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 courses.

Choosing a Course

In support of Rutgers' commitment to health and safety for all members of its community, the Senior Citizen Audit Program will resume with in-person and online classes for the Spring 2022 semester with a vaccine certification requirement that must be completed by January 4, 2022.  

What does this mean for the Senior Citizen Audit Program?

  • All senior citizen auditors participating in the Spring 2022 semester are required to upload proof of vaccination by January 4, regardless of auditing status (in person or online). 
  • Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be submitted by December 17.
  • Senior citizen auditors who are not vaccinated or do not qualify for an exemption will not be permitted to audit classes.
  • Senior citizen auditors may audit classes with the permission of the instructor and within 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 covered by this program.

(Email instructions sent to senior auditors on 12/3/2021)

Senior Citizen Auditor Class Participation Guidelines

Senior Citizen Auditors are guests of the university and are welcome to enjoy classes as long as they respect the expectations of the instructor regarding auditors and do not negatively impact the educational experience of other class participants.  

The class instructor, at their sole discretion, determines whether auditors in the class will be able to fully participate in the class or will only be allowed to observe with no active participation. In addition, the instructor may rescind permission of the auditor to participate if the instructor deems that it is in the best interest of the class to do so.  If a senior citizen auditor does not abide by the guidelines set forth by the instructor, is disruptive, or otherwise behaves in a way the instructor believes is detrimental to the class, either the instructor or the Senior Citizen Audit Program coordinator has the authority to rescind consent to audit the class and/or disenroll the auditor from the program. 


The application period for the Spring 2022 semester is now closed.

Key Dates

December 1 Online application for new members opens
December 6-January 12 Senior auditors may email instructors to request permission to audit
December 17 Deadline for submitting a vaccine exemption request
December 20 Deadline for new applicants to apply to the program
December 24-31 University closed for winter break (no registrations will be processed during this time).
January 4 Deadline for submitting proof of vaccination
January 12 Deadline to submit Permission to Audit Form
January 17 Holiday, university closed
January 18 First day of Spring 2022 semester
March 12-20 Spring break, no classes
May 2 Regular Classes end