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1. Information for High School Students and Graduates

To High School Students and Graduates:
In February, letters will be sent out by the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) to high school students who qualified for the NJ STARS program as prospective NJ STARS students at the end of their junior year.

After receiving the prospective NJ STARS scholars’ information from HESAA, Bergen Community College will send a letter to those prospective NJ STARS students together with the Application Process for New and Transfer Students checklist, the NJ STARS Application/Contract, and the HESAA NJ STARS Fact Sheet for 2017* High School Graduates.

If you receive a letter from Bergen Community College, read the enclosed NJ STARS Fact Sheet for 2017 High School Graduates carefully to be sure you meet the eligibility requirements.  The 2017 fact sheet will not be available until February.  You may click here to access the Fact Sheet for 2017 High School Graduates but please be aware that it 2017 fact sheet may contain revisions.  For more information, please visit the NJ STARS Eligibility Requirements for New and Transfer Students webpage.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, please read the letter and attachments carefully since these documents contain important information including requirements that must be met to be officially certified as an NJ STARS student, as well as requirements necessary to maintain eligibility in the NJ STARS program.  For more information, please visit the NJ STARS How to Apply to the NJ STARS Program webpage.

Students who are eligible and have already applied to Bergen Community College should email ckrostek@bergen.edu so their college record can be flagged as Prospective NJ STARS students, and they can be added to the NJ STARS email list to receive important announcements regarding upcoming deadlines, NJ STARS Information Sessions, registration dates, etc.

What if You Do Not Receive a Letter from HESAA or Bergen Community College?
If you did not receive a letter from HESAA or Bergen Community College by the end of March and believe you should have, please check with your high school guidance department to see if you ranked in the top 15% of your class at the end of your junior year.  If you did not qualify at the end of your junior year, you can still qualify if you rank in the top 15% of your class at the end of your senior year.

Students whose names are not on the HESAA list of qualifying junior high school students but should have been and students who qualify at the end of their senior year are potentially eligible for the NJ STARS Program. However, these students will need to provide proof of their class rank and class size either 1) on an official final signed and sealed transcript, or 2) in a signed letter from their high school on the high school’s letterhead, sealed with the school seal.

Students who already graduated and are within five semesters from high school graduation are also potentially eligible for the NJ STARS Program.  These students may also need to provide proof of their class rank and class size (see above) depending upon whether or not these students are listed on a previous HESAA list of qualifying junior high school students.

Need More Information?
Students who have not applied to Bergen Community College yet but are interested in learning more about the program can attend an NJ STARS Workshop and/or NJ STARS Information Session at the Paramus Campus or at Bergen at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst.

NJ STARS Workshop and/or NJ STARS Information Session dates will be posted on the NJ STARS Events webpage and sent to Bergen County high school guidance offices when the 2017 schedule has been finalized.

If you would like to be added to the NJ STARS email list to receive NJ STARS announcements and important information, please email ckrostek@bergen.edu.