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New and Critical Updates

Recent legislative changes, and well as changes within Bergen Community College, may affect your financial aid. To keep you aware of any new requirements, we will post any updates regularly. These types of updates may also be sent to you via email or through your my.bergen.edu account, so be sure to check these frequently.

Using Prior Year Tax Information on FAFSA

There has been a significant change to income and tax information that students should be aware of when they complete their 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The 2019-2020 FAFSA application (new or renewal) will require the 2017 income and tax information.

DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act)

Effective June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed that all loving and committed couples who marry deserve equal legal respect and treatment.

Consistent with the decision, same-sex couples (both the student and the student’s parents) must report their marital status as ‘married’ on the FAFSA if they were legally married in a state or other jurisdiction (foreign country), without regard to where the couple resides or where the student will be attending school.