Services for Reservists and National Guard Members

Welcome to Rutgers University. We hope you will make use of the programs and events we offer both to adult students who balance full lives and many responsibilities and to those who have selected military service as one of the best ways to serve our community and our country.

Please remember, that to accommodate busy schedules, Rutgers offers

  • courses from early morning through late evening and even on Saturday;
  • a broad range of majors and minors, including a number that can be completed through study in the evening only;
  • a range of academic support programs and student services available in the evening;
  • academic advising geared to the needs and interests of adult students.

Make a visit to a campus veterans services coordinator one of your first stops when you hit campus. Discuss your study plans and get guidance and direction on ways to organize your time, pace your course load, and get the most out of your time with us.

If you are receiving tuition aid under the New Jersey Free Tuition Bill, be sure to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year. You may also be eligible for veterans education benefits under the new GI Bill based on time in deployment.

New Jersey National Guard Programs

New Jersey is one of the few states to provide free college credits to National Guard members. Under the New Jersey Free Tuition Bill, you may be able to receive up to 15 undergraduate or graduate college credits per semester while serving as a member of the New Jersey National Guard.

Post-9/11 GI Bill

National Guard and Reserve members who have had active duty rotations may be eligible for veterans education benefits based on time in deployment.

Military Leave Policy

Read up on Rutgers' policy regarding military leave and inform the registrar if you have been called to active duty. We'll work to accommodate your schedule and stay in contact with you.