Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School:
Financial Aid

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Because our certificate programs are non-matriculated, traditional aid like FAFSA is not available. However, student loans and scholarships are available.  In addition, our certificate programs have been approved for educational benefits through both the GI Bill® VA Training Program. Details below.

Student Loans
Student loans are private and credit based. It is important that you begin planning as early as possible and request a disbursement date prior to your class start date. Loan disbursements must be at least 4 weeks prior to the class start date. To qualify, you must have good credit or a co-signer with good credit.

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To begin the loan process, fill out the RFCU continuing education loan application form. Visit for more details.

You will need to present an invoice and an acceptance letter to RFCU when you apply for a loan. Contact Laura Boyd at 848-932-7184 or via e-mail at to request these documents.

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To begin the loan process, visit and select Undergraduate Student Loan. Details for your application:

  • Select State: NJ
  • Select: Undergraduate degree (Do not choose career training)
  • Select School: Rutgers - University, OCPE Continuing Education, New Brunswick, NJ, 00262997
  • Degree/Certificate of Study: Other
  • Grade Level: Certificate - Continuing Education
  • Enrollment Status: Half time

Sallie Mae will pay Rutgers University directly and that money will be applied toward your tuition fees.

If you take out a loan for more than you owe, Rutgers will issue a refund check to you for the amount over the tuition fees.


  • It takes Rutgers 6-8 weeks to process and mail refund checks.
    • If you need this money by the start of class (e.g., for food, housing, etc.), we recommend that you choose a loan start date on your application of 8 weeks (or about 60 days) before the class start date.
  • The refund check will be mailed to the address* we have on file for you; it will not be hand-delivered to you in class.

*Typically, this is your primary home address. Make sure there is someone available at your address to receive the check who can deposit it or forward it to you or you will not be able to access these funds until you return home after the 10-week session at Rutgers ends.


529 College Savings Plans
Do you have a 529 college savings plan? If so, you can use those funds to pay for your Rutgers Turf School education!

Once you're accepted into the turf program, request an invoice from us showing the amount due and give that to your 529 plan financial advisor. The funds to cover the cost of our course will be released directly to YOU. You should deposit those funds into your own account, then pay us directly using whatever form you choose (i.e., check, e-check, debit/credit card). It's as simple as that!

If your 529 plan requires that you submit a receipt showing your payment to us, let us know -- we're happy to provide it to you!

US Veterans Assistance
Both our 3-Week Preparatory Course and 2-Year Certificate Programs are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill®. All eligible U.S. veterans around the country are encouraged to apply for benefits. For more information, visit our Veterans GI Bill® Educational Benefits page.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

Rutgers Scholarships (For Second-Year Two-Year Certificate Students ONLY) 
For students who excel during their first year in the classroom, Rutgers offers one of the richest pools of turf management scholarship opportunities in the country. The Center for Turfgrass Science coordinates the scholarship program. Awards typically range from $500 to $3,500 and are provided by leading turfgrass associations, foundations, endowments, and corporations in the metropolitan area. The following scholarships will be included in this program:

  • New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association Scholarship Awards
  • New Jersey State Golf Association and Ralph Engel Caddie Scholarship Awards
  • New Jersey Turfgrass Foundation Scholarship Awards
  • Paul DesChamps Memorial Scholarship Awards
  • Peter Loft Memorial Scholarship Awards
  • Ralph Engel Scholarship Awards
  • Ralph Geiger Scholarship Awards
  • Rutgers Center for Turfgrass Science Scholarship Awards
  • Rutgers Turfgrass Alumni Association Scholarship Awards
  • Sports Field Managers Association Scholarship Award

Students who are currently enrolled in the two-year professional turf management program are encouraged to apply. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic performance, proven interest/experience in the field of turfgrass science, and financial need. To be considered for any of these scholarships, candidates must complete the scholarship application form.

Outside Scholarships
Two-Year Certificate Program students may also be interested in applying for scholarships offered by other organizations such as the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Trans-Mississippi Golf Association, and GIE Media (parent company of Golf Course Industry). For more information and scholarship application instructions, visit our additional scholarship opportunities page.

Lifetime Learning Tax Credit
Students who attend Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School may qualify for a 'Lifetime Learning Tax Credit.' A family may claim a credit up to $2000 maximum, equal to 20% of the first $10,000 of educational expenses. Eligible education expenses are offset by scholarships, grants and employer-provided tax free educational assistance. The tax credit is subject to income and other limitations. For more details, consult IRS Publication 970, "Tax Benefits for Higher Education" or discuss with your tax advisor. Visit for information.