To apply for Federal and New Jersey financial aid programs, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for each school year that you are seeking assistance. The Rutgers University school code is 002629. The Office of Financial Aid recommends filing the FAFSA by January 15, unless your program specifies an earlier financial aid or admission application deadline. Additional information may be found at 

What is Need-Based Aid?

Financial need for need-based aid is the difference between the cost of attendance (tuition and fees, books, room and board, transportation, and other education-related expenses) and expected family contribution (EFC, calculated from FAFSA information) for the period of enrollment.