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NJ STARS Step-by-Step Instructions

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Bergen Community College Resources

Free Boot Camps are available before both the Fall and Spring semesters for Intermediate Algebra (MAT-160), Pre-Calculus (MAT-180) and Introduction to Chemistry (CHM-100).     Students may take a proficiency exam after completing the boot camp and possibly test out of the course!

Free Prep Classes are also available to give students a better foundation for courses they will be taking in upcoming semesters.

*Students who attend all sessions on time will be entered for a chance to win a free textbook.

FAFSA & HESAA Deadlines

Important

The deadline to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA and the New Jersey Additional Application Questions is April 15th for students who were previously awarded NJ TAG (Tuition Aid Grant Program).  Please use 2017 tax information when completing the 2019-2020 FAFSA and the New Jersey Additional Application Questions.

For detailed instructions for both Federal (FAFSA) and State-Based (HESAA) Financial Aid, please access the Step-by-Step Guides above.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Resources

Financial Aid TV  You can browse through video playlists by category, go through the financial aid process in order, or you can search for an answer to your question.  These short videos also have a typewritten script that runs alongside it so you can read or listen.

HESSA (Higher Education Student Assistance Authority) Resources 

*2017 high school graduates are eligible to apply for the NJ STARS program through Fall 2019.

NJCCC (New Jersey Council of Community Colleges)

NJ STARS Information Website (This website provides information for both NJ STARS and NJ STARS II.)

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 NJ STARS scholarship after 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 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.