Office of Financial Aid, Room 3220 | 303 University Avenue, Newark, NJ 07102 | (973) 877-3200 

About Financial Aid

Meeting the costs of a obtaining a college education is a challenge for most students and families. Our core mission is our dedication to providing excellent service to the students of Essex County College by anticipating and responding to their individual and diverse needs. 


This site provides both prospective and enrolled students with the information and tools necessary to apply for all sources of available aid.

We invite you to refer to it regularly for updates, commonly used forms and other useful financial aid publications. The Office of Financial Aid is committed to promoting universal access to higher education by providing you with the financial solutions to achieving your academic goals.


What Is Financial Aid?

The cost of attending Essex County College remains highly affordable. Yet it is understandable that many students need financial assistance while working toward their degree. Financial aid is funding to offset college cost that comes from federal and state sources. The financial aid office at Essex County College administers several different types of aid for students, including grants, scholarships, and work-study. 


Financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships does not have to be repaid. Financial aid in the form of work-study must be earned by the student through employment on campus. At Essex County College, financial aid is awarded to students based on financial need and/or merit. A student may have a combination of grants, scholarships, and work-study in their financial aid package. We encourage students to apply for financial aid. Several million dollars are allotted from federal and state sources for this purpose. Information we receive on behalf of your application for financial aid is treated with utmost confidentiality


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Letters, forms, and other documents may be mailed to our office. Exceptions: You must present the original and submit a copy of your citizenship documentation, driver’s license or government ID and the Identity Statement forms in person only. You are responsible for making copies of all your documents before you submit them to the Essex County College Office of Financial Aid. Make sure all your documents are properly signed, where required and print your full name and Essex County College ID Number on every document you submit. Address submissions to this office as follows:


Essex County College
Office of Financial Aid

303 University Avenue, Room 3220
Newark, New Jersey 07102


Due to network server capacity limitations at this time, please do not contact us by email as our financial aid mailbox is not set up to receive or monitor for high volume incoming email.


(973) 877-3200

Phone Hours
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Note: Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, we are only able to answer general questions over the phone.

In Person

Our office is located at 303 University Avenue, Room 3220 on Newark Campus.

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:45 PM Friday: 9:00 AM – 2:45 PM


July 17, 2017 – August 31, 2017 Monday – Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:45 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

*Note: The Office of Financial Aid is closed on Fridays during the months of July and August

Important: You must present your Essex County College Student Photo Identification Card or currently valid Federal or State Photo ID.

Office hours are subject to change, so please check this page frequently.

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