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Student financial assistance for enrollment at Essex County primarily comes from the US Department of Education and the State of New Jersey via the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority. Both require the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known by its acronym, FAFSA®, as a basic first step.
Federal Student Aid
Go to fafsa.gov to file the FAFSA®, or, if you have a smartphone, you can download the myStudentAid app, to file the FAFSA®.
To file the FAFSA®, an applicant must have a FSA ID. For information on how to obtain a FSA ID, see these resources:
Other video and print resources from the US Department of Education are available here: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/resources
If you are also applying for State of New Jersey student financial assistance, review the various student financial assistance programs administered by the NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority: https://www.hesaa.org/ See the tabs at the top of the page for Students and the tab for Parents.
You should set up a NJ FAMS account. Doing so will allow you to do the following:
Login or create your account here: https://njfams.hesaa.org
If you are not a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen and meet all of the following criteria;
You can apply for student financial assistance from the State of New Jersey by filing the NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application: https://www.hesaa.org/Pages/NJAlternativeApplication.aspx
The Higher Education Act requires a student financial aid office to process student aid based on a “cost of attendance” budget. This is a budget that is constructed using general values for each required category, which includes: tuition and fees, room and board, transportation, and books and supplies, and an allowance for miscellaneous expenses. In short, “Cost of attendance is the total estimated price for one year of college before financial aid is applied: tuition and fees, housing, food, and other additional and personal expenses” (New America/uAspire, 2018, Decoding the Cost of College: https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/policy-papers/decoding-cost-college/).
We construct cost of attendance budgets using actual data for tuition, and average data based on professional reports such as the College Board’s Living Expense Budgets.
State Deadlines for Academic Year 2021-2022
Fall and Spring Terms
Spring Term Only
Incomplete Applications/Corrections/ Task Completion/Dependency overrides updates/Add a college
Essex County College Specific Deadlines
Federal Work-Study Dates:
Book Voucher Dates: