We are excited that you have decided to apply to Bergen Community College as a new or transfer student in the NJ STARS program!  If you have questions about qualifying for the NJ STARS program, please visit the NJ STARS homepage at www.bergen.edu/njstars.  Please contact the NJ STARS Representative if you are having difficulty with any step that may prevent you from meeting the deadline.

You and your parents can access answers to most of your questions on the NJ STARS FAQs webpage, and view new videos that are currently being added to the page.  In addition, a schedule of NJ STARS Information Sessions and webinars is posted on the NJ STARS Events webpage.  Please RSVP to find out everything you need to know about the NJ STARS program.

Please Read to Avoid Unnecessary Delays

  • NJ STARS Application/Contract:  Signing the contract is one of the final steps in the NJ STARS application process.  You should not sign your contract until after you have completed all steps below including completing your federal and state financial aid reviews and registering for your courses full-time.
  • NJ STARS Application/Contract Deadline: The deadline to complete the process and sign the NJ STARS Application/Contract for Fall 2022 is generally the day before the Fall or Spring semesters begin.
  • Scholarship Maintenance Requirements for NJ STARS Students:  Please do not sign the Scholarship Maintenance Requirements for NJ STARS Students online form until you receive an email that your contract has been processed.
  • 2022-2023 FAFSA:  Your financial aid review cannot begin until the FAFSA is in your student record and checked off as complete in the Financial Aid section of your student portal at https://my.bergen.edu/ .  Be sure that Bergen Community College is listed on your FAFSA and that your Social Security number is on your college application or it will not be in your student record and your FAFSA cannot be imported.
  • New Jersey Dreamers should complete the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application. For more information, please click here.

Let’s Get Started (click each link for detailed information)

Read NJ STARS Fact Sheet for eligibility requirements.

Complete the Self-Identification Form for Prospective NJ STARS Students.

Follow the NJ STARS Application Process Checklist and complete all steps.

Check your student Gmail account regularly for important information, and to be sure you are not missing any information.

Read, sign and submit your NJ STARS Application/Contract.

After receiving the email that your NJ STARS Application/Contract has been processed, read, sign, and submit the Scholarship Maintenance Requirements for NJ STARS Students form.

Submit your final, official signed and sealed high school transcript to the NJ STARS Representative after high school graduation.

Maintaining your NJ STARS Scholarship.

Read the NJ STARS Fact Sheet for eligibility requirements.

For eligibility requirements, please check the HESAA website for the NJ STARS Fact Sheet for the year you graduated high school.

Complete the Self-Identification Form for Prospective NJ STARS Students.

If you qualify and are interested in applying to the NJ STARS program at Bergen Community College, please download the Self-Identification Form for Prospective NJ STARS Students, right-click on the form, and “Save As” to your computer. Complete and save the form again and email it as soon as possible to Catherine Krostek, the NJ STARS Representative so you can be identified as a Prospective NJ STARS student in your college record.

When you self-identify, the NJ STARS Representative will add protection to your courses so they will not be dropped for non-payment.  Protection is typically added to prospective and current students’ records in July for Fall semesters and December for Spring semesters and will appear in notifications on the Self-Service homepage in students’ portals as “NJ STARS Student.”

When you submit your Self-Identification Form, the NJ STARS Representative will also waive you from taking placement tests but only after proof of your NJ STARS eligibility is received approximately in mid-February of qualified students’ senior year of high school. Prospective NJ STARS students can also be waived from taking the Next Generation Accuplacer placement tests by other means as outlined on the Office of Testing Services website.  Click here for further information.

Follow the NJ STARS Application Process Checklist and complete all steps.

The NJ STARS Application Process Checklist contains email addresses, web addresses, phone numbers, and helpful information you may need for additional help need to ensure all requirements are met, especially completion of the financial aid review process for both federal and state-based financial aid. If necessary, you can attend a FAFSA workshop. Please check the Financial Aid Dates & Deadlines webpage for available workshops.

Please be sure that Bergen Community College is listed on your FAFSA and that your Social Security number is on your college application or it will not be in your student record and your FAFSA cannot be imported.  Please email financial.aid@bergen.edu if you do not see your FAFSA in your student portal by mid-May 2022.

You must check your student Gmail address to see if you were required to submit additional information that might later hold up the processing of your NJ STARS Application/Contract.

Read, sign and submit your NJ STARS Application/Contract.

After all required steps have been completed including registering for your courses full-time, click on NJ STARS Application/Contract for Fall 2022/Spring 2023, and log in with your username and password.  Read the contract carefully before electronically signing and submitting it.

Your contract will be assigned to an Academic Counselor who will verify that you are registered full-time in your program. If there are any issues, the assigned Counselor will email you at your student Gmail address, and once resolved, the counselor will sign the contract.

Once an Academic Counselor has signed your contract, it will be forwarded to the NJ STARS Representative who will verify your academic and financial aid requirements, check that all steps are complete, sign and date the contract, identify you as an NJ STARS student in your student record, and extend the protection on your courses so that they will not be dropped for non-payment.  NJ STARS protection will end late in the semester since that is when the State of New Jersey typically pays students’ tuition.

If a contract cannot be signed due to missing information, the NJ STARS Representative will email you at your student Gmail address. The contract will be signed once missing or incomplete information is submitted.  You will receive an email when your contract has been processed. A link to a copy of your signed contract will be included in the email, and a copy will be available at Laserfiche Forms.  Login with your student username and password and click on Completed Tasks. Any comments made in the contract are also in the email.

After receiving the email that your NJ STARS Application/Contract has been processed, please read, sign, and submit the Scholarship Maintenance Requirements for NJ STARS Students online form.

Please do not sign the form before receiving the email that your NJ STARS Application/Contract has been processed.  Once you receive the email that your contract was processed, click on the Scholarship Maintenance Requirements for NJ STARS Students form, read it carefully, and sign and submit it.  Signing this document will verify that you understand the steps necessary to maintain your NJ STARS scholarship. A copy of the signed document will be available at Laserfiche Forms.  Login with your student username and password and click on Completed Tasks. Any comments made in the contract are also in the email.

Submit your final, official signed and sealed high school transcript to the NJ STARS Representative after high school graduation.

Following high school graduation, you will need to have your final high school transcript containing your class rank and class size, signed by your high school’s Director of Guidance, Principal, or Vice Principal and sealed with the high school seal mailed directly to the NJ STARS Representative. If your high school does not rank on their transcripts, the Certification of HS Class Rank Form for Prospective NJ STARS Students will need to be completed and included with your final transcript. For more information, please have your high school see the Proof of Academic Eligibility Required to Certify NJ STARS Students section at the bottom of the NJ STARS Information for New Jersey High Schools webpage.

Important: Please remember that all required steps must be completed to be officially certified as an NJ STARS student, especially federal and state-based financial aid reviews.

Maintaining your NJ STARS Scholarship

Bergen Community College will do everything it can to assist you in maintaining your eligibility in the NJ STARS program, but the responsibility for understanding and following the requirements is yours.

Every academic year, 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.

For information regarding maintaining your NJ STARS scholarship, please see the NJ STARS Current Students webpage