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

The Senior Citizen Audit program will continue to be offered remotely during the Fall 2021 semester. A decision regarding the Spring 2022 semester will be made in December. 

What does this mean for the Senior Citizen Audit Program?

  • Senior citizen auditors will not be permitted to audit in-person or hybrid classes.
  • Senior citizen auditors may audit online 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.

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. 

Application

Applications for the Spring 2022 semester will be accepted in December.