The NJ STARS II Program is a continuation of the NJ STARS I Program that provides successful NJ STARS I students with funding to transfer to Centenary to earn a bachelor’s degree.

NJ STARS II students can receive up to $2,500 per year from the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA). Centenary will match this scholarship providing up to an additional $2,500. This award will be in addition to the already generous scholarship and grant opportunities available to qualified students.

Find out more below or get started today. You can apply online to get started or call us at 1-866-696-8106 or email us at to set up a visit.


Am I Eligible?

You must meet the following criteria to be considered for the NJ STARS II program:

  • You must be an NJ STARS I student during your final semester at your community college.
  • You must earn your associate degree and graduate with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.
  • Your total family income must be less than $250,000.
  • You must apply for all forms of State and Federal need-based aid and submit any requested documentation to complete or verify your information within the appropriate deadlines.
  • You must begin as a full-time NJ STARS II student at Centenary no later than the second semester immediately following your NJ STARS I graduation.

Please let your admission counselor know that you are currently an NJ STARS I student when you apply for admission at Centenary.

How do I start?

If you are interested in the NJ STARS II program at Centenary, the following will get you where you need to go.

  • Confirm with your community college that you are in the NJ STARS I program and are scheduled to graduate on time.
  • Be sure to keep an eye on your GPA – you will need a 3.25 cumulative GPA.
  • Submit your application to Centenary! You can submit your supplemental items after you have applied.
  • Add Centenary to your FAFSA. Centenary’s federal school code is 002599.
  • 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.

Start your application online or if you want to start with a visit, just call us at 1-866-696-8106 or email us at

What other types of aid does Centenary have available?

While we can’t tell you your exact cost to attend Centenary until you have been admitted and we have received your completed FAFSA, below are some of the opportunities that are available.

  • You will receive your admission award with your acceptance to Centenary. See the listing of potential awards below.
  • 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, state, or Centenary grants.
  • We will consider you for a Recognition Awards of $1,500/year when you graduate with your associate degree.
  • We will also consider you for a 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 3.50 - 3.74 $13,000
Trustee Scholarship 3.00 - 3.49 $11,500
Achievement Scholarship 2.75 - 2.99 $10,000
Merit Scholarship 2.50 - 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.

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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.

  • Centenary can accept up to 66 qualified credits toward your degree at Centenary.
  • The free evaluation thing: You can meet with an admission counselor for a transfer credit evaluation even before applying.
  • Over 50 academic programs to choose from.
  • 14 NCAA Division III sports to participate in.
  • Leadership and co-curricular activities along with more than 30 clubs and student organizations.
  • Hands on learning from professors with real-world expertise.

Get started today! You can apply online to get started or call us at 1-866-696-8106 or email us at to set up a visit.

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