Various federal and state financial aid programs exist for students with demonstrable need. Students interested in applying for financial aid must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is used to determine eligibility for all federal and state funds. This form can be obtained in the ECC Financial Aid Office and is also available in public libraries and high school guidance offices. Students can also file the FAFSA via the Internet by logging on to the website www.fafsa.ed.gov or by visiting the ECC Assessment Lab located in Room 4191 (main campus) where staff will assist them with the process.
Applicants for financial aid 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. Submit all the required documents and forms to complete your application for aid by the following dates:
For Summer II Term and Fall Semester - by May 1
For Spring Semester and Summer I Term - by October 1
For Summer II Term and Fall Semester - by April 1
For Spring Semester and Summer I Term - by September 1
Essex County College participates in thefollowing financial aid programs:
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)
Tuition Aid Grant (TAG)
Educational Opportunity Fund Grant (EOF)
Garden State Scholarship (GSS)
Part-time Pilot TAG Program (PPTG)
Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars Program
Federal Work-Study Program (FWS)
�Alternative Loans - Private Educational loans
New Jersey Class Loan Program
�Academic Competitiveness Grant
NJ Student Tuition Assistance Rewards Scholarship (NJ STARS)
All students interested in applying for these financial aid programs should review the Financial Aid Information available on our website at http://www.essex.edu/finaid/
Program The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program provides support services and financial assistance to enhance the educational process of its participants. The EOF program offers counseling and tutorial services,
workshops, seminars, cultural activities, and financial grant assistance for educational expenses. To be eligible for program participation, students must be residents of New Jersey for at least 12 months, be enrolled full-time as matriculated students, must demonstrate potential and motivation, and must exhibit a willingness to actively
participate in the educational process. Students must also meet financial aid eligibility requirements.
The Department of Special Programs offers a wide range of opportunities and services to eligible individuals. To be eligible, students must be of low-income, first generationcollege students (neither mother nor father hasa bachelor's degree), veterans, or disabled students. Students who meet the eligibility criteria qualify for tuition-free courses and academic assistance. Inquiries regarding course offerings and special support services should be addressed to the Department of Special Programs. Students interested in participating should contact the Special Programs Department immediately upon admission. The services include tuition-free developmental courses, tutoring, counseling, transfer assistance, and enrichment activities.