• The April 7 board of trustees meeting will take place via WebEx and telephone at 5 p.m. Click here for WebEx or call +1-415-655-0003 and use access code 470 464 248.


2. Eligibility Requirements for New and Transfer Students

In October 2014, new NJ STARS legislation was signed allowing students who rank in the top 15.0% of their class at the end of either their junior or senior year of high school to be potentially eligible for the NJ STARS Program.  Proof of eligibility is required from New Jersey high schools upon graduation.  Please visit Information for New Jersey High Schools for proof of eligibility requirements.

Currently, funds are not available to cover summer courses. Books and fees are not covered by NJ STARS scholarships

In order to be eligible for NJ STARS scholarships, certain academic, residency and financial aid requirements must be met. Please click here to view the HESAA (Higher Education Student Assistance Authority) Fact Sheets for each cohort of NJ STARS students beginning with 2018 high school graduates for eligibility information. Fall 2020 is the last semester of eligibility for 2018 high school graduates, even if they already attended another college or university.

Academic Requirements

Students must rank in the top 15% of their class at the end of their junior or senior year of high school.  Students must provide documentation from their high school guidance office after high school graduation.  Please visit the Information for New Jersey High Schools webpage for more information.

In addition, students must demonstrate college readiness for English, Reading and Math in order to be academically eligible for NJ STARS no later than September 1st, one year following high school graduation or they will no longer be eligible for the NJ STARS program.

Residency Requirements

Students and their parents must be U.S. Citizens or eligible non-citizens, and legal New Jersey residents for a minimum of twelve months prior to high school graduation and upon county college enrollment; and

Students must be residents of Bergen County.  Out-of-county students may attend but MUST be enrolled in a major that is not available at their home county community college or in a program that is oversubscribed for at least one year.

Eligible out-of-county students must follow a “chargeback” procedure every semester which must be completed by stated deadlines.  For more information, please click here.

Federal and State-Based Financial Aid Requirements

Although students are not required to display financial need, each academic year, applications for both federal (FAFSA) and state-based (HESAA) financial aid must be completed, reviewed and processed by Bergen Community College and HESAA by the appropriate deadlines in order to be eligible for the NJ STARS program.*

If an NJ STARS student receives financial aid, NJ STARS will cover the remaining cost of tuition, if any.  If a student is not eligible for any financial aid, NJ STARS will cover the entire cost of tuition.

It is of the utmost importance that all financial aid and HESAA paperwork, and any additional information requested is completed by stated deadlines.  Compliance will ensure continuous enrollment in Bergen Community College’s NJ STARS Program. Failure to complete all documents and provide all requested information may result in an unfunded semester, or possible loss of NJ STARS eligibility.

Financial Aid TV

Please access Financial Aid TV where you can browse through video playlists by category, go through the financial aid process in order, or search for answers to your questions.  These short videos also have a typewritten script that runs alongside it so you can read or listen.

What’s Next?

After determining potential eligibility, or for more information, please contact us.

Once certified, NJ STARS students should periodically refer to the NJ STARS Current Students webpage for reminders and requirements to maintain their NJ STARS status, as well as refer to the appropriate NJ STARS Fact Sheet above.

NJ STARS Information Sessions, Workshops & Other Events

If you have any questions regarding eligibility requirements or the application process, please visit the NJ STARS Events page to check for upcoming events.