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Financial Information

Financing your Education

Montclair State University prides itself on offering students the opportunity to pursue a world class education with an affordable tuition. In addition, we provide tuition assistance through graduate assistantships, scholarships, and financial aid.

Red Hawk Central

Red Hawk Central is the home of the offices of Students Accounts, Financial Aid, and the Registrar. The goal of Red Hawk Central is to serve as a centralized location for all student services.

  • Office of Student Accounts: The central location for all billing processes related to a student’s educational costs, whether it is payments, credits, refunds or charges related to tuition, fees, room, board, etc.
    • Tuition and Fees: Please review the list of graduate costs to determine the tuition/fee rates for your intended program.*Please note that all students who apply to a graduate program will be charged graduate level tuition and fees – regardless of whether or not the courses they enroll in are at the graduate or undergraduate level.
  • Office of Financial Aid: A resource center for students who want help financing their education. Please visit the Financial Aid site and explore the many options available in the form of loans, scholarships and work study.

Assistantship Program

The Graduate School offers a variety of assistantship positions for degree seeking graduate students. Graduate and Teaching Assistantships are available to degree seeking master’s students who are enrolled in their program full-time (six credits or more per semester). Doctoral Fellowship, Doctoral Assistantship, and Doctoral Teaching Assistantship positions are available to degree seeking doctoral students with any enrollment status. The assistantship program is highly competitive and compensation may vary between programs and/or students. Students should be sure to mark the appropriate area on the admission application, as Assistantship assignments will be considered as part of the admission process to a graduate degree program.


Please review the full list of scholarship opportunities offered to master’s and doctoral students through Montclair State University, as well as external opportunities and scholarship search engines. The Graduate School encourages you to apply to any and all scholarships opportunities that may seem right for you.

Application Fee Waivers

Please note: your application will not be reviewed until all supplemental items are received, including the verification of your application fee waiver. The following is a list of the types of fee waivers that are available to students:

  • Application fee waiver for attending a Graduate Open House.
  • Application fee waiver as an applicant to any Online program.
  • Application fee waiver as an applicant to the MBA program.
  • Application fee waiver for a valid NJ Teacher’s certificate.
  • Application fee waiver for members of the Military (active duty or veterans)
  • Application fee waiver for McNair Scholars
  • Application fee waiver because a student is currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program and applying to a certificate or certification program.

Unemployment Tuition Waiver

If you are currently unemployed, you may qualify to receive an unemployment tuition waiver from the State of New Jersey. This waiver can only be utilized by non-degree students. Applicants are required to meet the same academic standards as other non-degree students and may only take classes under programs that allow non-degree students. Interested applicants should fill out the regular web application, and make sure to select non-degree status. Detailed explanation of the program’s eligibility requirements.

New Jersey Dream Act

On December 20, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law Senate Bill 2479 referred to as the New Jersey Dream Act. The Dream Act allows New Jersey residents who are undocumented under U.S. Immigration Law to qualify for in-state tuition rates at all of New Jersey’s public institutions of higher learning.

  • To be considered eligible, students need to have graduated from a New Jersey high school, attending for a minimum of three years.
  • Along with the completed form, you will need to include a document with your full name, date of birth and current address. Please mail your documents to the address below:Montclair State University
    The Graduate School
    1 Normal Avenue
    Montclair, NJ, 07043