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Scholarship funds are often based on a specific skill or ability, a major of study or a separate application. Scholarships do not need to be paid back. Eligibility requirements and amounts awarded vary. Here, you’ll find the information you need to understand the different types of scholarships offered, including university scholarships, school and college scholarships and scholarships from outside, private sources.

Scholarship Information

Merit Scholarships

Montclair State offers merit based Presidential Scholarships for high achieving incoming first-year students. Presidential Scholarships are highly competitive and awarded based on your academic academic achievement in high school.

If you are awarded a scholarship, notification will be sent along with your notification of admission. No separate application is required. Need-based grants and loans are available for students who qualify by filing the FAFSA.

With more than 72% of our students receiving some form of financial aid, our commitment to affordability will make it easier for you and your family to make a smart and practical financial investment.

Montclair now offers $2,000 scholarships a year for two (2) years exclusively for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members. After you apply, please submit your PTK Certification in your admissions portal or to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at

For full details visit the Undergraduate Admissions Merit Scholarship web page.


As part of our deep commitment to providing our students with a high quality and affordable education, Montclair has partnered with ScholarshipUniverse. This tool brings together external and internal scholarships in one convenient portal for our Red Hawks to access as much funding as possible. The best part? By filling out your ScholarshipUniverse profile, you’ll be matched with best fit opportunities so that you can streamline your efforts to obtain additional aid – all in a matter of minutes.

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Scholarship Search Engines

The following search engines are not affiliated with Montclair State University although they are legitimate search engines and vet their scholarship postings. Before you begin your scholarship search, please protect yourself by reviewing common scholarship scam information.

Private Scholarships

The following scholarships are not affiliated with Montclair State University. Montclair State University also does not endorse any specific lender or vendor. You do not have to be a borrower from any of the lenders listed here to apply for their scholarships.

Nursing Education Scholarship Award

The NLN Foundation for Nursing Education offers scholarships of up to $8,000 each year to support the NLN’s mission to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community.

Scholarships awarded to nurses pursuing advanced degrees to advance their career as a full-time nurse educator. The funds are for master’s or doctoral students enrolled in accredited programs who have completed at least a year of their academic program. The NLN Foundation wants to encourage more experienced and ethnically diverse nurses to pursue advanced degrees to prepare for full-time positions as nurse educators.

To learn more, visit the Nursing Education Scholarship web page.

Departmental Scholarships by College
Graduate School Scholarships
NJ Scholarship Programs
  • The NJ Higher Education Assistance Authority offers several scholarships based on specific eligibility criteria.  Visit their website for details.
  • Greater Wayne NJ Area Branch AAUW Scholarship. In 2023, AAUW Greater Wayne Area Branch was pleased to award three scholarships totaling $9,000. Inquiries to You may be eligible to receive one of our scholarships in 2024 if you meet the following criteria:
    • Preference for an adult student at least 25 years of age.
    • Currently pursuing a first bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university.
    • Enrolling in school during the 2024-2025 academic year.
    • Residing in Northern New Jersey, living in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic or Sussex County.