NJ STARS program is an initiative created by the State of New Jersey that provides New Jersey’s highest achieving students with free tuition at their home county colleges. 

    Students in the top 15 percent of their class will be academically eligible for the scholarship provided they achieve the required score on a college placement test to determine college readiness. To qualify for the scholarship, New Jersey students must graduate from their local high school within the top 15 percent of their class.

    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. 

    To review the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), go to:  FAFSA

    Students and parent(s) must be permanent NJ residents pursuant to regulations established by HESAA (Higher Education Student Assistance Authority) at the time of high school graduation and upon county college enrollment.  Students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens and legal NJ residents for a minimum twelve consecutive months prior to graduation. 

    For details, go to http://www.hesaa.org/.

    NJ STARS recipients who earn an associate degree from a county college with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, have a family income (taxable and untaxed income) less than $250,000, and meet all other program eligibility requirements may be eligible to receive a NJ STARS II award to transfer to a NJ four-year college or university to earn a baccalaureate degree.

    NJ STARS Fact Sheet:   https://www.hesaa.org/Documents/FactSheets/NJSTARS/FactSheetfor2021HSGrad.pdf

    For more information, visit https://www.hesaa.org/Documents/NJSTARS_program.pdf