Scholarships & Financial Aid

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In addition to special tuition rates, hundreds of College of Continuing Studies (CCS) students receive scholarships and other forms of financial assistance, making their college education affordable. As a CCS student, you will benefit from having a designated Financial Aid Counselor, as well as attending the College's workshops on identifying and applying for external scholarships.

Learn how to write compelling personal essays for scholarship applications.


  • Dean's Scholar Awards
    Dean's Scholar Awards are available to CCS incoming and re-admitted students who register for at least six (6) credits during their first semester at the University. The award amounts vary and are subject to the available funds. The awards may be renewed to include one consecutive semester, provided that students enroll in at least two courses (6 credits) in each semester. Download Application (.pdf)
  • Transfer Scholarships
    Rider offers Transfer Scholarships of up to $5,000 each for full-time, matriculated students transferring to Rider with an A.A. degree and a 3.5 grade point average or better. The scholarship is renewed each year provided the student maintains full-time status with a grade point average of at least 2.5.
  • Charlotte W. Newcombe Scholarships
    The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation and Rider University have established a fund to provide scholarships for mature second-career women. All Rider University women, age 25 or older, who have completed at least 60 credits toward a baccalaureate degree program, are eligible to apply for partial tuition assistance. Applicants may be enrolled part-time or full-time. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of clarity of career goals, financialneed and academic record. Download Spring 2020 Application Form
  • Maida Scholarship
    Two scholarships are awarded annually to newly admitted CCS degree candidates. Students must have previously completed a minimum of 12 credits either at Rider or intransfer, with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA to be eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Scholarships, which are renewable for a maximum of three years, are awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and academic record. First consideration is given to Mercer County residents.
  • Phyllis K. Snyder Memorial Scholarship
    This scholarship is for CCS part-time mature female students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. CCS women, age 30 or older, raising a family while attending college and maintaining a 2.5 overall GPA are eligible to apply. The scholarship is based on financial need as well as merit. Applications are available at the CCS office.
  • Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Awards
    The Women’s Opportunity Awards program assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. For more information, please contact Nancy Murray at the Soroptimist International of Trenton, 609-298-3488 or [email protected].
  • PEO Program for Continuing Education*
    Provides need based grants to women in the United States and Canada whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves and/or their families. A woman is eligible to apply if she: a). Is sponsored by a P.E.O. chapter b). Is a citizen of and studying in the United States or Canada c). Has had at least 24 consecutive months as a nonstudent sometime in her adult life while being within 24 months of completing the educational program that will lead to employment or job advancement in her chosen field d). Is not enrolled in a doctoral degree program. View application information
  • Alpha Sigma Lambda Foundation Scholarship
    Attend an institution with an active Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter and may be nominated by that chapter, but the scholarship applicant does not have to be a chapter member. Rider has an active ASL chapter. Applicant must be 24 years of age or older, be matriculated in a degree program leading to the baccalaureate degree, have completed 30 graded semester hours in institutional coursework by the completion of the fall or January term at the institution currently enrolled with a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, and demonstrate financial need for the current academic year at the institution where the student is currently enrolled. Eligible candidates are invited to apply by Chapter Counselor at Rider.

Other available scholarships* include:

National Pathfinder / National Foundation of Republican Women
Betty Rendel / National Foundation of Republican Women
Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation
Jeanette Rankin Award
Ritchie Jennings Memorial Scholarship
Adult Students in Scholastic Transition
Business and Professional Women's Foundation
Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting

*Externally provided scholarships are not funded by Rider. We caution against providing personal or financial information to any external scholarship providers.

Financial Aid & Payment Plan Enrollment

To learn more about scholarship and financial aid options, please visit Rider's Office of Financial Aid.

As a CCS student, you can also take advantage of Rider's convenient deferred payment and corporate payment plans (for students who receive tuition benefits from their employer).

Student receiving an award

Read Asia's Story and her success in securing 10 scholarships to support her college career.

“A professor recognized my talent within my writing and recommended me to the school to share my story at scholarship events after receiving my first scholarship, a 'Salute to Mothers' award of $1,000.”
Asia Panzino, '17

FRAMING MY STORY: Writing a compelling personal essay for scholarships