Federal Pell Grant
This need-based grant pays up to $5,730 annually for a maximum of 6 years based on full time enrollment. Part time students may be eligible to receive Pell Grant until they have reached the equivalent of 6 full time years. Award amounts are based on the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA as well as enrollment status.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Students who show exceptional need may receive this award ranging from $100 to $4,000 annually. Federal Pell Grant recipients with the lowest expected family contribution are first to receive FSEOG. This award is available in limited amounts and is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to the neediest students.
New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant (TAG)
The Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) is a undergraduate grant program for New Jersey residents attending New Jersey institutions of higher education. TAG is administered by the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA). The amount of TAG that a student is eligible for varies based on the student’s New Jersey Eligibility Index (NJEI). The student’s NJEI is based on the income information provided on the FAFSA as well as the additional eligibility questions that the state requests at the end of the FAFSA.
To qualify, students (and parents of dependent students) must be a New Jersey resident for at least twelve consecutive months prior to enrollment, students must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, students must be registered with the Selective Service (if required) and be a full-time undergraduate student.
Students must complete their FAFSA and submit all information requested by HESAA each year. The maximum TAG grant is $12,006 and the award varies based on the student’s NJEI. Students may view their NJEI on the Student Eligibility Notice (SEN) that is mailed by HESAA.
For more information on the New Jersey TAG Grant, please visit HESAA’s website.
New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF)
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Program is a comprehensive support program funded by the State of New Jersey that provides academic and financial assistance for New Jersey residents to attend college. The program targets students from academically and financially challenged backgrounds who show academic promise and have the desire to succeed but do not meet the college’s regular admission criteria.
Students must meet the state grant eligibility requirements (see TAG). The maximum grant from the state for EOP is $2,500. All students in the EOP program will also receive additional grants from Centenary University.
New Jersey Governor’s Urban Scholars Program
This scholarship is administered by the New Jersey Higher Education Assistance Authority and provides a merit award to students in disadvantaged high and need communities in New Jersey. For more information on this program, please see HESAA’s website.
State Grant Programs for Non-New Jersey Students
Most states have a grant program. The Department of Education maintains a list of all state agencies. You can review the website of your home state to determine if you may be eligible for grants from your home state.