to four years if recipient maintains a minimum GPA of 3.2
     
  • Provost Scholarship (Freshman Scholarship):
    Renewable up to four years if recipient maintains a minimum GPA of 2.8
     
  • Deans Scholarship (Freshman Scholarship):
    Renewable up to four years if recipient maintains a minimum GPA of 2.6
     
  • Founders Award (Freshman Scholarship):
    Renewable up to four years if recipient maintains a minimum GPA of 2.5
"Rider works hard to make its education affordable for students. It's pretty remarkable what they do to help. The great education I'm receiving will help me in my future endeavors — and it all started with the generous scholarships I'm getting at Rider. 

"I'm applying myself and trying really hard to make the most of the tremendous opportunities presented to me here. My goal is to graduate with a Rider degree, get a good job, be financially secure and one day have a family. I know my Rider business degree will take me far."

Dylan Miller • West Milford, NJ • Class of 2014
Majors: Accounting and Information Systems
"When I received a Presidential Scholarship, it felt so good to know my hard work in high school paid off. The Financial Aid Office also helped me get a Women in Science scholarship. These financial aid awards were a turning point for me to attend Rider. I looked at my package and realized ‘this is doable!’ It enabled me to attend the school of my choice.

"The Rider Advantage award really helps, too — and not just financially. It's a great way to start working on your résumé and developing a relationship with a career counselor.”

Kristin Anderson • Middlesex, NJ • Class of 2013
Major: Behavioral Neuroscience  Minor: Chemistry
Since her freshman year, Kristin also has been a paid student research assistant in a NIH-funded chemotherapy research program at Rider.