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Scholarship Process and Timeline

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Kean University Foundation Scholarships
Those wishing to apply for a Kean University Foundation Scholarship (undergraduate, graduate, transfer, international and incoming freshman) must adhere to the following timeline, as it is very strictly enforced in the spirit of fairness to all of our applicants.

December 1st - Kean Universtiy Scholarship Application is Posted Online

February 1st - Incoming Freshman Priority Scholarship Application Deadline

February 28th - Incoming Freshman Priority Award Announcements

March 1st - Kean University Scholarship Application Deadline (application must be fully completed)

March 31st - Incoming Freshman Priority Award/Non-Award Announcements

April 15th - Incoming Freshman Award/Non-Award Announcements

June 15th - Undergraduate and Graduate Award/Non-Award Announcements

July 15th - Award Acceptance Forms and Thank You Letters Due

July 15th - August 1st - Awards Posted in Student KeanWise Accounts.

All Kean Foundation scholarship applications are reviewed by a committee. Applications are judged based upon several key components which incorporate equal and balanced criteria. 

Please email with any questions about the process or timeline.

Kean University Cougar Spirit Graduate Scholarship

Successful applicants must be full-time or part-time graduate students who are enrolled in a degree-granting program for a minimum of one semester. A minimum 3.25 GPA is required. The application for this scholarship is separate from the Kean University Foundation Scholarship Application. 

April 1st - Kean University Cougar Spirit Graduate Scholarship Application Deadline

Please email with any questions about the process or timeline.

External Scholarships
Often, a student receives a scholarship from an organization, foundation or philanthropist that is not affiliated with Kean University or the Foundation Office. This is known as an external scholarship, and The Office of Scholarship Services is happy to process these awards as well.

Because many external scholarships and funding entities have different timelines and criteria, the process for handling these awards is ongoing throughout the year. However, there are a few simple ways to ensure that your external scholarship is posted in the most timely fashion possible.

Ensure that the check is made out to The Kean University Foundation 
Indicate the recipient's name and student id number on the check
Make sure that the address of the funding entity or bank is on the check
When possible, submit both the award letter and check together
Keep copies of everything for your personal files

Checks must be sent to:
Kean University Office of Scholarship Services
Townsend Hall, Room 122
1000 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083

Please do NOT send external scholarship checks to Student Accounting

In the event that a check is forthcoming, please supply the Office of Scholarship Services with a copy of the award letter as well as any accompanying information that should be included in the file as per the funding entity's guidelines. This way, a record of the pending award will be reflected in the student recipient's KeanWise account until the check arrives and is processed. 

Depending on the external donor's specifications, an external scholarship can sometimes be moved across semesters to cover a previous or forthcoming balance. Donor approval must be granted in these situations, and the University reserves the right to adjust the funds from an external scholarship to coincide with any financial aid that a student may already be receiving. In the event that an external scholarship exceeds the cost of attendance, and again per the donor's criteria, a refund check could be issued. In these cases, the recipient is strongly encouraged to apply this refund to a forthcoming balance or books.  

It is the recipient's responsibility to follow up with donors on all external scholarship issues.  


We cannot process checks made out directly to a student, nor can we accept a check which lists a student as the co-payee. 

To view some recommended external scholarship links, click here

Please email with any questions about the external scholarship process.

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