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Seton Hall Hometown Scholarships

$16,000 in scholarship awards available exclusively to New Jersey students in Essex and Passaic Counties!

As a commitment to our mission of serving those in need and our local community, Seton Hall is offering this exciting new award.

Essex and Passaic Counties have been chosen to support students living or attending high school in the counties in which Seton Hall has a campus. Our main campus in South Orange and our School of Law in Newark are in Essex County, and our Interprofessional Health Sciences Campus is in the towns of Nutley and Clifton, which are in Essex and Passaic counties.

This award can be combined with other awards and can be used to cover any directly billed costs, including undergraduate flattuition charges, fees and university-sponsored room and board. This award is renewable if the student files the FAFSA annually, maintains satisfactory academic progress, earns at least 30 credits per academic year, and remains Pell eligible.

Applicants must file the FAFSA form and apply for admission by January 15 of their senior year of high school to be considered for the award. There is no special scholarship application required for this award. The scholarship is automatically awarded in late January to students who meet the eligibility requirements outlined below:

Award Eligibility

  • Incoming freshman who apply for fall admission and submit a FAFSA by January 15
  • Unweighted minimum HS GPA 3.6
  • Attend high school in or have a permanent address in Essex or Passaic County, New Jersey, for at least a year
  • Pell eligibility as determined by the FAFSA

Award Amount

This $4,000 award is renewable for three additional years for a total award of $16,000. When combined with other Seton Hall scholarships and need-based grants, this award helps make Seton Hall nearly tuition free to students receiving maximum Pell and TAG awards! In addition, students can still qualify for need-based aid and apply for other scholarships. Learn more at

Application Procedure

There is no application required for this scholarship; the scholarship is automatically awarded to students who are admitted to Seton Hall and meet the eligibility requirements.

Conditions for Renewal

This award is for residents of Essex county and Passaic county, NJ only. Beginning with your first semester, this award will be renewable for the following three consecutive undergraduate years. Recipients of this award must maintain satisfactory academic progress and remain a full-time student, file the FAFSA annually and remain Pell eligible. If you are no longer eligible for a Pell grant based on being selected for verification, then you will no longer be awarded the Hometown Scholarship.

This award may be combined with other awards and can be used to cover any directly billed costs, including undergraduate flat tuition charges, fees and university-sponsored room and board. This award must be divided equally between the fall and spring semesters. If you do not utilize this award in a given fall or spring semester, you will forfeit these funds and they cannot be applied to any other term or courses. This award cannot be used for enrollment in the summer, non-Seton Hall enrollment, study abroad, graduate level course work even if it is part of a joint degree program or course work taken at another institution, even if it is part of a joint degree program.

A leading Catholic university, Seton Hall provides an outstanding educational experience that is one of the best investments you can make in your future. In fact, we are ranked one of the top five schools in the nation for providing internships and our students have a 90 percent employment rate. Seton Hall’s prestigious national reputation, stellar academic programs, world-class research and renowned faculty, coupled with our small classes, personal attention and value-centered education, perfectly position you for success.

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