Funding Your Education

William Paterson is committed to providing an exceptional and affordable public higher education. While your college education is a crucial investment in your future, we work on your behalf to ensure that your education is as flexible and affordable as possible.


For the 2021-22 academic year, an undergraduate student who is a resident of New Jersey taking between 12 and 19 credits per semester would pay $14,210 ($7,105 per semester) for tuition and the Student Government Association fee. Click here for details on costs »

The University administers a number of financial aid programs (grants, scholarships, waivers, loans and campus employment) designed to assist eligible* students in funding their college education.

Out-of-State Tuition Waivers

Effective fall 2020 qualified out-of-state and international students can pay our affordable in-state rate for tuition and fees. This will save New York State residents, Pennsylvania residents, and others living outside New Jersey approximately $8,400 per year ($4,200 per semester) for undergraduates, and $280 - $400 per credit for graduate students. Learn more »

Helping to pay for a William Paterson education

For many families, affording college means 1) choosing a reasonably priced school, and 2) using a combination of student and family savings, student jobs, and various forms of financial aid to pay for it.

Let us show you how!

Options to help you pay for college include scholarships, need-based grants, student loans, and on-campus employment.


WP maintains a generous merit scholarship program for incoming freshman and transfer applicants. Each year close to 2,000 scholarships are awarded totaling over $7 million. In most cases, all accepted students are automatically considered for scholarships; no separate scholarship application is required. Additional scholarship opportunities for incoming and currently enrolled students are also available through the William Paterson University Foundation and the Alumni Association. Outside scholarships, which students research and apply for on their own, are also accepted.
Click here to learn more about scholarships at WP »


Grants are awarded to students based on financial need. To be considered for grants, students need to submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form. Grants do not need to be repaid.
Click here to find out about applying for financial aid »

Pledge 4 Success

William Paterson University's pledge and success program provide grants to students that make up the difference between federal and state aid and tuition to that they can attend the university without occurring any additional costs.
Click here to find out about Pledge 4 Success»


Student loans may be awarded to most students and at various amounts. These do need to be repaid but can help students afford their education up-front. Students are then responsible to repay their loans at a designated time after their education at William Paterson is complete.
Click here for our Financial Aid homepage and to learn about student loan programs »

Student Jobs

On-campus jobs are available in many of our University offices, offering bi-weekly paychecks for students. These jobs help students pay for college while also providing valuable contacts and real-world experience.
Click here to learn more about our student employment »

*Non-degree students may be eligible for alternative/private loans only.

More information

For Information on costs for undergraduate students, please visit Student Accounts
[for information on costs for graduate students, click here]

For information about financial aid, please visit Financial Aid

For information about residence halls, please visit Residence Life

For information about meal plan options, please visit Dining Services

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