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Graduate Program FAQs

FAQS: Assistantships, Fellowships, Scholarships

WHERE CAN I GET INFORMATION ABOUT SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS?

A variety of scholarships and fellowships are available through the Graduate School, through the unit deans, or from external sources. The procedures and stipends attached to these change from time to time, as do the rules of eligibility. The Graduate School’s Resource Center for Graduate Student External Support assists graduate students with identifying and applying for external grants and fellowships.

WHAT IS THE EXCELLENCE FELLOWSHIP?

These major fellowships are now administered through the professional unit deans with the Graduate School directly responsible only for SAS programs. Fellowships are typically awarded forone or two years, ideally as part of multi-year packages with assistantships. Programs are expected to routinely fund doctoral students, from varied sources, for five or six years if possible; fellowships are intended to contribute to that funding.

WHAT IS THE TORREY FELLOWSHIP?

Henry C. Torrey Fellowships are awarded to exceptionalapplicants to programs in biological, social and physical and mathematical sciences andengineering. They are created by supplementing existing excellence fellowships with funds from both the Graduate School and the degree program.

WHAT IS THE DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP?

The Graduate School has access to a number of different sources of fellowship funding intended to enhance diversity. The Associate Dean will determine whether a fellowship can be provided and also from what source and with what name.

WHAT IS THE UNIVERSITY AND BEVIER FELLOWSHIP?

Post-qualifying students may apply for Louis Bevier Fellowships and University Fellowships. The fellowship year should ideally be the student’s final year. Funds provided by the state and by the Louis Bevier Memorial Fund (established through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Ralph G. Wright in honor of the late Dean Louis Bevier) support 12 fellowships which now carry stipends of $18,000 plus 6 credits tuition. In addition, one fellowship is awarded each year to a new student who attended Rutgers as an undergraduate; this fellowship carries full tuition remission. Applications should be made before March 1 to the Graduate School Office

WHAT ARE THE ENTITLEMENTS FOR TEACHING AND GRADUATE ASSISTANTS?

All teaching assistants and graduate assistants holding standard (.33) 10 or 12 month appointments and many fellows, receive full remission of tuition during the Fall and Spring terms. However, assistants who replace a prior appointee after the beginning of a semester receive no remission for that semester. Assistants with standard appointments also receive an additional Summer remission for 6 credits. Teaching Assistants on fractional appointments receive remission on a prorated basis.

WHAT ARE THE PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS OF STUDENT FEES, HOUSING AND DINING?

Teaching Assistants, Graduate Assistants, and Fellows with salaries or stipends of $10,000 or more may complete a payroll deduction form prior to each semester. They may elect to have any of the following student fees deducted from their university paychecks: Housing, Dining, College fee, Computer Fee and/or Health fees. Those with salaries of $7000.00 or less may deduct their full time student fees only (not housing or dining). Students must be on payroll with valid social security numbers and the form must be submitted within the first two weeks of each term. There is a significant tax advantage to the students in this arrangement; however, the student's first biweekly paychecks will be significantly decreased to pay the fees. It is the responsibility of thegraduate School and graduate programs to inform students of this opportunity. A copy of the payroll deduction form is included in the appendix to this section. Please make copies and distribute these to students who may qualify.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR TEACHING ASSISTANTS WITH ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE?

All International students who are offered Teaching Assistantships, regardless of their results on the TOEFL examination, are required by Rutgers University to take the SPEAK test or an oral interview given by the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program. The ESL program uses the SPEAK Test, which is sponsored by Educational Testing Service (ETS) as an initial placement test for all ITAs. The SPEAK Test is a standardized test, which is administered via audiotape. Students are assigned booths in the Language Lab and provided with a blank cassette and test booklet. The test is then administered by a proctor. The SPEAK Test questions range from giving directions to presenting information to a group. The allotted time for each response is 30 to 90 seconds. The entire SPEAK Test takes twenty minutes. Once the test is begun, it cannot be interrupted or stopped.

FAQS: Graduation Procedures

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR ADMISSION TO CANDIDACY FOR THE DOCTORAL DEGREE?

The form is to be completed by the student and approved by the student’s committee at the time the student takes his or her qualifying examination and is accepted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. The Graduate Director must also sign the form, after which it is returned to the Office of the Dean for processing and kept on file until the candidate is ready to defend the dissertation and get the degree. THIS FORM SHOULD NOT BE KEPT AT THE PROGRAM OFFICE.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR TO APPLY FOR CHANGE IN STATUS?

This form is to be processed whenever students change their degree status, (e.g., from Master's to  Ph.D.,or from non-matriculated status to matriculated status). The students should complete the form and forward  it to the director of the graduate program for his or her approval. The director then forwards the form to the Office of the Dean. International students must provide documentation of financial support and obtain a signature of approval from the Center for International Faculty and Student Services after submitting this form to their program director.

ARE THERE ANY CREDIT LIMITATIONS FOR MASTER LEVEL AND PH.D LEVEL STUDENTS?

No more than 12 credits may be used toward more than two master’s degrees. Note also that no more than 24 credits of professional school course work may be used toward the Ph.D. Initial applicants who wish to take courses as non-degree students will apply as usual through the Non-Degree Study Office. Their applications will be reviewed, the registrations will be processed and  they will pay their tuition directly to student  accounting.

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE TO FILE FOR A MASTERS DEGREE?

The front of the Application for Admission to Candidacy form must be completed by the student, listing only courses being applied towards the Master’s degree. The form is to be submitted to  the Office of the Dean at least 4 weeks prior to finishing, where it will be checked against the official record. It will be kept on file until the student comes to pick it up.  DIPLOMA APPLICATION Form must be filed with the Graduate Registrar’s Office, Administrative Services Building, Room 200F, Busch Campus by the dates specified on the back of the form. The dates correspond to the dates degrees are awarded.

WHAT IF I AM NOT WRITING A THESIS?

If the student is not writing a thesis, the student is required to list at least 30 credits of coursework on the form and have the director sign, indicating that the courses listed satisfy the requirements for the degree.

WHAT IF I AM WRITING A THESIS?

If the student is writing a thesis, the student should list at least 24 credits of coursework and 6 credits of research towards the degree, also approved by the director.

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE TO FILE FOR THE MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE?

The front of the application must be completed by the student. Signatures of three faculty members must be obtained attesting that the candidate has written a satisfactory essay in fulfillment of the written requirement for the Master of Philosophy degree. If the student is using a thesis which was completed for the M.A. or M.S. degree, the title of the thesis should be written in the section entitled “Thesis Requirement.” The list of courses to be used for the Master of Philosophy degree should be listed on the reverse side of the form. The signature of the Graduate Director must be obtained testifying that all requirements for the Master of Philosophy degree have been completed. A copy of the essay used for the writing requirement should be attached to the completed form and submitted to the Office of the

Dean.

A DIPLOMA APPLICATION FORM must be filed with the Graduate Registrar,

Administrative Services Building, Room 200F, Busch Campus by dates specified on the back of the form.

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR FILING FOR A DOCTORAL DEGREE?

The application for Admission to Candidacy for the Ph.D. (which is to be completed at the time  the student passes the qualifying exam and then returned to the Office of the Dean) should be picked up at the Office of the Dean before defending the dissertation. At that time, other forms will be given to the student. e.g., payment fee forms, publishing agreement forms, and surveys).

If the defense is successful, the student’s committee will sign Section “B” of the candidacy form and the title page of the dissertation. Final approval must be given by the graduate program director certifying all requirements have been met for the Ph.D. degree. This form, along with the other forms mentioned above, and an Electronic Thesis or Dissertation must be submitted and approved by the Office of the Dean. See https://etd.libraries.rutgers.edu/login.php

WHERE DO I FIND THE DIPLOMA APPLICATION FORM?

A DIPLOMA APPLICATION FORM must be filed with the Graduate Registrar, Administrative Services Building, Room 200F, Busch Campus by dates specified on the back of the form. The dates correspond to the dates on which the degrees are awarded. The Diploma Application Form can be found at https://www.ugadmissions.rutgers.edu/DIPLOMA/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fDiploma%2fDefault.aspx

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR FORMING A PH.D DISSERTATION COMMITTEE?

Dissertation comMittees must be appointed immediately prior to or shortly after the

student has been accepted to candidacy. After consultation between the student, his or her proposed chairperson, and the graduate program director, the latter will appoint the committee.

The Ph.D. dissertation committee must consist of a minimum of four members, chaired by a Full Member of the Graduate Faculty. One of the committee members must be from outside the program and should be chosen in consultation with the graduate program director. If the outside committee member is not a member of the Graduate Faculty, the Director of the student’s program must immediately inform the Office of the Dean of the name and address of the person appointed. All members of the committee should sign the Ph.D. candidacy form.

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR DEFERRING PUBLICATION OF A DISSERTATION?

Student should present their requests to the Graduate School-New Brunswick in writing. If a decision is made to honor the request, the Graduate School will inform the Library that the dissertation is not to be published until a specific date, which may be any date up to one year after submission of the final copy of the dissertation. The Library may, with the permission of the student, make copies of the dissertation available to individuals upon request, but the text will not be listed in the catalogue or put on open shelves. The Graduate School - New Brunswick reserves the right to judge whether any request to do this is justified. In those cases where such a request is deemed to be justified (e.g., when a patentable invention is presented in the dissertation), the following procedure will be followed.

WHAT IS THE POLICY ON THE DISSERTATION?

The dissertation itself must be a single entity and a clearly written account of the student’s original research. In addition to a description of the details and results of the research, it should contain an appropriate general and contextual introduction, written at a level accessible to most other workers in the wider field. If the thesis consists of more than one piece of research, the elements of the dissertation must be related parts of a common research program and should be tied together in the introduction and the conclusion.

FAQ: Registration and Grades

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR CLASSES?

Continuing students may register via telephone (RTTRS) or computer (WEBREG, available on- line at: https://sims.rutgers.edu/webreg). Once registered, students can use either method to drop and/or add courses. Students registering after the deadline (usually the Friday before classes begin each term) will be charged a $50.00 late registration fee. Instructions for registration via RTTRS or WEBREG are included with all registration materials and on-line. This information is also available on-line: http://scheduling.rutgers.edu/.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR TRANSFERING CREDITS?

Admitted students who come to Rutgers from another institution may transfer up to 24 credits of their previous work towards the Ph.D., after they have successfully completed one semester (12 credits) at Rutgers. However, there is no prior guarantee of the number of credits which will be transferred. Credits will normally be transferred only for courses comparable in length, quality and content to those offered in the political science program in New Brunswick. Credits are usually not transferred for undergraduate courses or independent study programs. Applications for transfer credits, available at the Graduate School and the Department, must be submitted along with grade. Students should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies and their adviser before submitting this form.

WHAT IS THE REQUIREMENT FOR A FULL TIME STATUS?

The official university definition of full-time enrollment for graduate students is 9 credits per term.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR READMISSION?

This form is to be filed any time a graduate student misses one or more semesters of registration and wants to continue matriculating in the same program. The form is to be filled out by the student and forwarded to the graduate director. Upon the director's approval, the form  is to be  sent to the Office of the Dean. For doctoral students who have passed the qualifying examinations, a Restoration of Active Status form will also need to be completed.

Students should file a new application through Graduate Admissions if they have not been registered for more than two years and/or their program  no longer has their original application.

The form can be found on this website http://gsnb.rutgers.edu/forms/readmission.doc.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR RESTORATION OF ACTIVE STATUS?

Any student who has passed the Ph.D. qualifying examination and has not been registered for one or more semesters must file this form. This form is to be submitted with a minimum of 1 credit of in-state tuition at the current rate per semester missed, up to a maximum of five semesters. Payment is made at the time the Application for Readmission form is filed. Both forms are available at http://gsnb.rutgers.edu/forms.

WHAT IS THE ASSISTANSHIP REGISTRATION PROCESS?

All students awarded Teaching or Graduate Assistantships must register their assistantship appointments each semester for the appropriate number of credits. The GA registration is 16:xxx:866. The TA registration is 16:xxx:877. Students who are awarded a full assistantship should register for 6 E credits while those who receive one-half of a GA or TA should register for 3 E credits

Please note: Students who hold full-time appointments for the academic year are entitled to tuition remission for up to 6 credits during the summer following their appointment.

WHAT IS THE FELLOWHIP REGISTRATION PROCESS?

All students awarded Fellowships must register their fellowship appointments. The fellowship registration is 16790811 for 0 credits.  Please note: Fellows are not normally eligible for summer tuition remission. But this is the only way to record your fellowship.

WHAT IS THE EXCHANGE PROGRAM REGISTRATION PROCESS?

Students wishing to enroll in a course at Princeton, UMDNJ, the New Brunswick Theological Seminary or Drew must complete the appropriate form which can be found on the GSNB website (http://gsnb.rutgers.edu/forms/exchange_forms.php3). It must be approved and signed by the program director, chair or advisor, then sent to the Graduate School – New Brunswick coordinator for approval, signature and registration. They will then need to obtain the signature of the instructor of the course and the host institution’s coordinator where the form is left. Both Master’s and Doctoral students are in a course through the Inter-University Doctoral consortium follow the procedure above except that only 2nd eligible to apply.

Students wishing to enroll year doctoral students in the arts and sciences are eligible and, once all signatures have been obtained, the form is returned to the Graduate School – New Brunswick coordinator. The student then submits the form to the Registrar

CAN I TAKE MORE THAN 16 CREDITS?

Any student wishing to take more than 16 credits in a given semester must get the approval of the graduate director and the Office of the Dean. Teaching assistantship and graduate assistantship credits are included in this count, so a student with a full TA or GA (6 credits) is entitled to 10 credits of course work for a total of 16 credits. Excess credits will not normally be approved when research credits are included.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR AUDITING COURSES?

If a student wishes to take a course on an audit basis, the appropriate letter prefix must

be entered when registering. If the decision is to take the class as a formal auditor, the prefix "N"should be entered. This means that the student will do all work short of taking the final exam (all reports and other exams must be taken), and based on the work submitted, the Professor will issue an S or U (Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory) grade. N credit courses are not counted towards the student's graduate degree.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR AN EXCLUDED COURSE?

If a course is to be excluded from graduate credit, the prefix "E" should be added. In this case,the student must do all the work (including the final examination) and the student will receive aletter grade (A, B, C, etc.). Neither of these registration choices will award graduate degreecredit.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR AN “INFORMAL” AUDITOR?

If a student wishes to sit in on a class as an "informal" auditor, the student should not register for the class, but ask the instructor's permission to "sit in".

WHAT IS THR PROCESS FOR ADD/DROP OF CLASSES?

The add-drop dates have been changing over the past several semesters. Please consult the Graduate School-New Brunswick Academic Calendar (http://gsnb.rutgers.edu/AcademicCalendar.pdf)  for the current term. After the add deadline, courses may only be added to a student's transcript with permission of the graduate program and the Office of the Dean. After the withdrawal deadline, and through the 7th week of the term, students may withdraw without permission, but will have a "W" posted on their transcript and will be charged tuition for any dropped courses. From the 7th-11th weeks of the term all requests for course withdrawals and changes to "audit" status (N credit) during this period must be approved by the Office of the Dean and must be accompanied by a letter from the instructor of the course indicating grade and/or academic status of the student as of that date.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR INCOMPLETE GRADES?

Any student incurring grades of Incomplete will be held to the limit of one year for completion of the course. Requests for waiver of this one year limit must be made by the student, recommended by the course instructor and graduate director, and approved by the Office of the Dean. This waiver should be sought prior to the one year expiration date. It will not be routinely granted. Students who have more than one Incomplete will be allowed one semester to reduce the number to one (or none), after which they will not be allowed to register for additional courses until these are completed or "abandoned." ("Abandoned" refers to a situation in which students have agreed that the course may no longer be completed and the program has agreed to allow them to continue with Permanent Incompletes on their records.)

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR BLANK OR MISSING GRADES?

Grades left blank on a roster will be given the code "NG" for no grade by the Graduate Registrar. If these grades are left blank for two semesters they will be converted to an F by the registrar. Final grades or grades of Incomplete should be submitted on the Incomplete rosters for all students.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR PERMANENT INCOMPLETE GRADES?

Students are restricted in the number of incompletes they may carry. In order to continue to register, a student may choose to "abandon" a course by waiving the privilege of completing it. In such a case the student requests a change from IN to PIN. The PIN is not regarded as an outstanding incomplete and does not hinder further registration, unless it represents part of a pattern which the faculty interprets as warranting a warning or dismissal for unsatisfactory progress.

Incompletes are to be made up within one year. Those not removed in favor of a letter grade may be converted to a PIN to indicate that the option to complete the course has expired.

Requests for conversion of Incompletes (IN's) to Permanent Incompletes (PIN's) may be recommended with reasons stated by the graduate program director either by forwarding a letter or submitting a Change of Grade form to at the Office of the Dean. The request for this action should originate from the student. PIN's are not to be assigned to final grade rosters.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR COMPLETE WITHDRAWALS?

Complete withdrawals from all courses in a given term may entitle students to refunds, depending on the date the forms are received at either the Office  of the Graduate Registrar or the Office of the Dean. Before classes begin, a 100% tuition refund  will be issued; as of the first day of classes, an 80% refund will be issued, and every two weeks  after that date the refund drops another 20%, until the end of the sixth week of classes, at which  time no further refunds will be issued. There are no refunds for dropping just one or two courses  when there are other courses on the same registration.

FAQs Insurance

FAQ’s regarding the Rutgers Hard Waiver Student Insurance Program

Why is health insurance required for Rutgers Students?

N.J.S.A. 18A:62-15 requires that every person enrolled as a full-time student in a public or private institution of higher education maintain health insurance coverage, which provides a minimum basic hospital benefits. Under this law the student must provide evidence of health insurance coverage at least annually. In addition, the institution of higher education must arrange for health insurance coverage for purchase by the students who are required to maintain coverage.

Further, unexpected health care expenses such as those associated with unexpected illness, accidents, or mental health care can destabilize a student’s financial situation and derail his/her progress toward a degree. These potential barriers to attendance and degree completion are reduced when students have health insurance. Conversely, students without health insurance who do not have access to needed specialty care or hospitalization may attempt to continue their academic pursuits but fail to reach their full potential due to their untreated illness.

 

What does “hard waiver” mean?

The term “hard waiver” means any full-time undergraduate and graduate student (as defined by their academic unit) is required to show evidence of an existing health insurance policy OR enroll in the University-Sponsored Plan (sponsored by Rutgers University). “Hard waiver” does not mean a student must enroll in the Rutgers Student Health insurance Plan; it means a student must show evidence of coverage by an acceptable health insurance plan, and enrolling in the University-Sponsored Plan is one means to meet that requirement. A student is encouraged to compare the Rutgers plan against other options, e.g., being a dependent on a parent’s health insurance plan, an employer’s health insurance plan. If no evidence of health insurance coverage is provided, the student will be automatically enrolled in the University-Sponsored Plan.

 

What is the University Sponsored Plan for Full time students?

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey has selected a student health insurance plan underwritten by United HealthCare. The plan included in the term bill for full time students has a benefit with a maximum benefit of $50,000 and includes a prescription benefit with a maximum benefit of $5000. Details on the plan can be found at www.firststudent.com. The annual premium for the plan is $750.00 ($375 per semester).

 

Who is required to show proof of insurance?

All full time undergraduate and graduate students as defined by the University (12 or more credits for undergraduate, 9 or more credits for graduate, or as defined by your department) are required to show evidence of an existing creditable health insurance policy, or will be automatically enrolled in the University-Sponsored Plan.

Students must actively attend classes for at least 31 days after the date for which coverage is purchased. Home study, internet classes and television courseS do not apply.

I am covered already by health insurance. What do I need to do so I don't get billed? Students who are already covered by an insurance policy (i.e. through parent plans, family plans, employer-sponsored plans, or student health insurance) should go online and submit their insurance policy number for verification through a secure website www.firststudent.com. No paperwork is required. Once verified, the insurance fee is removed.

 

How can eligible students enroll in the University Sponsored Plan for Full time Students?

Students eligible for the Hard Waiver plan are automatically charged the premium on their term bill and if they do not waive out they will be insured under the Health Insurance Hard Waiver Plan. Students should go online to www.firststudent.com and validate their enrollment and confirm the address for the mailing of the ID card.

How is Health Insurance different from the Health Fee included in the College Fees on my student bill each semester?

All full-time students are required to pay a student health fee as part of the College Fee. This fee helps cover the myriad of health services provided on campus ranging from clinical care to health outreach and promotion on campus, crisis intervention, psychological counseling, lab tests, and substance use programs. Health insurance gives students access to services not available at Rutgers or when the students are away from campus and covers a portion of the cost for services not provided at Rutgers Health Services, such as hospitalization, required surgery or specialty services for illnesses or injuries.

 

Can I increase my insurance coverage?

Yes, there are options to increase the coverage to $100,000 and $250,000. Please visit www.firststudent.com for enrollment details and voluntary rates.

For full –time student the additional annual costs are:

• $242 for a limit of $100,000 ($992 total cost)

• $323 for a limit of $250,000 ($1,073 total cost)

What if students don't enroll in the University Sponsored Insurance Plan, are they covered if they don't waive? Any full-time student who meets the criteria for the insurance requirement AND does not submit verifiable insurance information is automatically enrolled in the University Sponsored Plan. We upload this information to the insurance company’s secure website and insurance cards are issued to the best address on file with the University.

 

How are the waivers monitored? What if a student does not enter correct insurance information in order to waive out of the University Sponsored Plan? Waivers are monitored and verified by the insurance company. A message from the company will appear if non verifiable information is entered.

 

What insurance plan is acceptable?

Your plan should provide similar benefits as the University Sponsored Plan. For example:

• Provide benefits in New Jersey

• Have Providers in the campus area

• Cover Mental Health conditions

• Cover Prescription Drugs

• Provide Wellness Visit benefits

Do I have to verify my insurance each semester? No, the waiver is for the entire year. Only newly eligible students for Spring/ Summer semester will need to waive at this time.

 

What happens if I start as part time student and add classes to become a full time student?

You would need to provide verifiable proof of insurance coverage. Students who are not full time by the end of the “add/drop” period will not be considered full time and not subject to the student health insurance requirement. A full time student who does not have evidence of health insurance coverage will be in violation of the university's requirements and would be responsible for all medical bills.

How can I enroll my spouse/domestic partner and/or dependent child (ren)?

If you are enrolled in the Rutgers Student Health Insurance Hard Waiver Plan, coverage for your eligible dependents (spouse/domestic partner and/or dependent children) may also be purchased. You must enroll them online at www.firststudent.com during the Open Enrollment period. If the student insurance premium Health Insurance Hard Waiver Plan was charged to your fees, you should click on Hard Waiver enrollment on your school's page. Complete the student information form and then click the proper links to add your eligible dependents. Payment for any dependents will be due at the time of the enrollment. A dependent may become eligible for coverage under the Student Health Insurance Voluntary Plan only when the student becomes eligible (within the Open Enrollment period) or within 31 days of a Qualifying Event.

What if a student waives out of the University Sponsored Plan and later loses their insurance that they had with their parents due to a job loss? This would be a qualified event and students would be allowed to purchase the University Sponsored plan within 31 days of a ‘qualifying event’. You may inquire about how to do this by contacting Rutgers Student Insurance office by calling 732-932-8285 or sending an email to insure@rci.rutgers.edu. Please be certain to include your RU ID number in all communications with the Rutgers Student Insurance Office.

What happens when I graduate? When a student graduates, they are still covered by the Student Health Insurance Plan until the expiration date of the plan.   

When will students receive their insurance coverage card? Cards are mailed as soon as the student is enrolled in the plan. The student who takes the initiative to enroll on-line prior to the open enrollment period will get their card sooner

than the student who does not confirm enrollment, but cards are typically issued by the second week in September for the Fall term. The student who enrolls on-line can print out a temporary card immediately after on-line enrollment is finalized.

When will charges be applied to student bill? Each semester the insurance charge of $375 will be applied to the student’s term bill.

How do students who enroll late get enrolled or waived? You may inquire about this process directly with the insurance company, or through the Rutgers Student Insurance office at insure@rci.rutgers.edu. Please include your RU Id number on all correspondence.

What if a part-time student wants to enroll in the University Sponsored Plan?

Part-time, degree seeking students are eligible to purchase a “voluntary” rated University-Sponsored Plan.

All Rutgers sponsored J1 and F1 visa students (full time and part time) are required to show proof of insurance or enroll in the University Sponsored Hard Waiver Plan. Any exceptions are reviewed by the International Programs office. (more info is available on the International office web)

Do I need a referral from the Rutgers Student Health Center before I go for treatment outside of Rutgers?

No referral by Rutgers Student Health Center is required. If a student goes to an off campus medical provider, the student will be responsible for co-pays, deductibles, and any portion of the bill not covered by the Rutgers Student Health Insurance Plan.

Does the University Sponsored Hard Waiver Plan also cover treatment received outside of New Jersey?

Yes, the Hard Waiver Plan provides coverage in all 50 States, US Territories, and foreign countries. The “out of network” benefit provisions will apply. Foreign nationals are not covered in their home country.

Will prescription drugs be covered on this plan?

Yes, prescription drugs are covered with maximum benefit of $5000.00. The co pay varies depending on the type and cost of the medication.

How can I find out if specific treatments or services are covered?

To view the University Sponsored Hard Waiver Plan summary and a complete list of plan exclusions please review the brochure by going to your school's page at www.firststudent.om.

Is the University Sponsored Hard Waiver Plan primary coverage?

Yes, the University Sponsored Plan is primary coverage.

Is Dental coverage available?

Students can purchase dental insurance plan. For details and enrollment go to www.aetnastudenthealth.com

FAQ: Admissions

WHAT IS NEEDED FOR THE GRADUATE ADMISSION PROCESS?

Decisions about graduate admissions are based on all elements of the application, including the student’s academic record, GRE scores, letters of  recommendation, personal statement, and, not least, evidence of accomplishment in the form of publications, papers, reports of laboratory work, and other activities.

WHERE DO I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION?

Our process is typical: applications to the Graduate School - New Brunswick are submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions, which records them and then forwards the materials to the graduate program to which the student has applied. Faculty members in that graduate program assess the applications they receive and inform the Graduate Admissions office of their recommendations.

WHAT ARE THE GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR GRE SCORES?

All students are required to submit GRE scores.

WHAT IF I AM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AND I DON’T HAVE GRE SCORES?

All International Students (unless they come from countries in which English is the first language) are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

WHAT IS THE ADMISSION PROCESS AND REVIEW?

Applications are reviewed by graduate program admission committees in a timely fashion and recommendations are then forwarded electronically to the Office of Graduate Admissions (http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu). Applications and program  recommendations are then reviewed at Graduate Admissions on behalf of the Dean’s Office; if any aspect of the application is found  to be questionable (e.g. baccalaureate equivalence, English language proficiency, academic qualifications) the file is referred to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, who rules on the student’s admissibility and the conditions of his or her admission (this process will often include consultation with the program’s admissions chair or director).

WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR RU UNDERGRADUATES MOVING INTO THE MASTER’S PROGRAM?

All credit requirements for both degrees must be earned.

No credits submitted for the bachelor’s degree may be applied to the master’s. Only credits taken in excess of the baccalaureate requirement may be used toward the master’s.

Credits taken while the student is still an undergraduate are normally usable toward the master’sonly if they are graduate-level credits, i.e., 500-level or higher. In the case of courses that bear both undergraduate and graduate numbers, students must enroll for the graduate number and do the required additional work if they expect credit toward a subsequent master’s degree. Students may petition the Graduate School, through the director of the master’s program, for exceptions to the above rule, within the limit of 12 undergraduate credits toward the master’s degree. A short form for early admission to a master’s program is available from the Graduate Admissions office and may be used by master’s programs for Rutgers undergraduates.

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