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1. Information for High School Students and Graduates

 

To High School Students and Graduates:

NJ STARS General Flyer Final 4-27-17

Many students and parents contact us with questions about the NJ STARS process and what they should be doing to ensure they are registered as NJ STARS students at Bergen Community College.

In late February to mid-March, 2020, the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) will sent a letter to all high school seniors who qualified for the NJ STARS program as prospective NJ STARS students at the end of their junior year.  Next, HESAA will provide a list of all New Jersey prospective NJ STARS students to New Jersey’s community colleges.

Shortly thereafter, letters will be sent from Bergen Community College to Bergen County high school seniors who are listed on the HESAA prospective NJ STARS list.  If you do not receive a letter by the end of April, 2020, please see “What if You Do Not Receive a Letter from HESAA or Bergen Community College” below.

The documents mailed with the letter sent to 2019 high school graduates are as follows:  HESAA’s NJ STARS Fact Sheet for 2019 High School Graduates, the NJ STARS Application Process Checklist, and the NJ STARS Application/Contract Fall 2019/Spring 2020.  Updated documents will be available here after they are mailed out to students who will be graduating high school in 2020.

If you receive a letter from Bergen Community College, please read the enclosed NJ STARS Fact Sheet carefully to be sure you meet the eligibility requirements.  For more information, please visit Eligibility Requirements for New and Transfer Students.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, please read the letter and additional attachments carefully since these documents contain important information including steps that must be taken to be officially certified as an NJ STARS student. For more information, please visit How to Apply to the NJ STARS Program.  When you meet with the NJ STARS Representative to sign your NJ STARS Application/Contract, she will go over the requirements necessary to maintain eligibility in the NJ STARS program and a copy of the NJ STARS Scholarship Maintenance Requirements will be attached to the copy of your signed contract.

Students and parents of students who may be eligible and are interested in the NJ STARS program at Bergen Community College should click here to self-identify to Catherine Krostek, or call 201-689-7055 so their college records can be flagged as Prospective NJ STARS students.  Students who self-identify will be added to the NJ STARS email list to receive important announcements regarding upcoming deadlines, NJ STARS Information Sessions, registration dates, etc.

What if You Do Not Receive a Letter from HESAA or Bergen Community College?

If you do not receive a letter from HESAA or Bergen Community College by the end of March, or if you graduated from high school in 2018 or 2019 and did not receive a letter but believe you should have, please check with your high school guidance department to see if you ranked in the top 15% of your class at the end of your junior year.  If you did not qualify at the end of your junior year, you can still qualify if you rank in the top 15% of your class at the end of your senior year.

Students whose names are not on the HESAA list of qualifying junior high school students but should have been and students who qualify at the end of their senior year are potentially eligible for the NJ STARS Program. However, these students will need to provide proof of their class rank and class size either 1) on an official final signed and sealed transcript or 2) in a signed letter from their high school on the high school’s letterhead, sealed with the school seal.

Students who already graduated and are within five semesters from high school graduation are also potentially eligible for the NJ STARS Program.  These students may also need to provide proof of their class rank and class size (see above) depending upon whether or not these students are listed on a previous HESAA list of qualifying junior high school students.

Students and parents of students who may be eligible and are interested in the NJ STARS program at Bergen Community College should click here to self-identify to Catherine Krostek, or call 201-689-7055 so their college records can be flagged as Prospective NJ STARS students.  Students who self-identify will be added to the NJ STARS email list to receive important announcements regarding upcoming deadlines, NJ STARS Information Sessions, registration dates, etc.

How to Obtain the NJ STARS Documents

Documents are still available for pick up for Spring 2020:

If you need an NJ STARS Application/Contract, you can pick it up with the NJ STARS documents up at your convenience.  NJ STARS packages for Fall 2019/Spring 2020 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 a package.

Need More Information?

Students who have not applied to Bergen Community College yet but are interested in learning more about the program can attend an NJ STARS Information Session (usually scheduled from March through June), and/or an NJ STARS Summer Workshop.

For information on upcoming events, please visit the NJ STARS Events web page.  Bergen County high school guidance offices are also mailed and emailed flyers listing upcoming events.

For additional information regarding the NJ STARS program, please visit www.njstars.net, and/or look over HESAA’s NJ STARS brochure.

If you would like to be added to the NJ STARS email list to receive NJ STARS announcements and important information, please click here to contact Catherine Krostek.