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.  If you qualified at the end of your junior year of high school and were on the HESAA prospective NJ STARS list, letters were mailed to you from HESAA, and more recently, from Bergen Community College.  If you do not receive a letter by mid-March, please visit Information for High School Students and Graduates and scroll down to see what you should do if you do not receive a letter from HESAA or Bergen Community College.

To get started, please look over the NJ STARS Application Process Checklist.  The final deadline is August 31st but please complete your NJ STARS Application/Contract and make an appointment to come in to have it signed as soon after high school graduation as possible since all required steps 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.

To ensure that you have completed all necessary steps, please 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.

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Proof of Eligibility Required from New Jersey High Schools

Prospective NJ STARS students must provide their final, official signed and sealed high school transcript containing their class rank and class size as required by HESAA as proof of students’ eligibility.

If the high school transcript does not contain the student’s class rank and class size, the student must also provide a letter from the high school on the high school letterhead containing the class rank and class size that was provided to HESAA at the end of the student’s junior year.*

*If the student did not appear on the HESAA list for various reasons, or the student did not qualify at the end of their junior year but qualified at the end of the senior year, the letter should contain the class rank and class size at the end of the junior or senior year, as appropriate.

High Schools may use one of the following Word documents as a template*; fill in the blanks and print the letter on high school letterhead.  In addition, both the transcript and the letter must be signed by the Director of Guidance, the Principal or the Vice Principal, and both should contain the school seal.

*High School Junior Year Qualification Letter

*High School Senior Year Qualification Letter

2018 NJ STARS Information Sessions, Workshops & Other Events

If you have any questions regarding eligibility or the application process, please join us at an NJ STARS Workshop and/or an NJ STARS Information Session.  For available dates and times, please visit the NJ STARS Events page.

Please click here to RSVP to an event, or call 201-689-7055 so you can be notified in the event a date or time must be changed or canceled.