If you live in the State of New Jersey, you may qualify for a variety of generous state-based grants and scholarships. These funds are different from New Jersey student loans and do not need to be repaid. Learn more about what types of grants are available and how to apply.
Available State Aid
The State of New Jersey’s Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) administers the majority of the state’s grants. Refer to the HESAA website for the most up-to-date information about state-based scholarships and grants.
Tuition Aid Grant (TAG)
New Jersey’s TAG award program offers some of the most generous state-sponsored, need-based grants in the nation. If you demonstrate exceptional financial need, you may qualify for an annual award up to $12,438 (in 2016) for a maximum of nine semesters of full-time undergraduate study at Stevens.
Your eligibility is based on the financial information supplied on your FAFSA, and you must be enrolled full-time in a Stevens bachelor's degree program and meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements to renew the award. If you’re an incoming student, your FAFSA must be filed by October 1 if you wish to be considered for a TAG award. For renewing applicants, the FAFSA filing deadline is June 1.
Note: If you are a New Jersey resident who is TAG-eligible and you are transferring into Stevens for the spring semester, you must inform HESAA by logging into your HESAA account and changing your school code to 002639. Your FAFSA must be received by March 1.
The Governor's Urban Scholars Program Award
This is a renewable merit-based award of $1,000 for high school seniors from high-need communities who rank in the top 5% of their class. There is no application process; your eligibility is determined by the high schools reporting the top 15% of their current junior class to HESAA. HESAA then identifies students who rank in the top 5% with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and sends a notice to you if you are selected for an award. For more information, and to see which communities are included, view the program’s brochure and fact sheet.
Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Grant
New Jersey students admitted into the Stevens Technical Enrichment Program (STEP) program may qualify for the EOF Grant. To receive this need-based award of $2,500 per year, your family must meet income guidelines established by the State of New Jersey, and you must also be from an educationally disadvantaged background.
How Do I Apply for New Jersey Financial Aid?
When you complete and submit your FAFSA, you will then be asked by the FAFSA website to complete the “Additional State Questions for New Jersey.” You can also complete these questions at any time after submitting the FAFSA by logging into the HESAA website. For more help with the Additional State Questions, view HESAA’s “How To” pdf.
If you receive an Applicant Information Request (AIR) from HESAA, you must submit what the HESAA requests from you directly to HESAA.
Note: If you live in a state that offers its own state grant, please check with your state's grant agency to see if those funds may be transferred to Stevens Institute of Technology as an out-of-state school.
What Are the Deadlines for State of New Jersey Grants?
To apply for the State of New Jersey grants listed above, incoming students must file the FAFSA by October 1 (or March 1 for spring semester applicants). Returning students applying for a renewal of their TAG grant must file the FAFSA by the returning student deadline of June 1.
The deadline for submitting additional records to the State of New Jersey for your grant application, such as Applicant Information Requests (AIRs), state verification, college code changes or corrections, is November 15 (or March 15 for spring semester applicants).
Am I Eligible for New Jersey Financial Aid?
In order to be eligible to apply for financial aid from the State of New Jersey, you must:
- Meet all aid eligibility criteria for federal and state funding.
- Be an admitted, degree-seeking student at Stevens Institute of Technology.
- Be a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States and New Jersey.
- Be enrolled and attending courses full-time.
- Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirement for grant renewal.
Important Dates 2016-2017
- April 15, 2016: FAFSA priority filing deadline for renewing TAG recipients
- October 1, 2016: FAFSA filing deadline for new TAG applicants
- November 15, 2016: Deadline for submitting additional information in response to an Applicant Information Request (AIR)
- March 1, 2017: FAFSA filing deadline for TAG eligible spring transfer students
- March 15, 2017: Deadline for spring semester applicants submitting additional information in response to an AIR
Important Dates 2017-2018
- April 15, 2017: FAFSA priority filing deadline for renewal TAG recipients
- September 15, 2017: FAFSA filing deadline for new TAG applicants, and deadline for TAG renewal applicants to submit additional information in response to and Applicant Information Request (AIR)
- November 1, 2017: Deadline for new TAG applicants to submit additional information in response to an AIR
- February 18, 2018: FAFSA filing deadline for TAG eligible spring transfer students
- March 1, 2018: Deadline for spring semester TAG applicants submitting additional information in response to an AIR
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New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA)
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