There are multiple types of financial aid available to students attending accredited programs. The most common types of financial aid include grants, loans, work-study and scholarships. The resources provided below are intended to offer guidance in financing your child’s education.
HESAA, the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, is the only New Jersey state agency with the sole mission of providing students and families with financial and informational resources for students to pursue their education beyond high school.
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.
The CSS Profile is an online application that collects information used by nearly 400 colleges and scholarship programs to award non-federal aid. (For federal aid you must complete the FAFSA, available Oct. 1 at fafsa.ed.gov.) Some colleges may require the CSS Profile from both biological/adoptive parents in cases of divorce or separation.
Fastweb is an online resource that offers scholarships for every type of student from the high school freshmen to the returning adult.
*Local Scholarships are announced in the Spring -- Applications are available through School Counseling
NJ STARS is a scholarship program exclusively for New Jersey residents that covers the cost of tuition at New Jersey's 19 community colleges. Students who rank in the top 15 percent of their high school class at the end of either junior or senior year may be eligible.