Can undocumented students attend Rutgers University?

Yes. Undocumented immigrants are welcome to apply to Rutgers and should follow the same steps for admission as any other applicant.  Students should carefully review the Rutgers University application requirements.

Rutgers online admission application does ask for citizen and immigration status of applicants, but provides options for Status Pending (SP) or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) options.

Your information will always be kept confidential and private. We will never share your immigrant status with anyone, unless required by a federal judge order.

Do undocumented students qualify for in-state tuition?

Some undocumented students may be eligible for New Jersey- in state tuition, if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Attended a New Jersey high school for at least three (3) years
  2. Graduated from a New Jersey high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in New Jersey
  3. Registered for Selective Service (male students only)

Please review information for in state tuition at Residency – Scarlet Hub

Can undocumented students receive financial assistance?

Please review the information at New Jersey Dreamers – Scarlet Hub

Does Rutgers provide free or low cost immigration services to undocumented students?

RICAP the Rutgers Immigrant Community Assistance Project provides free assistance to students currently enrolled at the University. Contact Jason Hernandez or Dean of Students Case Management,, for more details.

What health care options are available to undocumented students?

All students, regardless of citizen and immigration status, are eligible for health care at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.  Full-time students are required to show proof of health insurance.     Undocumented students have the option of enrolling in the Student Health Insurance Plan.  The Student Health Insurance Plan is serviced by University Health Plans and underwritten by UnitedHealthcare Student Resources (UHCSR).   Students must enroll in the insurance program each semester.  Details on insurance can be found on the Student Health Insurance Page.

Rutgers Student Health Services provides on campus medical facilities for illness and wellness visits.  There is also an on-campus pharmacy.  In addition, students can receive mental health services through the Counseling, ADAP and Psychiatric Services (C.A.P.S.) Office.

What career options are available for undocumented students?

Undocumented students should carefully consider their proposed course of study before beginning a major.  Some professions, such as teaching, social work, nursing, pharmacy, and other positions in the medical field, will have licensing requirements.  Some majors include academic requirements for workplace internships that will require employment or a background check before the student begins.  Staff members in Rutgers Career Services are available to career advice and information.  Students can also check academic program requirements for specific majors on academic websites.

Is Rutgers a safe environment for undocumented students?

Rutgers does not and will not share undocumented student records without a warrant, subpoena, or court order. Rutgers University police do not inquire into nor record the immigration status of students or other persons unless required by an Attorney General’s directive.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy characterizes colleges and universities as “sensitive locations,” which are places where, in the normal course of things, enforcement actions should not occur unless extraordinary circumstances exist.