Frequently Asked Questions for the Public Tuition Rate Program
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No special application is required. Students who apply for admission are automatically considered. If they meet the eligibility requirements they will automatically receive this tuition rate.
How much is the Public Tuition Rate discount?
Students receiving the PTR rate for the 2014-15 academic year will receive a tuition reduction of $22,500 per year for four years.
Students graduating high school in 2014 and enrolling at Seton Hall in fall 2014 as first-time, full time freshmen. The program is open to students from all states as well as international students as long as they meet the following requirements:
- Apply by Dec 15
- Are in the top 10% of their high school class
- Have a minimum of a 27 ACT composite score or a combined 1200 on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT with not less than 550 on either section
Can Transfer students receive this rate?
No, this tuition rate is not open to transfer students.
What if the student’s high school does not provide a class rank?
This Public Tuition Rate will only be given to students who can demonstrate that they are in the top 10% of their high school class. If the high school does not provide rank on the transcript, the guidance counselor can indicate that the student is in the top 10% of the class on the counselor report or provide a letter indicating that the student is in the top 10% of the class.
Do students keep this rate for all four years?
This $22,500 discount will remain in effect for four years (8 semesters), provided that the student maintains a 3.0 GPA, completes at least 24 credits a year and maintains continuous full-time enrollment. The base tuition rate will increase modestly each year in accordance with regular tuition increases at Seton Hall which are normally between 3% & 5%, however the discount will remain constant at $22,500 annually.
Can students also qualify for need-based aid?
Yes, students who file the FAFSA may be eligible for need based grants in addition to this reduced tuition rate.
Can these students still apply for special scholarships like the Debate scholarship, Pep Band scholarship, Provost’s scholarship etc.?
Yes, students can still apply for all of the special scholarships.
Why are you offering this program?
We know there is a lot concern about the rising cost of college and the extensive loan burdens and we want to be part of the solution and do our part and better serve our students and the community by making a nurturing education with small classes and a 14-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio more affordable and accessible.
How is this program different than a merit scholarship or other financial aid?
This is not a scholarship, it is an upfront, guaranteed tuition rate. Unlike a scholarship there is more certainty and less variability. Students do not have to apply, or compete, or wait to find out what their tuition will be for the coming year. This program gives families a guaranteed tuition rate right up front, allowing them to clearly know the bottom line. It eliminates the waiting and worrying about what they might qualify for.
What about all the students who do not qualify for this program - will their tuition increase?
The public tuition rate program will not increase the cost for other students. In fact, Seton Hall is very generous with our institutional aid and students who don’t meet the criteria for the Public Tuition Rate Program can still expect to receive generous scholarships and need-based financial aid from Seton Hall.