Senior Citizen Audit Program

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey provides senior citizens with opportunities in higher education.

The Senior Citizen Audit Program was created by the Rutgers University Board of Governors to permit retired New Jersey residents, age 62 or older, to audit courses on a space-available, noncredit basis. There are no tuition costs for auditing courses. Senior auditors do not receive academic credit for audited course.

Choosing a Course

After careful consideration of all possible models for safely and effectively delivering instruction during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Senior Citizen Audit program will continue to be offered virtually during the Spring 2021 semester. 

What does this mean for the Senior Citizen Audit Program?

  • To reduce the number of people physically on campus, senior citizen auditors will not be permitted to audit in-person classes.
  • Senior citizen auditors may audit on-line classes with the permission of the instructor and following all departmental guidelines. Senior auditors are not required to complete assignments or participate in exams.
  • Only courses offered during the spring and fall semesters are open to auditors. No other courses offered at the university are available under the Senior Citizen Audit Program, including courses offered during other terms.
  • The cost of textbooks is not included in the program.
  • Winter Session and Summer Session courses are not included under the program.


The application period for the spring semester is now closed. The application period for the fall semester will open in July.

Key Dates

January 27 Deadline to submit approved requests via the  Permission to Audit Survey
March 13-21 Spring break
May 13 Spring semester ends
July 12 Application period for new members opens for Fall semester