Students often flock to NJ for the inclusiveness and diversity of the colleges and universities. New Jersey has a number of grants that help make college more affordable for hundreds of thousands of students. Some of these programs are only available to residents of NJ while other will provide funding for students from out-of-state who are attending a college or university in NJ. See below for a list of scholarships available to NJ students:
New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant: this award provides scholarships exclusively for undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. In order to be eligible, students must be a resident of both the U.S. and NJ. Only first time freshmen are eligible for the award. Students can study almost any major, except theology or divinity. Students must enroll on a full-time basis at an eligible state college or university. The amount of the award depending on a number of factors, such as the availability of funds, whether the student attends a two-year or four-year college, and the students demonstrated level of financial need. The current amounts of the award range from $2,590 to $12,106. Additional information can be found here: http://www.hesaa.org/Documents/TAG_program.pdf.
Governor’s Industry Vocation Scholarships: This award provides NJ students with up to $2,000 per year to pursue a degree or certificate at an eligible state school. In order to be considered for this award, students must be a minority student, a female, and come from a family whose income is less than $60,000. Only students who have completed a FAFSA are eligible to be considered. Students must have a high school diploma and be a resident of NJ. Additional information about this award can be found here: http://www.hesaa.org/Documents/NJ-GIVS_program.pdf.
New Jersey STARS Scholarships: this award rewards high achieving high school juniors and seniors. Students must rank in the top 15% of their graduating class in order to be eligible. Additionally, they must plan to enroll at the college within their county unless their desired major is not offered at that college, in which case they can attend another state university. The award will cover the up to the full cost of tuition provided that the student remains enrolled on a full-time basis. Students must hold at least a 3.0 grade point average. The award may be renewed for up to 5 additional semesters if the students maintains eligibility for the program. Additional information can be found at this website: http://www.hesaa.org/Documents/NJSTARS_program.pdf.
New Jersey Foster Care Scholars: This award is open to students who were in the NJ foster care system. The program provides both academic scholarships for students who plan to attend a college or university as well as opportunity grants for students who want to pursue independent living. These grants may be used to help students cover the cost of tuition, child care, textbooks, educational supplies, student fees, transportation to and from college, laptop and other technology expenses, and the cost of room and board. Additional information about this award can be found here: http://www.hesaa.org/Documents/NJFCFlyer2015-Updated10-23-15.pdf.