Resources for Prospective & Current NJ STARS Students

NJ STARS Application Documents for New & Transfer Students

*Prospective NJ STARS students can be waived from taking the Next Generation Accuplacer placement tests before the college receives proof of their NJ STARS Eligibility as outlined on the Office of Testing Services website.  Click here for further information.  Students who do not meet the conditions outlined on the Office of Testing Services website can be waived from taking placement tests after they have completed the Self-Identification Form for Prospective NJ STARS Students and the college has received proof of their NJ STARS eligibility.

**Please do not sign the 2022-2023 NJ STARS Application/Contract until all steps are complete including registering full-time.   Visit the How to Apply to the NJ STARS Program webpage for more information.

***Please sign the Scholarship Maintenance Requirements form after you receive an email that your NJ STARS Application/Contract has been processed.

NJ STARS Fact Sheets & Brochure

* Fall 2022 is the final semester that 2020 high school graduates will be eligible to enroll at Bergen Community College in the NJ STARS program.

NJ STARS II Fact Sheets, Brochure & Other Helpful Information

Helpful Forms & Links for Prospective & NJ STARS Students

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid ) Forms & Links

HESAA (Higher Education Student Assistance Authority) Forms & Links

FAFSA & HESAA Deadlines

Click here for all federal and state financial aid deadlines: FAFSA/HESAA Deadlines.

State of New Jersey Legislation

Lampitt Bill

  • P.L. 2007, c. 175 (Bill A3968; Lampitt Bill):  approved September 13, 2007, effective immediately.  This bill provides for the transfer of certain college credits.

NJ STARS Legislation N.J.S.A. 18A:71B-81

  • P.L.2004, c.59 (Bill S1192): approved June 29, 2004; took effect July 1, 2004.
  • P.L.2005, c.168 (Bill S2477):  approved August 5, 2005, effective immediately.  This bill changed the criteria for continued receipt of the NJ STARS scholarship after the first year of enrollment in a county college.
  • P.L.2005, c.359  (Bill S2905):  approved January 12, 2006, effective June 30, 2006.  This bill establishes the NJ STARS II program for NJ STARS scholars who advance to a New Jersey four-year public institution of higher education.
  • P.L.2007, c.214 (Bill A3253):  approved December 20, 2007, effective immediately.  This bill provided a military service exemption to the requirement of continuous enrollment under the NJ STARS and NJ STARS II programs.
  • P.L.2008, c.124 (Bill A3373):  approved December 19, 2008, effective immediately and first applicable to the 2009-2010 academic year.  This bill revises the NJ STARS and NJ STARS II programs.
  • P.L.2009, c.280 (Bill A2702):  approved January 17, 2010, effective immediately and first applicable to the 2009-2010 academic year.  This bill requires schools (high schools) to notify certain students of potential eligibility for the NJ STARS program.
  • P.L.2012, c.8 (Bill S874):  approved May 2, 2012, effective immediately and first applicable to the 2012-2013 academic year.  This bill revises the NJ STARS and NJ STARS II programs.
  • P.L.2014, c.55 (Bill A2364):  approved September 10, 2014, effective immediately.  This bill provides that eligibility for the NJ STARS program be based on class rank at the completion of student’s junior year or senior year of high school.
  • P.L.2017, c.360 (Bill A2565):  approved January 16, 2018, effective immediately and first applicable to the 2015-2016 academic year.  This bill allows NJ STARS and NJ STARS II scholarship recipients to maintain program eligibility in the event that medical condition or recent death of parent or spouse prevents enrollment as full-time student.
  • P.L.2019, c.232 (Bill A4115):  approved August 9, 2019, effective immediately.  This bill clarifies that certain students are eligible for NJ STARS and NJ STARS II scholarships upon initial enrollment at an institution of higher education on a part-time basis.
  • P.L.2020, c.31 (Bill S2356): approved May 15, 2020, effective immediately. This bill excludes the spring 2020 semester for lifetime eligibility of financial aid, waives the amounts students are required to return due to withdrawals, and updates the requirements of current NJ STARS and NJ STARS II students, all due to the public health state of emergency declared to exist in New Jersey by Executive Order 103 dated March 9, 2020.