Tuition Aid Grant (TAG)

Credit Requirement:

Must be registered for a minimum of 12 credits

Special Eligibility Requirements:

  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Be a legal resident of New Jersey for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to enrollment
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if required)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in an approved degree or certificate program
  • Not have a baccalaureate degree, or an associate degree if enrolled at a two-year college
  • Not have received the maximum allowable number of grant payments
  • Not be in default on a Federal or State student loan
  • Not owe a refund on a Federal or State grant
  • Not be enrolled in a program leading to a degree in theology or divinity

Award Amounts: up to $2,458 per year at ECC

Program Information:

  • Students who have earned degrees are not eligible at ECC
  • Students may receive five semesters of funding; EOF-funded students may receive eight semesters of funding
  • State Application Deadlines
    • Renewal TAG recipients June 1, 2011
    • All other applicants (Fall semester or full academic year) October 1, 2011
    • All other applicants (Spring semester only) March 1, 2012

How To Apply: Same as federal programs

Part-Time TAG for County College Students

Credit Requirement: Must be registered for 6 to 11 credits per term

Special Eligibility Requirements:

  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Be a legal resident of New Jersey for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to enrollment
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if required)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in an approved degree or certificate program
  • Not have a baccalaureate degree, or an associate degree if enrolled at a two-year college
  • Not have received the maximum allowable number of grant payments
  • Not be in default on a Federal or State student loan
  • Not owe a refund on a Federal or State grant
  • Not be enrolled in a program leading to a degree in theology or divinity

Award Amounts: varies

Program Information:

  • The Part-Time TAG Program provides pro-rated awards to eligible students enrolled in an approved degree or certificate program who are taking 6 to 11 credits per term at a New Jersey county college.
  • State Application Deadlines
    • Renewal TAG recipients June 1, 2011
    • All other applicants (Fall semester or full academic year) October 1, 2011
    • All other applicants (Spring semester only) March 1, 2012

How To Apply: Same as federal programs

NJ Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (NJSTARS)

Credit Requirement:

Special Eligibility Requirements:

  • New Jersey residents who graduate in the top 15.0 percent of their high school class, complete a rigorous high school course of study and achieve the required score on a college placement test to determine college readiness may be eligible. (Note: All courses of study are considered “rigorous” for 2011 high school graduates.)
  • Students who do not achieve the required score on the placement test will be able to take appropriate courses while still in high school to improve their skills or they can attend remedial courses at the county college while enrolled in high school.
  • Students who graduate from high school and do not demonstrate college readiness will be given up to one year to gain the skills they need to be college ready. Students who do not demonstrate college readiness by September 1, 2012 are no longer NJ STARS eligible. NJ STARS does not cover costs for remedial coursework.
  • All students must enroll in a full-time course of study no later than the fifth semester following high school graduation.
  • Students must enroll full time in a degree program at their home county college, unless the student demonstrates that the home county college does not offer the desired program of study or the program is oversubscribed for at least one year.
  • Students must take a minimum of 12 college-level credits per semester. NJ STARS covers up to 18 college-level credits per semester.
  • Students and parent(s) must be permanent New Jersey residents pursuant to regulations established by HESAA at the time of high school graduation and upon county college enrollment.
  • Students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens and
  • Students must apply for all forms of State and Federal need-based grants and merit scholarships and submit any requested documentation to complete and verify application data within established State deadlines.

Award Amounts: varies

Program Information: The NJ STARS award covers the cost of tuition, less any State and/or Federal grants and scholarships, for up to five semesters. The award covers these charges for up to 18 credit hours per semester.

Funding for NJ STARS awards is dependent upon annual State appropriations.

How To Apply: Same as federal programs

Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars Program

Credit Requirement:

Special Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must rank high in high school graduating class and achieve high SAT scores

Award Amounts: $1000 per year

Program Information:The highest achieving high school students are selected as Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars. Students are selected on the basis of a combination of class rank and SAT scores.

How To Apply: Program participation is limited to renewal students.

Urban Scholars Award

Credit Requirement:

Special Eligibility Requirements:
Students must:

  • Demonstrate academic achievement based upon secondary school records and grade point average (GPA) at the end of the junior year, as follows:
  • Students must rank in the top 10% of their class and have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 or equivalent scale) at the end of their junior year in high school. Qualifying students from each school will be ranked among their classmates who meet these criteria and the highest ranking students will be offered scholarships
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Must be a permanent New Jersey resident for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to high school graduation and upon college enrollment
  • Must be registered with Selective Service (if required)
  • Must be enrolled full-time in an approved degree or certificate program and must attend a New Jersey approved college, university or degree-granting proprietary school
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic progress to qualify for renewal

Award Amounts: up to $1,000 are available to qualified students

Program Information: The Urban Scholars Award is a merit-based scholarship that recognizes high-achieving students attending secondary schools in the State’s urban and economically distressed areas (Type A and B school districts as defined by the New Jersey Department of Education), and encourages them to pursue higher education in New Jersey.

How To Apply: Program participation is limited to renewal students.

Educational Opportunity Fund Grant (EOF)

Credit Requirement:

Special Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants must:

  • Be full-time students
  • Be historically disadvantaged both educationally and economically
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Be a legal resident of New Jersey for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to enrollment
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if required)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in an approved degree or certificate program
  • Not have a baccalaureate degree, or an associate degree if enrolled at a two-year college
  • Not have received the maximum allowable number of grant payments
  • Not owe a refund on a Federal or State grant
  • Not be enrolled in a program leading to a degree in theology or divinity

Award Amounts: up to $1050 per year

Program Information:

  • Special counseling services available
  • Some students may be allowed part-time enrollment with EOF director’s approval
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before the New Jersey State deadlines in order to be considered for both Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) and EOF funds
  • Student must complete the EOF application package at http://www.essex.edu/eof/ to apply for admission to the program.

How To Apply:

How to Apply to Federal Aid Programs

  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) and include ECC’s Federal School 007107 as a college you plan to attend
  • Students should apply as soon as possible on or after January 1
  • Submit verification of all types of income and other requested documentation to the ECC Financial Aid office
  • Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree
  • Demonstrate financial need (except for certain loans).
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate, pass an ability-to-benefit (ATB) test approved by the U.S. Department of Education, or have satisfactorily completed six credit hours or the equivalent course work toward a degree or certificate.
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program.
  • U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain’s Island)
  • U.S. permanent resident who has an I-151, I-551, or I-551C (Permanent Resident Card)
  • If you’re not in one of these categories, you must be an eligible noncitizen, and you must have an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) showing one of the following designations:
  • “Refugee”
  • “Asylum Granted” “Cuban-Haitian Entrant, Status Pending”
  • “Conditional Entrant” (valid only if issued before April 1, 1980)
  • Victims of human trafficking, T-visa (T-2, T-3, or T-4, etc.) holder
  • “Parolee” (You must be paroled into the United States for at least one year and you must be able to provide evidence from the USCIS that you are in the United States for other than a temporary purpose and that you intend to become a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.)
  • Have a valid Social Security Number.
  • Register with the Selective Service if required. You can use the paper or electronic FAFSASM to register, you can register at www.sss.gov, or you can call 1-847-688-6888. (TTY users can call 1-847-688-2567.)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress once in school.
  • Certify that you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant.
  • Certify that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.