Financial Aid Checklist

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Financial Aid Checklist


Use this Checklist

Complete the FAFSA at

Priority Deadline: March 1th

  • Add New Jersey City University School Code 002613
  • Make sure it's signed with your FSA ID

Complete the NJ State Application for Financial Aid

  • At the end of the FAFSA application, there is a link to redirect you to the state application (HESAA) to answer additional questions for state aid consideration
  • If you closed the window or can't find the link, go directly to and click on "Report Additional Information for State Aid"

Review your Student Aid Report (SAR)

  • The SAR is a copy of what you reported on the FAFSA. You will receive an email when it is ready to be viewed online. Please check for any mistakes. If you made a mistake, you may log back onto to make a correction.
  • The SAR will tell you if you were selected for verification. If so, you will receive a letter from our office outlining the additional documentation requested.

Submit any missing documentation

  • Log on to GothicNet to see if you're missing any forms
  • We will email you reminders if we require any additional documentation or forms.
  • Please submit this information ASAP to the financial aid office
  • If you estimated your tax information on the FAFSA, please use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to submit your updated tax information

Review your financial aid awards

  • Awards can be viewed electronically on GothicNet
  • New Students: Award letters will begin to be mailed in January
  • Returning Students: Award letters will begin to be mail in March or check GothicNet starting in late March to see aid.
  • Review costs and determine how much you owe for out of pocket expenses. Contact our office if you don't understand something
  • Do you have a special circumstance? Complete the Special Circumstance: Request for Review form

Accept, adjust, or decline your student loan(s) on GothicNet

  • Borrowing a Stafford loan for the first time? You must do two things:
  1. Complete Entrance Counseling at
  2. Sign Master Promissory Note (MPN) at

Apply for outside scholarships

  • Use scholarship search engines
  • Check with companies for scholarships opportunities
  • If you receive a scholarship, notify the Office of Student Financial Aid by providing a copy of the award letter

Decide on payment options to pay the bill

  • Payment plan
  • Other payment options
  • Parent PLUS loan
  • Private loan

Pay your bill

  • Bills are available in late July and due in mid-August
  • You have to pay the difference between your charges and financial aid through one or more of the options above

Adding or dropping classes?

  • Check with the Office of Student Financial Aid to see how it will affect your financial aid