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TCNJ Pre-Arrival Requirements

In addition to the requirements for your visa you will have to complete forms for various TCNJ offices prior to your arrival. You will receive information on these requirements through the e-mail provided at the time of application and your TCNJ e-mail address. New degree seeking freshman and transfer undergraduate students should follow the instructions provided them by the Office of Admissions and watch this website closely for next steps:

TCNJ Computer Account

The first step to becoming a TCNJ student is activating your PAWS account

  1. Point your browser to
  2. Click “account look up”
  3. Type in your 6 digit TCNJ (PAWS) ID #
  4. Type in your last (family) name as it appears on your passport
  5. Type in your date of birth in mm/dd/yyyy format (e.g. January 11, 1996 would be 01/11/1996)
  6. Click “Get account info”
  7. if you receive the error message “no account exists” e-mail to find out exactly how your name, date of birth, and PAWS ID number are listed in our system.
  8. You will then be shown your TCNJ username and initial password
  10. Return to
  11. Click “change/manage password”
  12. Log in with username and password provided to you in step 7
  13. Follow directions to change your password
  14. SAVE THIS INFORMATION—your TCNJ username and password will be used to log into all TCNJ computers and software.

Student Health

Video From International Student Insurance Insurance Explained

Pre-Arrival Health Forms and Required Immunizations

All new students at The College of New Jersey are required to show that they have immunizations. It is expected that students meet ALL of the College’s health requirements by the deadlines posted in order to accommodate the NJ state immunization requirements. Students should complete the online Student Health medical history form, immunization form, and any other required form in English. If you have difficulty completing the requirements by the deadline please e-mail with your expected completion date. Please visit the following link for complete details and instructions:

The College of New Jersey
Eickhoff Hall, Room 107
P.O. Box 7718
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

Student Health Insurance

TCNJ requires that all full-time students have adequate health insurance to cover medical emergencies and hospitalization. ESL Students will enroll in the TCNJ Student Health plan per program policy, exchange students will enrolled unless proof of alternate insurance is documented by the specified deadline, degree seeking students should follow the instructions to enroll or waive prior to the deadline at the beginning of each semester.

The Center for Global Engagement highly encourages students to enroll in the College provided TCNJ Student Health Insurance Plan. This plan is especially important for student athletes (varisty, club, or amateur) and those with a history of mental illness.

This plan is the only plan accepted by our Student Health Services. If students elect to have alternate insurance, students will be required to pay full cost for services and then submit their receipts to their chosen insurance plan for reimbursement. The College acquired health insurance covers or defrays the cost of laboratory testing, x-rays and prescription medicine that must be obtained through off campus providers. Please also note that the College-acquired health insurance provides a Dental and Vision discount plan, but because eye care and dental care are quite expensive in the US, it is advisable to have these services be performed before you arrive in the US.

For updated information about The College of New Jersey’s Student Health Insurance Plan, please visit their website: TCNJ Student Health Insurance Plan

Housing and Dining

Housing will be arranged by the College at the time of your I-20 or DS-2019. You will be notified as to the location and move-in dates & times once that information has been obtained by the Center for Global Engagement.

Exchange students have the opportunity to Opt-in to our International House, a townhouse-style residence, while most other students will be assigned to a room based on age, class standing, program, and time of year. You can review different layouts on the housing website. Please make any special requests at the time of your acceptance to TCNJ.

Important notes:

  • All rooms and apartments are furnished, except for sheets, towels, toilet paper and other accessories.  Please visit this website for more information on bedding. 
Note:  Room and Board costs are applied to your PAWS account at TCNJ.  Students will need to consult their accounts regularly to make sure they are meeting financial obligations to the College.

Spouse and Children – Dependents

Families are not allowed to stay in on campus housing and must make arrangements to live off-campus. Contact for assistance in finding a a family home that suits your needs close to campus.


A TCNJ On-Campus meal plan is included as part of your bill for your stay at The College of New Jersey. Our office recommends that students enroll in Carte Blanche Meal Plan B unless dietary restrictions prevent them from doing so. The plan includes unlimited meals at the main dining hall (Eickhoff Hall) and set amount of “points” to be used at all other on-campus dining facilities, such as the Student Center and the convenience store. All other food can be purchased at a near-by Shop Rite located 5 minutes by car, 10 minutes by bus, or 30 minutes by walking from TCNJ.

Fees and Payments

The cost of a college education in the US is very high. These costs should be carefully considered when making arrangements to study at The College of New Jersey. You must arrive prepared to meet all of these expenses. Do not rely on earning extra money after you arrive. Financial assistance is usually not available to international students after they arrive and employment opportunities are severely limited. We recommend students have a minimum of $1500 USD available to them at their time of arrival to defray initial costs of entering the U.S., traveling to campus, and purchasing items they need for school.

How You Can Pay

You can pay your bill by credit card, check, cash or wire transfer. You can review the various forms of payment and expected fees for each here:

Wire Transfer
We have found that it is much easier and safer to transfer funds electronically from your bank to The College of New Jersey ’s bank. Keep in mind there may some additional or “hidden” fees that result in a short payment to The College. It is your responsibility to pay any balances that are on your account. If you wire funds it is important that the transfer instructions indicate your name and your PAWS ID in the event the funds are coming from a parent, relative or friend whose last name is different than yours.

Bank: Wells Fargo Bank
2 Washington Crossing Road
Pennington, NJ 08534
Phone # 609-737-0727
ABA/Routing # 031201467
Account # 2000104597941

The College of New Jersey
Swift Code # PNBPUS33

Currency Restrictions & Transfer of Funds to the United States

Before finalizing your plans to study in the US, become familiar with your government’s regulations regarding currency restrictions and the transfer of funds. Some governments restrict the amount of money that can be taken out of the country. Others may restrict funds until an enrollment confirmation letter from the admitting US institution has been received.