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Ramapo College of New Jersey

Border County Scholarship

For Rockland and Orange
High School Graduates*

*Students must enroll at Ramapo College of New Jersey as first-year students

About the Scholarship

  • $10,000 scholarship awarded to all high school graduates of Rockland and Orange County who are admitted to Ramapo College and enroll right from H.S.
  • $4,000 housing scholarship available for all NY students who choose to live on campus.
  • Loans and grants available through FAFSA
  • Flexible payment plan options available

About Mahwah, NJ and Campus

  • The Mahwah and Northern NJ area is home to several corporate headquarters for internships, the Garden State Plaza Mall and American Dream Mall, skiing, golfing, hiking activities, and more. With our own off-campus shuttle system to local places and NYC, you can join in on the fun in the city and other urban centers or relax with nature at the Ramapo Reservation just across the street from campus – it’s the best of both worlds at RCNJ! 
  • HOUSING is guaranteed all four years in our #1-Rated Residence Halls (#1 Best Dorms in NJ by Niche). Learn more about Residence Hall options
  • Take a virtual tour of campus and see why we are named One of the 50 Most Beautiful Campuses in America by Condé Nast Traveler. 
  • LEARN more about the Ramapo College experience and what sets us apart. See why this is the place to boldly make your mark. 
  • View our national TV episode from the Amazon series THE COLLEGE TOUR. Our episode highlights the stories and experiences of 10 of our Roadrunners as they share what it’s like to be a Ramapo College student. Watch the video segment below about Danny from Pearl River, NY. 
Map showing New Jersey and the Orange and Rockland county NY

Ramapo College is:

  • Located 1 mile over the Rockland/Orange County border in Mahwah, NJ
  • Affordable, a great value, and a high return on investment
  • Named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America, by Condé Nast Traveler
  • Rated #1 Best Dorms in NJ by Niche. Guaranteed housing for all 4 years.
  • Awarded a Best College for Your Money by Money magazine
  • Ranked by Payscale.com in the top 15% of 1,312 schools for Return on Investment (ROI)


Where can I find general admissions information?
Do I need a separate application?

You do not have to complete a separate application. If you live in Rockland or Orange County NY, and enroll at Ramapo right out high school, you will be automatically awarded the $10,000 Border County Scholarship.

Is this scholarship renewable?

The scholarship will automatically be renewed for 4 years as long as you are continuously enrolled full time at RCNJ. The scholarship may be extended upon request and review.

Can I commute and still receive the scholarship?

Yes. This scholarship is available for commuter and residential students.

What if I live on campus?

If you live on campus, you will also be awarded the $4,000 Out of State Housing grant. Renewable for 4 years.

What is the minimum criteria to qualify for the scholarship?
  • Students must enroll at Ramapo College of New Jersey as first-year students.
  • Must live in Rockland or Orange Counties in NY while attending Ramapo.
  • Students must maintain full time enrollment.
  • Maintain good academic and disciplinary standing.
What if I move?

If you move out of Rockland or Orange counties during the time you are attending Ramapo, your scholarship will be revoked. You may still qualify for the $4,000 Out of State Housing grant.

What if I take a gap year?

We will defer your scholarship for up to one year as long as you do not enroll full time at any other higher education institution during that time.  

Do Transfer students qualify?

The Border County Scholarship is not available for transfer students.  If you graduate from RCC or OCCC and enroll at Ramapo within 1 year after your associates degree, you will qualify for a special reduced rate.  Check it out.

Do I qualify for other Ramapo Scholarships?
Where do I start?


Ramapo College's McBride Admissions Building

Ramapo College’s Admissions Office
Call: 201-684-7300
Text: 973-310-5080
Email: admissions@ramapo.edu