New Student Steps
∇ Submit a Visiting Application
New Students: Students who have not taken a graduate course with TCNJ must submit a Visiting Student Application online with The Office of Graduate Studies. Shortly following your submission, you will receive an email from The Office of Graduate Studies with your PAWS ID and a letter of acceptance. As a visiting student, you are allowed to take three graduate courses. Students who plan on taking more than three graduate courses MUST apply for admissions before they reach the 9-credit threshold. Students will not be able to register for courses beyond the 9-credit threshold.
∇ Course Selection and Advisement
Please review the program planner for your program and consult your Program Advisors.
Stuart Carroll, Ph.D. – email@example.com (Elementary/Secondary Education and Educational Leadership)
Jill Schwarz, Ph.D. – firstname.lastname@example.org (School Counseling)
Yiqiang Wu, Ph.D. – email@example.com (Teaching English as a Second Language)
∇ Course Registration
All students MUST complete and submit a pre-registration form. Upon submission, OSGP will review and will email students with course registration and tuition information. Please allow 1-2 weeks to receive a registration email.
Students will not be able to register for courses beyond the 9-credit threshold (three graduate courses). Students wishing to continue beyond three graduate courses MUST apply and be accepted into a graduate program (Certificate or M.Ed).
∇ Course Payment and Student Fee
Payment must be made in full by the deadline indicated either on the registration confirmation email or on TCNJ’s billing calendar. OSGP prohibits students from sitting in a course with an outstanding balance on their accounts. Please visit The Office of Student Accounts to learn about the different payment plans for students.
Each month, The Office of Student Accounts sends students a TCNJ invoice to their to TCNJ email address.
Please visit TCNJ’s billing calendar to determine tuition due dates.
Student Fee: All matriculated schools in the School of Education will incur a one-time Live Text Fee of $139.
∇ Student Financial Responsibility
Students who have registered for graduate courses with The College of New Jersey’s Off-Site Graduate Programs must reconcile all outstanding balances before the commencement of an OSGP course(s) and assume financial responsibility for the payment of tuition and fees incurred while enrolled at The College of New Jersey’s Off-Site Graduate Programs.
Please read and submit the following student responsibility form before you begin your course(s).
If your plans change and you need to drop your course(s), please immediately notify OSGP at firstname.lastname@example.org or your account may be subject to fines.
∇ Travel Arrangements
∇ New Student Summer Application
TCNJ Off-Site Graduate Programs (OSGP) offer new graduate students, looking to pursue either a Certificate and/or M.Ed. through OSGP, an opportunity to apply for a scholarship (upwards of $350) towards summer tuition only. To be considered for the scholarship students must be new to the program and a carry full load in the summer (3 courses – 9 graduate credits). If you meet these criteria and would like to be considered for the summer scholarship, please do the following in this order:
- Pre-register for three summer courses with OSGP.
- Register for your courses through PAWS.
- Complete this scholarship application form.
Students’ scholarship applications will be reviewed when the criteria and steps above have been met. Scholarship decisions will be sent to students through email by April 15 and will follow a rolling application review/award procedure after April 15.
Course Preparation – Students
To access TCNJ systems (PAWS, Canvas, and TCNJ Email – Google Apps) go to today.tcnj.edu.
- PAWS is TCNJ’s electronic student database, where students can access grades, pay tuition, order transcripts, and apply for graduation. All students are assigned a PAWS ID after submitting either a Visiting Student Application or a graduate application for admissions to a Certificate or M.Ed. global program. For PAWS help please click here.
- Canvas is a course management tool to post messages and upload class materials.
- TCNJ Email: TCNJ sends all official communication via email only, including your tuition invoice. If you don’t plan on using your TCNJ email account, it is very important that you permanently forward TCNJ emails to another email account. Please click here to learn how.
Please click here to lookup/reset your password if you are unable to access PAWS, CANVAS, TCNJ Email (google apps).
Students having difficulty accessing their passwords and accounts (after following the steps in account lookup), must reach out to the IT Help Desk on campus at email@example.com. Students who have forgotten their username (the first part of your TCNJ email ie: firstname.lastname@example.org), different from PAWS ID, please contact email@example.com.
Feel free to reach out to your instructor prior to your course as a way to introduce yourself and to learn more about course expectations. If you are not sure who your instructor is please contact OSGP at firstname.lastname@example.org. If an instructor has been assigned, our office can forward you the instructor’s contact information.