Federal Pell Grant (PELL): A federal grant for eligible students based on family resources, cost of attendance, and enrollment; award amounts are determined by a schedule developed by the U.S. Department of Education. Pell amounts will reflect the number of credits you are enrolled in. If you are registered for less than 12 credits your Pell grant will be reduced to the allowable limit based on the U.S. Department of Education's schedule. There is a limit to the amount of Federal Pell money students can receive. If you are withdrawing from classes and/or not passing classing, you may reach your Pell limit. The Federal Processor determines if a student has met their eligibility limit and will be in contact with students that are in danger of running out of eligibility.
Federal Supplementary Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG): A grant of money provided by the federal government and awarded by Montclair State to assist undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Recipients must be eligible for a Pell grant.
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH GRANT): A federal grant of up to $4000 per year to students who intend to teach in designated high-need fields in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low income families. If you receive a TEACH grant, but do not complete the required teaching service, you will be required to repay the grant as a Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, with the interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement. Students must be admitted into a program with a Teacher Education certification to qualify for the grant. This grant is only available to eligible Junior, Senior and Graduate students.
For the Federal PELL, FSEOG and TEACH Grant programs, a student is an undergraduate student only if s/he has not earned, or completed the requirments for a bachelor's degree.
New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority - NJ HESAA
Educational Opportunity Fund Grant (EOF): A grant of money provided by the State of New Jersey for students with exceptional financial need from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. Students must be New Jersey residents; recipients must maintain full-time (12 credits per semester) enrollment and be designated an EOF student at the time of admission. Students need to complete the Additional Application for State Aid to be eligible for this grant.
Tuition Aid Grant (TAG): A grant provided by the State of New Jersey to full-time students (12 credits per semester) who meet need criteria established by the State of New Jersey. Recipients must be New Jersey residents. Students need to complete the Additional Application for State Aid to be eligible for this grant.
Students may be required to submit additional documentation on top of answering the additional application questions. HESAA will notify students of which documents are needed if necessary. All documents should be submitted electronically through HESAA's online document collection site.
The image below shows where to complete the additional application for state aid (Answer New Jersey State Grant Questions) and submit documents electronically (Electronic Document Collection)
NJSTARS II: The NJ STARS II program is a continuation of the NJ STARS program that provides successful NJ STARS students at New Jersey county colleges with funding to transfer to a New Jersey four-year public college or university to earn a bachelor's degree. Funding for this program is contingent upon the availability of funds from NEW JERSEY Higher Education Students Assistance Authority (NJ HESAA).
NJ STARS II Requirements:
- Must meet all admission or application requirements established by the New Jersey four-year public institution.
- Must meet all institutional deadlines for admission and financial aid.
- Once admitted, students must submit a final county college transcript that reflects a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher to the New Jersey four-year public institution.
- Must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually within established State deadlines: (www.fafsa.ed.gov)
Governor's Urban Scholarship Program (GUS): Up to a $1,000 grant provided by the State of New Jersey to academically qualified students who reside in designated urban areas.
2015-16 FAFSA Filing Deadlines for NJ Grant Programs:
June 1, 2015 – for students who received a TAG award during the 2014-2015 academic year.
All other applicants:
October 1, 2015 – fall & spring terms
March 1, 2016 – spring term only
Meet New Jersey State deadlines for the submission of additional information requests, such as:
Applicant Information Requests (AIR's)
- Verification documents
- College choice changes
- Corrections to ineligible conditions
2015-2016 State Deadlines for Submitting Additional Information:
November 15, 2015 - Fall 2015
March 15, 2016 – Spring 2016
Please note that funding for all New Jersey state programs for Fall 2015 is based on the NJ state budget that will be approved in August