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NJ’S COLLEGE ACCESS CHALLENGE GRANT
“ TOOLS FOR COLLEGE ACCESS”

FAFSA Completion


Overview:
Encouraging access to higher education has been a longstanding goal of the Commission on Higher Education and New Jersey’s colleges and universities. Obtaining financial aid is a key aspect of access to postsecondary education. This grant program seeks to assist needy New Jersey families at the start of the financial aid process by helping them to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Commission on Higher Education received a federal College Access Challenge Grant to fund projects at New Jersey higher education institutions. The Commission is funding pilot programs at 17 New Jersey colleges and universities to assist families in completing the FAFSA. These projects will supplement the important work already being done by colleges and the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority in disseminating information about the importance of filing the FAFSA.

New Jersey’s State student assistance programs, such as the Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) program, rely on filing the FAFSA as the means of applying for state financial aid. Thus the FAFSA is essential to obtaining both federal and state aid to attend college. The grant program requires that the colleges expand beyond offering basic information sessions by directly assisting students and their families in completing and submitting the FAFSA.

Awards under this grant program have been made to:

Institution
Award
Bloomfield College
$10,000
Cumberland County Community College
$10,000
Essex County Community College
$10,000
Fairleigh Dickinson University
$10,000
Georgian Court University
$10,000
Hudson County Community College
$10,000
Kean University
$10,000
Middlesex County College
$8,712
New Jersey Institute of Technology
$10,000
Ocean County College
$10,000
Passaic County Community College
$9,645
Saint Peter's College
$10,000
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
$9,930
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
$10,000
Union County College
$5,000
Warren County College
$10,000
William Paterson University of New Jersey
$10,000

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