The Financial Aid Office awards funds from federal and state sources in the form of grants, scholarships and employment or a combination of all three. Applicant eligibility and program guidelines are determined by federal and state regulations. Applicants must meet general requirements for receiving aid, be in good academic standing and must demonstrate the Ability to Benefit from the programs offered at ECC by having either a high school diploma or GED, or by successfully passing a test approved by the U.S. Department of Education (the Ability to Benefit Test). This test is administered by appointment, from the Enrollment Express Services Office, located on the 4th Level, Room 4122B.


Step 1: Apply For Admission to ECC

Apply for Admissions and complete all of the Admissions Processes (Placement Test, Registration, take the ATB Test (if non-high school graduate etc.) before you apply for aid. Click here to apply online to Essex County College or click here to print the admissions application.


Step 2: Complete the FAFSA

To apply for aid, all students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Follow these steps to complete the FAFSA:

  1. Apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at You will use the PIN to sign the FAFSA electronically. Both you and your parent (if dependent) will need a PIN.
  2. Complete the FAFSA online at You will need your/spouse and your parents’ (if dependent) income (taxed and untaxed) information to complete the FAFSA.
  3. Be sure to list ECC’s School Code – 007107 on your FAFSA.
  4. Be sure to complete the questions on the FAFSA to qualify for State Aid funds (TAG and EOF) from the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA). The state questions will appear at the end of the FAFSA, so make sure you answer those questions before you exit your FAFSA application online. The deadlines for State Aid are: June 1 for Returning Students and October 1 for New Students.


General Application Information

The FAFSA Application is available every year after January 1.

Go to and apply online and get all the information you need for applying for aid from just one website. On this site, you can:

  1. Apply for federal student aid for free and transmit the FAFSA directly to the Central Processing System (CPS). The FAFSA is available in English or Spanish. FAFSA on the Web is easy and faster than the paper version. Completing the FAFSA on the Web gives you step by step instructions to help you complete the form correctly. If you need assistance filing the FAFSA on the Web, visit the Assessment Computer Lab located on the 4th floor, Room 4191. This lab has been opened for ECC students to file the FAFSA over the Internet.
  2. Use the ECC Title IV Code. To guarantee that your application information is sent to the ECC Financial Aid Office, be sure to put our Title IV Code and address on the FAFSA as your first choice. The code and address are: Code – 007107, Essex County College, 303 University Avenue, Newark, NJ 07102.
  3. Get a PIN (a personal identification number), which you will need to sign your FAFSA electronically, correct any information after you get your FAFSA results, or access your student aid history online. If you applied for aid last year, the Department will mail you a PIN. Your parents (if you are a Dependent Student) may also get a PIN, which they will need to sign the FAFSA electronically.
  4. Access Department publications such as “The Student Guide for Funding Your Education”.

Remember, will give you all the information you will need about Financial Aid.