State Programs

Higher Education Student Assistance Authority

HESAA is the State Agency that runs the Tuition Aid Grants program (TAG), Education Opportunity Fund Grants (EOF), New Jersey College Loans to Assist State Students (NJCLASS) and various scholarship programs. They also have online services, tools and other resources.

Tuition Aid Grant 

The Tuition Aid Grant is awarded to NJ residents of at least twelve (12) consecutive months. The parent(s) of a dependent student must also be New Jersey Residents for the prescribed period of time. In addition, recipients must be or intend to be enrolled as full-time undergraduates at a state institution of higher learning and must demonstrate financial need.

TAG awards are renewable annually and range from $1,600 to $6,000. Students are notified of their award by the HESAA. You may receive the award for nine (9) semesters if financial need is demonstrated. You must reapply to HESAA for funds each year by submitting a Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) by June 1 for renewal students and October 1 for new students. You must be working on a first undergraduate degree.

Educational Opportunity Fund Grants 

Established by the New Jersey Legislature in 1968, Educational Opportunity Fund Grants (EOF) are awarded to undergraduates from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who also demonstrate financial need. Applicants must contact the University EOF Director in order to be admitted into the program. Students and the parent(s) of dependent students must be residents of New Jersey for 12 consecutive months prior to receiving this award and maintain full-time attendance. Graduate students may also be eligible if they were EOF participants as undergraduates. The application deadline is October 1 for the academic year and March 1 for Spring only. Grants range from $1,150 to $1,400 a year.

William Paterson Tuition Aid Grants

This award is made annually to those students who qualify for the New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant Program (TAG) and are not receiving a full tuition scholarship from the University. Currently Awards are $616 for the maximum TAG award and $310 for all others.

NJ STARS II 

The amount of the NJ STARS II award for the first two semesters of study at a New Jersey four-year public college or university will be based on a student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) upon graduation from a county college. NJ STARS who graduated from a county college with a GPA equal to or greater than 3.25 and less than 3.50 may receive an NJ STARS II award of up to $3,000 per semester. Those graduating with GPAs of 3.50 or higher may receive up to $3,500 per semester. The amount of the award for the third and fourth semesters of study will be based on the cumulative GPA attained at the four-year public institution at the start of the third semester of study.

The NJ STARS II award will be based on tuition only, except for Tuition Aid Grant recipients who will receive NJ STARS II awards based on tuition and approved fees. The amount of the NJ STARS II award will be determined after all other State and Federal grants and scholarships are applied to these charges. The State funds 50% of the NJ STARS II award, while 50% is provided by the four-year public institution.  Students will be responsible for any remaining balance. NJ STARS II awards are dependent upon annual State appropriations.

NJ World Trade Center Scholarship

Recipients of this scholarship are the dependent children and surviving spouses of New Jersey residents who died as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United State on September 11, 2001. Student may attend an eligible post-secondary school in New Jersey or may also attend on out-of -state institution of higher learning. You must be a full time undergraduate student.

Survivor Tuition Benefits

This scholarship benefits the dependent children and surviving spouses of New Jersey, firefighters, emergency service workers, or law enforcement officers who were kill in the line of duty. The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition of any New Jersey public college or university. Those students enrolled at an independent New Jersey college or university may receive up to the highest tuition charged at a New Jersey public institution. Half-time students as well as full-time student are eligible.

Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Scholarship

The dependent children of New Jersey law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty are eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years and covers the cost of attendance, less other scholarships, grants, benefits and other assistance awarded.

Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars and Urban Scholars

Recipients are awarded $970.00 each year to full-time students based upon their high school records and SAT scores at the conclusion of their junior year. Notification from the state of New Jersey and the University is automatic. The scholarship is automatically renewed for up to four years based on maintained minimum GPA of 3.0, satisfactory academic progress toward graduation, and full-time undergraduate status.Scholarship program recognizes outstanding academic achievement of New Jersey high school seniors who graduated prior to 2010.

 New Jersey College Loan to Assist State Students 

This is a loan program designed to assist New Jersey families with financing higher education or for those families outside of New Jersey who have children attending New Jersey schools.

Borrowers can apply online at the link above. The application must be completed and submitted along with required supporting documents to the New Jersey Office of Student Assistance for approval. A credit check is performed to determine the borrowers ability to repay the loan. If approved, the Financial Aid Office receives a request to certify enrollment and other eligibility factors.