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Financial Concerns

Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund (also called the Lions Lifting Lions Fund) is a joint venture between the Division of Student Affairs and donations given by the TCNJ community. The SEF assists TCNJ students by providing financial support when they need assistance with unexpected, emergency expenses surrounding situations such as accidents, illness, death of a family member, fire damage, co-pay coverage for medical or mental health services, or the need for temporary housing or food. This funding is not intended to replace or supplement existing financial aid and does not have to be repaid. The SEF will not cover a student’s tuition or fees. Students may apply when they have exhausted all other resources.

Click here for eligibility requirements and the application.

Employment Assistance

For assistance in seeking employment, please view the following resources:

On-Campus

The Career Center – Roscoe West Library, Room 102

Student Employment
During the academic year, student employment is restricted to current TCNJ students attending classes at TCNJ on a minimum of half-time status (undergraduates 2 units and graduate 6 credit hours). In the summer, student employment is available to TCNJ and Non-TCNJ students, which include recent graduates and students from other schools. New and returning Non-TCNJ summer student workers are hired as supplemental employees through the Office of Human Resources.

TCNJ Handshake
TCNJ’s recruitment program allows students and alumni to submit resumes to potential employers and/or interview one another regarding possible employment opportunities.

Other Resources

Idealist

LinkedIn

Indeed

Financial Aid

Financial Aid – Green Hall, Room 101
The Office of Financial Aid counsels students on various resources to aide in funding their education.

Presidential Tuition Credit Appeal

To submit an Presidential Tuition Credit Appeal, please click here and select option 04.

A Presidential Tuition Credit Appeal is an appeal for a percent refund of tuition & fees following a withdrawal from all courses in the semester for which the student is appealing for. All applicants should be aware that while you may seek a semester refund of all tuition and fees not previously refunded, the committee may recommend the grant of any percentage of refund based on consideration of the factors set forth in these guidelines. Final amounts may be adjusted by Financial Aid and Student Accounts to adjust for loans, grants, and scholarships awarded. Room and board is not considered as part of the Presidential Tuition Credit request.

The College strongly encourages students and parents to obtain tuition insurance. More information can be found at: https://studentaccounts.tcnj.edu/insurance/tuition-refund-insurance/.

A student cannot appeal for a tuition refund from single and/or select courses from a semester.

The deadline for all Presidential Tuition Credit Appeal’s is 90 days after finals grades have posted for the semester that is being appealed.

If there are extenuating circumstances preventing you from submitting a Presidential Tuition Credit Appeal within the 90 day deadline, please contact TCNJ Cares in the Dean of Students office at 609-771-2780 or care@tcnj.edu. Meeting a Special Circumstance condition does not guarantee a Presidential Tuition Credit.

Meeting an acceptable special circumstance condition allows the Behavior Intervention Team (BIT) to review all pertinent data supporting the special circumstance. The existence of a special circumstance, however, does not guarantee that the requested relief will be granted. TCNJ Acceptable Special Circumstance Conditions needed to request relief:

The special circumstances must have occurred within the semester for which the request for a Presidential Tuition Credit is being sought.

All requests must to be made within ninety (90) days of the conclusion of the semester for which relief is being requested.

To initiate a Special Circumstances request, please review the acceptable conditions that will be considered for review, below:

  • Significant and persistent documentable health and wellness related conditions that directly impact a student’s ability to attend and/or complete course work (if accommodations can mitigate the situation, students should work with the Office of Disability Support Services)
  • Loss of a parent and/or caregiver
  • Significant and unforeseeable circumstances Hospitalization for mental health related concerns
  • Participation in a Partial or Intensive Outpatient Program

TCNJ Unacceptable Special Circumstance Conditions:

  • Health and wellness concerns that can be resolved through accommodations offered with the Office of Disability Support Services Credit card or other personal debt problems.
  • Failure to abide by withdrawal deadlines.
  • Short term health and wellness related concerns that can be supported through The College’s withdrawal deadline.

If your circumstances fall within the listed reasons to request relief, please submit the completed Presidential Tuition Credit Form with the required documentation.

Note that the ability to request relief does not guarantee that the requested relief will be granted.

The committee meets once a month to review all requests. All Presidential Tuition Credit Appeals are heard by the Behavior Intervention Team (BIT). BIT includes College staff from the Dean of Students Office, Counseling and Prevention Services (CAPS), Academic Affairs, Campus Police Services, Student Health, Student Conduct, Financial Aid, and Records & Registration. The Behavior Intervention Team will review each request for the following criteria:

Positive Considerations: Self-help seeking behavior. The extent to which the student has demonstrated, by actions or plan, a commitment to addressing the circumstances precipitating her/his withdrawal.

Examples may include:

  • self-selecting to be evaluated by a health care provider;
  • committing to a therapeutic plan; o committing to a recommended health care regimen;
  • committing to other healthy coping mechanisms; and/or
  • committing to resolution of any outstanding conduct or legal proceedings.

The extent to which the student has demonstrated, by actions or plan, a commitment to pursuing accommodations (if applicable and appropriate) to support her/his successful return to campus.

Examples may include:

  • Investigating and contemplating a change in academic plan or major;
  • Establishing an affiliation with Disability Support Services;
  • Investigating and contemplating a reduction in course load;
  • Undergoing an evaluation by a health care professional regarding the ability to be successful as a member of the residential community; and/or
  • Committing to take advantage of other College resources such as the Career Center, Center for Student Success, academic advising, student employment, tutoring center, etc.

Negative Considerations.  The extent to which the student has engaged in behavior that is a violation of College policy or law, placed the community at risk, or created a substantial disruption to pedagogy or services.

Examples of applicable policies may include:

  • Student Conduct Code;
  • Title IX Policy;
  • Academic Integrity Policy; and/or
  • Computer Access Agreement.

The extent to which the student has previously received a Presidential Tuition Credit. Absent extraordinary circumstances, a student may be eligible for a Presidential Tuition Credit only one time.

The extent to which the circumstances leading to the Presidential Tuition Credit request occurred after a deadline established in the College Withdrawal Policy (i.e., the more time that passes after the deadline) may weigh in favor of a negative recommendation.

The extent to which the student could feasibly salvage the academic term by taking an “incomplete” grade with her/his professor and then finishing the work at a later date.

The extent to which the student was able to attend class and successfully complete coursework for the academic term.

PLEASE NOTE: 

A complete Presidential Tuition Credit Appeal consists of the following three (3) components; (1) a letter, (2) a chronological timeline, and (3) corresponding documentation. BIT will only see Presidential Tuition Credit Appeals that are complete with all three (3) of the aforementioned components. If you do not submit all three parts of the request, your Presidential Tuition Credit Appeal will not be seen by BIT. Below you will find more information on each component of a complete Presidential Tuition Credit Appeal :

A Letter – students submitting a Presidential Tuition Credit Appeal must submit a letter that states the request, which is a Presidential Tuition Credit Appeal, the percent refund of tuition & fees (50%, 75%, or 100%) and the semester for which the student is appealing. Students must make Presidential Tuition Credit Appeal within 90 days of grades posting for the semester in which they are making their appeal. The letter should include what circumstances prevented you from withdrawing from your courses within The College’s tuition refund schedule deadlines. All refund schedule deadlines can be found on The College’s academic calendar, which may be viewed here: https://tcnj.pages.tcnj.edu/academics/academic-calendars/.

A Chronological Timeline – students submitting a Presidential Tuition Credit Appeal must provide a chronological timeline with all relevant dates of circumstances that prevented the student from withdrawing from courses prior to the deadline. Many students will provide these dates in “bullet-point format.” This document must be submitted separately from the letter.

Corresponding Documentation – students submitting a Presidential Tuition Credit Appeal must provide corresponding documentation to verify circumstances listed in their letter and on their timeline that prevented the student from withdrawing from courses the tuition refund schedule deadlines. This documentation can include treatment verification, appointment dates, discharge documentation, obituaries, letters of support from on-campus offices such as Disability Support Services or CAPS, and other documentation that seems to fit. BIT meets on a monthly basis to review all Presidential Tuition Credit Appeals. Depending on the volume of appeals and when your is submitted, it may take anywhere from 1-2 months to receive the outcome for your appeal. The decision is final, and the Presidential Tuition Credit Appeal process is not designed to take place of other appeal processes at The College (i.e. academic dismissal appeal). Once a decision has been made, a letter will be sent to your TCNJ email account with the outcome of your appeal request.

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