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, Rutgers is planning for a Fall 2020 semester that will combine a majority of remotely delivered courses with a very limited number of in-person classes. 

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.
  • 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 our program.


Applications for the Fall 2020 semester are no longer being accepted. The application for the Spring 2021 semester will be available on December 1.

Key Dates

  • December 1 - Application period for Spring 2021 semester opens
  • December 23 - Winter break begins
  • January 19 - Spring 2021 semester beings
  • January 27 - Deadline to submit application for Spring 2021 semester
  • January 29 - Deadline to submit permission to audit
  • March 13 - Spring break begins
  • March 21 - Spring break ends
  • May 13 - Spring semester ends