3. How to Apply to the NJ STARS Program



We are excited that you have decided to apply to Bergen Community College as a new or transfer prospective NJ STARS student in the NJ STARS program.  Prospective NJ STARS students should have already received a letter from HESAA.  Letters will be going out Bergen Community College with several enclosures by the end of March, 2019.

If you did not receive a letter from HESAA or Bergen Community College by mid-April, 2019, please visit Information for High School Students and Graduates to find out what you can do next.

Let’s Get Started

Once you receive your letter, check the NJ STARS Fact Sheet for 2019 High School Graduates to be sure you meet all of the eligibility requirements. Next, follow the NJ STARS Application Process Checklist to complete your NJ STARS Application/Contract Fall 2019/Spring 2020 and make an appointment to come in to have it signed as soon as you have registered for the Fall 2019 semester and your contract is 100% complete. 

Online registration opens on October 31st for Spring 2020 so new students may have to come in to register. 

NJ STARS packages are located in Room A-128A in the Pitkin Education Center in the mailbox on the office door in an orange folder marked “NJ STARS Packages,” or visit Room A-118 and ask the staff at the front desk for an NJ STARS package.

The final deadline to have all steps completed for the Spring 2020 semester is January , and the final deadline for the Fall 2 2019 semester is September 25th.  Please remember that all required steps, especially federal and state-based financial aid review must be completed in order to be officially certified as an NJ STARS student.*

*It is of the utmost importance that all financial aid (FAFSA) and state-based (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

To ensure that you have completed all necessary steps, 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.

You can also access the following documents:

Federal Financial Aid Review Process (FAFSA)PowerPoint version* or PDF version*

State-Based Financial Aid Review Process (HESAA)PowerPoint version* or PDF version*

*All links in the PowerPoint presentations and the pdf versions are clickable, and videos are playable.  To view PowerPoint presentations: click “Enable Editing”, then click “Enable Content”.  *For free alternatives to view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, click here.