Q. What is School Counts!?
School Counts! is a two-year tuition scholarship to Rowan College of South Jersey - Cumberland Campus. The scholarship program encourages and rewards students for the development of skills necessary for college and the workforce: Punctuality, discipline, hard work, and motivation to achieve goals.
Q. Who is eligible to enroll in the School Counts! Scholarship program?
Students who are Cumberland County residents can contact their high school guidance counselor to enroll. A high school student can earn a School Counts! Certificate for each year of enrollment. Students can enroll at the start of the year through November 1st.
Q. Who is eligible for School Counts! Scholarship?
Students must be a resident of Cumberland County and obtain 4 School Counts! Certificates from participating high schools.
Q. What are the scholarship guidelines?
Students must enroll at Rowan College of South Jersey - Cumberland Campus and maintain full-time, degree-seeking status to receive a School Counts! Scholarship. Students must successfully complete 12 credits or more each semester with a minimum grade of a “C" in each course. A reduction in credits to less than full-time will forfeit the scholarship and may result in an account balance. Students must apply for financial aid (fafsa.gov) annually. All applicable financial aid (Pell Grant, NJ Stars, all eligible grant scholarship monies and other funding) will be applied to each semester's tuition before the School Counts! Scholarship. Students are responsible for payment of any costs not covered by School Counts! or other financial aid.
Q. What does School Counts! actually cover?
The School Counts! is a tuition scholarship that covers the tuition cost of fifteen (15) college level credits per fall and spring semesters for two consecutive years (60 credit hour limit). It does not cover books, fees, or remedial classes.
Q. Does the scholarship have to be used right away?
Students may defer the School Counts! Scholarship for up to one year if Rowan College of South Jersey - Cumberland Campus is the first college to which the student is admitted and the student has notified the Admissions Office.
Q. What can parents do to promote School Counts?
Remind your child each year to apply for the School Counts! Program. Encourage your child to arrive at school every day on time. Motivate them to practice time management and good study skills to achieve good grades. Help them to stay on track to complete high school in four years. Encourage them challenge themselves by taking more than the minimum required courses.
Q. How does a student stay eligible for the School Counts! Scholarship?
The student must achieve the following each year of high school:
Obtain a grade of “C" or better in every course.
Achieve a 95% attendance and punctuality record.
Complete high school in four consecutive years.
Take more than the minimum required courses and take Algebra I.
Q. Who gives out the School Counts! Certificate?
Each year the criteria is met, your child will receive a School Counts! Certificate from his/her high school.
For more information, please contact the Guidance Director/School Counts! Liaison at your high school.
Contact Bill Reyes with questions regarding your scholarship eligibility and general admissions questions". 856-200-4659 | wreyes1@RCSJ.edu
For more information regarding the School Counts! scholarship transfer option to Rowan University, contact Michael Plagianakos, Ed.D.