The NJ STARS II Program is a continuation of the NJ STARS Program that provides successful NJ STARS students from New Jersey county community colleges with funding to transfer to a Centenary to earn a bachelor’s degree.

New Jersey’s Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) offers NJ STARS participants the opportunity to continue on as STARS II students at Centenary with an additional grant of up to $2,500. Centenary will match this grant providing up to an additional $2,500 for incoming transfer students who were part of the NJ STARS I program. This award will be in addition to the already generous scholarship and grant opportunities available to transfer students.


What other types of aid does Centenary have available?

  • Upon completion of your FAFSA, we will determine your eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant and NJ Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) as well as any other federal or state grants.
  • Recognition Awards of $1,500/year when you graduate with your associates degree
  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship of $2,500/year if you are an active member of PTK
In addition to the awards above, you will also be considered for the following awards based on your cumulative college GPA
Cumulative College GPA
Annual Amount
Faculty Scholarship 3.75 or Above $14,000
Whitney Scholarship 3.5 - 3.74 $13,000
Trustee Scholarship 3.0 - 3.49 $11,500
Achievement Scholarship 2.75 - 299 $10,000
Merit Scholarship 2.5 - 2.74 $7,000

Awards above are annual. Students who attend only 1 semester in an academic year will be eligible for ½ of the annual amount.

Am I Eligible?

You must meet the following criteria to be considered for the NJS TARS II program:

  • You would have to be awarded your Associates Degree during your final semester of STARS funding at the County College.
  • You must graduate with a 3.250 cumulative grade point average
  • Your family adjusted gross income must be less than $250,000.
  • You must file a FAFSA each academic year to be considered as well.

How do I start?

If this sounds like a good fit for you, the following will get you to where you need to go.

  • Confirm with your community college that you are in the NJ STARS I program and scheduled to graduate on time. Be sure to keep an eye on your GPA – you will need a 3.25 cumulative GPA.
  • Apply and get admitted to Centenary!
  • Add Centenary to your FAFSA
  • Let your admission counselor know that you are an NJ STARS I student

For more information on the NJ STARS program, visit HESAA’s website for the NJ STARS program.

Why transfer to Centenary?

Centenary University has been committed to student success for over 150 years. Our small, private school environment provides you with the tools needed to thrive in your career. Centenary professors teach all courses, with a focus on creating a collaborative and inclusive learning environment. Our safe, 107-acre campus features a diverse community with a close proximity to New York City and Philadelphia. Centenary was recently named a Hidden Gem of the Northeast.

Your Transfer Enrollment Counselor will work with you through the entire admissions process and guide you to your first semester. At any point our counselors are available to you to review our seamless transfer credit policy; no application required.