Information for Parents and Families
Parent & Family Programming
We are now hosting virtual events for parents and families! Offered in English and Spanish, parents and families are invited to learn about our campus, how to understand financial aid packages and more.
Experience Montclair State
Video Viewbook and Interactive Campus Map – Soar like a Red Hawk and immerse yourself in Montclair State’s beautiful campus through our new Video Viewbook and Interactive Campus Map! See why Montclair State is the right school for you as you learn about our academic programs, the value of a Montclair State education, and Red Hawk Life.
Virtual Campus Experience – Want some company during your virtual tour? Join us for a Student Ambassador-led Virtual Campus Experience! Using our interactive map, your Student Ambassador will help you picture yourself at Montclair State, show you our state-of-the-art buildings and answer your questions!
Our Freshmen and Transfer Admissions Counselors are available for telecounseling sessions via phone, online chat, or web conference! When you sign up, you’ll select your preferred date and time and provide a brief description of what you’d like to discuss to ensure our staff is prepared to help you and your family. Register for a telecounseling session below:
Webinars and Information Sessions
Our Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid teams are hosting webinars for various topics including your Accepted Student Checklist, Information Sessions for Prospective Freshmen, Financial Aid and Student Accounts, and more. We’re constantly adding new dates and topics.
If you’d like to watch previous webinars we’ve hosted, subscribe to the Montclair State University YouTube Channel.
We’ve implemented a live chat feature on our Admissions Homepage. Here, you’ll be able to connect with an actual admissions staff member and have all your questions answered in real time. If you’ve already chatted with our Rocky Bot, make sure to click the three dots at the top of the chat screen and select “Restart Conversation” – this will allow you to start a Live Chat. (This is currently staffed Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Make sure to connect with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions on all our social media platforms:
Dear Parent, Guardian, Family Member, or Friend of a Future Red Hawk:
What a time it has been. Through disruptions, challenges and obstacles beyond anyone’s wildest imagination, we’ve come out on the other side and (hopefully) brighter days are ahead.
A record-breaking 3,500+ first-year students from 32 states and 11 countries have enrolled at Montclair State this fall. These new Red Hawks are resilient student scholars with hopes, dreams and aspirations as diverse as their backgrounds and academic interests. I am so looking forward to seeing what they accomplish.
We know much work remains to be done to close the access gap that widened during the pandemic. We’re dedicated to addressing this multifaceted issue. Some of our new initiatives include:
- Expanding merit and financial aid. We are implementing a broader merit-based scholarship program that aims to increase the total number of students we are able to offer merit aid to each fall starting with fall 2022. We have also committed, as a university, to bridging the Garden State Guarantee for New Jersey residents to provide a 50% reduction in tuition for families making $65,001 – $80,000 annually during their third and fourth years of enrollment. The Garden State Guarantee provides free tuition for families making $65,000 or less during their student’s third and fourth year. These steps are in line with our mission to provide a high value and affordable education to our students.
- Simplifying the application process. We’re actively working on ways to make sure the application process isn’t a barrier for students to enroll. We’ve developed a more intuitive process for Educational Opportunity Fund applicants, too.
- Increasing access to learn about and connect with us. We’re expanding access to our admission materials by implementing a customized digital viewbook that can be accessed anywhere, anytime. Make yours today at montclair.edu/4. We’ve increased the number of Open Houses, information sessions and Saturday tour offerings to accommodate increased visit requests post-pandemic. We’ve also created a robust self-guided tour option, so working families can visit our campus whenever it is convenient for them.
In addition, Montclair State dedicated more than $3 million in pandemic-relief money from the federal government to the summer programs, including the college-path institutes and Summer Bridge Program classes for incoming college students.
We’re excited to be returning to in-person high school visits and college fairs this year and can’t wait to meet your students, but we’re not just speaking to them. This Spring, we invite you to join us for one of our upcoming virtual events for parents and guardians in English or Spanish. You’re invited to view our beautiful campus, learn how we support students inside and outside of the classroom, how to understand financial aid packages and more. To register, visit apply.montclair.edu/portal/parents.
Director, Undergraduate Admissions
Montclair State’s restart plan will guide every aspect of how we operate, from safeguards, to academics, to campus life, housing, dining, transportation and more. Review the detailed plan now on our Red Hawk Restart website.
If I plan to live on campus in the fall but the COVID-19 emergency prevents me from moving in, will my housing deposit be refunded?
No official decisions have been made that would negatively affect students’ ability to live on campus next fall, so there is not yet a policy on refunding the non-refundable housing deposit. However, this year, when students were asked to move off campus due to the emergency, they were able to make a choice between receiving a prorated refund for housing costs or having a credit applied to their housing bill for next year. We will share any new developments with you as soon as they arise.
I submitted my admissions deposit, but now I don’t know if I will be able to attend in the fall. Can my deposit be refunded?
While the admissions and housing deposits are nonrefundable, we understand that these are challenging times. Before you decide to cancel your enrollment, remember that we’re here to help if we can! Schedule a telecounseling appointment with an admissions counselor to review your situation and consider your next steps. Sign up for a telecounseling appointment today!
Each request for a deposit refund is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. We try to offer as much flexibility as possible to students and their families. If you’d like to request a deposit refund, email Jeff Gant, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to defer my enrollment for a later semester. How can I do that? If I earned a merit scholarship, will I keep it if I defer my enrollment?
Students may defer their enrollment for a semester or a year without having to reapply for admission. To do so, please email us at email@example.com. When you defer your admission, we assume that nothing about your academic record is changing. If you enroll elsewhere during your deferral period, you must reapply as a transfer student. If you had any outstanding application materials–like a final high school transcript– at the time you submitted your deferral request, you must still submit them before you will be able to enroll.
As long as you do not enroll elsewhere during your deferral period, your Presidential Scholarship or National Student Scholarship will be deferred as well.
I have other questions about financial aid, billing or registration. Who can I talk to?
A one-stop resource for any questions you may have about paying for college, navigating our systems or planning for the fall, is Red Hawk Central. Please reach out to them for additional support at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-655-7600
When can I visit campus?
Unfortunately, all University-sponsored in-person visit programs are on hold for now as we follow the Governor’s directives on closures and social distancing. Rest assured, though, that we want you to see Montclair State for yourself! Once it is safe to host guests on campus again, you’ll be the first to know. In the meantime, we’ve put together a number of ways for you to get to know Montclair State virtually, including a virtual tour and an interactive campus map.