Like scholarships, grants are gift aid that does not need to be repaid. Grants are awarded to students based solely on financial need. To be considered for any grants, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA®) form.


Pell Grant

The Pell Grant is a federal grant for undergraduate students with financial need.

Amounts can change yearly. For the 2017–18 award year (July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018), the maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $5,920. The amount you get will depend on

  • your financial need,

  • your cost of attendance,

  • your status as a full-time or part-time student, and

  • your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less. 

You may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time.


Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Institutions are given a restricted amount of SEOG funds each academic year by the U.S. Department of Education. Students who will receive Federal Pell Grants and have the most financial aid will receive FSEOGs first. Once the full amount of the school’s FSEOG funds has been awarded to students, no more FSEOG awards can be made for that year. Since funds are limited, the University's Priority filing deadline for FAFSA is March 1st.


Tuition Aid Grant (TAG)

A Tuition Aid Grant is a state financial aid program that is administered by the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA). TAG awards go to full-time undergraduate students enrolled in an approved degree or certificate program. Students must be legal residents of New Jersey for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to enrollment. One third of all full-time undergraduate New Jersey residents attending school in New Jersey receive support through TAG.

TAG awards may cover up to the cost of tuition and the award depends on several factors, including:

•             Financial need

•             Cost of attendance

•             Available funding

2018 - 2019 Academic Year State Application Deadlines

The FAFSA must be RECEIVED by the Federal processor (not postmarked) by the dates indicated below to be considered for TAG:

2017-18 TAG recipients - Renewal applicants for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 - April 15, 2018 

Spring 2019 only - September 15, 2018

All other applicants - Non-renewal applicants for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 - February 15, 2019


Educational Opportunity Fund

The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund Grant is awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students from economic and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. The Fund assists low-income New Jersey residents who are capable and motivated but lack adequate preparation for college study.  Grants are renewable annually based upon satisfactory academic progress and continued financial eligibility

Undergraduate grants range from $1,150 to $1,400 per year and graduate grants up to $2,300 per year depending on college costs and financial need.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students who have been New Jersey residents for 12 consecutive months prior to the award period.

  • Students who demonstrate "historical poverty" as defined by EOF guidelines as well as adhere to family size and income cut–off.

  • Students who are enrolled full-time.



The NJ STARS II Program is a continuation of the NJ STARS Program that provides successful NJ Stars students from New Jersey county community colleges with funding to transfer to a New Jersey four year college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree.

NJ STARS students must have graduated from a NJ county college with an associate degree and a GPA of 3.25 or higher.

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, not to exceed $1,250 per semester.