Gateway Tuition Program


Is the Gateway Tuition Program a grant or a program I am required to enroll?

The Gateway Tuition Program is a promise that through use of institutional, state and federal resources we will help qualified Pell-eligible students meet their tuition cost obligations. For some students, the promise of zero tuition will include a Gateway Grant to help cover the tuition costs; for others tuition, comprehensive fees and orientation fee will be covered without the need of an additional grant.

Students who do not complete the financial aid application process or do not meet eligibility will have an award package created that matches their EFC and eligibility profile.

Is an application required?

No additional application is required. To be considered, first-year students must apply for full-time undergraduate admission to Saint Peter’s University, using the Common Application and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Saint Peter’s University’s FAFSA code is 002638.

Are test scores required to be eligible?

No. First-year applicants who apply through the University’s test-optional policy are fully eligible for the same consideration as applicants who submit standardized test scores.

If I receive a Gateway Grant, will the amount of my grant remain the same each year?

The amount of your grant, and all supporting financial assistance, will be determined annually based on the results of your FAFSA and your family’s demonstrated need.

How do I know if I have been chosen to receive a Gateway Grant, or if my tuition is covered by other resources?

First-year students who complete a FAFSA will be automatically reviewed for all available institutional, state and federal scholarships and grants. Eligible Gateway Tuition Program students who require additional grant money to cover their tuition will be awarded the Gateway Tuition Grant.

All financial aid will appear in the student’s financial aid award letter.

What are the requirements to retain my grant for each year?

The Gateway Tuition Grant is renewable for up to four years (8 semesters, fall and spring) providing the student remains Pell eligible, maintains full-time enrollment of at least 12 credits, and is in good academic standing.

Who do I contact for more information about the Gateway Tuition Program?

We are dedicated to working with you and your family so that cost will not prevent you from attending and getting an education. For information, contact the Office of Financial Assistance at (201) 761-6060 or email at

How do I know if I qualify for the Gateway Tuition Program?

To be eligible, first-year students must apply and be accepted to Saint Peter’s University as a first-year student for the Fall 2022 semester.  Also, you must be a legal New Jersey resident, living in-state for 12 consecutive months prior to enrollment, and you must be Federal Pell eligible and have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Are current full-time students eligible?

All new freshmen entering the fall 2022 and new Transfer students for the fall 2022 are eligible for the Gateway Tuition Program. Currently enrolled students who meet similar EFC qualifications should consult with their financial aid counselor to carefully review their award package to see how currently awarded scholarships, and grants meet tuition, and comprehensive fee expenses.

Many of our currently enrolled Pell eligible students are receiving maximum institutional, state and federal grant awards.