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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Winter Session and Summer Session courses are not included under the program.


To apply to audit classes at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Rutgers University-Newark, or Rutgers University-Camden, complete the online application. You will be required to upload proof of age and New Jersey residency at the time of application to be considered for the program. Please contact the appropriate program coordinator if you have any questions.

If you are unable to complete the online application, download and complete a PDF paper application and mail to the appropriate program coordinator listed on the right.

Key Dates

December 1 Application period opens for Spring 2021 Semester
December 8 Senior auditors may begin requesting permission to audit classes. Auditors must use the Permission to Audit Survey to submit approved requests. Please note that approved requests will not be accepted until December 8.
December 23 - January 3 Winter break; university offices closed
January 15 Deadline to submit application for Spring 2021 Semester
January 19 Spring 2021 semester begins
January 27 Deadline to submit approved requests via the  Permission to Audit Survey
March 13-21 Spring break
May 13 Spring semester ends