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.

How do I apply for New Jersey State Aid?

FAFSA Confirmation Page

In order for the State of New Jersey to determine your eligibility for state awards (TAG, EOF, NJSTARSII), you need to complete several state questions when you complete your FAFSA.  These questions are found in a link on the Confirmation page.  The Confirmation page appears once you submit your FAFSA. Look for the sentence “Optional Feature – Start your state application – Click here if you want to apply for New Jersey state-based financial aid”.

The Federal Processor will forward your FAFSA information to the State of New Jersey for consideration for state financial aid.

Important Deadlines:

If you are a continuing student, your FAFSA must be processed by April 15th.
If you are a new applicant, your FAFSA must be processed by September 15th.
All other applicants (Spring semester only) February 15th.

Attention: TAG, EOF & NJ STARS II Students!
Students who need to provide documents to the Higher Education Student Assistant Authority (HESAA) may use the below link. It is the simplest way to send your grants and scholarships documents to the state. 
Electronic Document Collection 

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.

Estimating State Grant Eligibility for NJ Residents 

TAG awards are renewable annually and range from $1,874 to $6,382. 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 April 15th for renewal students and September 15th 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 April 1st. Grants range from $1,150 to $1,400 a year.

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 may receive an NJ STARS II award of up to $1,250 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. 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. To apply, download application at NJGrants.org

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. To apply, download application at NJGrants.org

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 fulltime enrollment is required. It covers the cost of attendance at any approved institution of higher education in New Jersey, less other scholarships, grants, benefits and other assistance awarded. To apply, download application at NJGrants.org

Governor's Urban Scholarship 

The Governor’s Urban Scholarship is a merit award available to students who rank in to the top 5.0 percent of their high school class and attain a grade point average of at least 3.0 at the end of the junior year in high school, file a FAFSA and have a New Jersey Eligibility Index below 10500. To qualify, applicants also must graduate from a traditional public, public charter, county vo-tech or non-public school and reside in Asbury Park, Camden, East Orange, Irvington Township, Jersey City, Lakewood, Millville, Newark, New Brunswick, Trenton, Paterson, Plainfield, Roselle Borough or Vineland. There is no application process for this scholarship.

New Jersey Foster Care Scholars 

Foster and Adoptive Family Services (FAFS), in partnership with the Department of Children and Families (DCF), provides educational assistance through the New Jersey Foster Care (NJFC) Scholars Program. 
            Eligibility Criteria
            2016-2017 Application
For more information about the New Jersey Foster Care Scholars Program, please call FAFS at 1.800.222.0047 Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and ask for the Scholarship Department or email scholarships@fafsonline.org