We are here to serve and counsel you on various resources with which to fund your college education. We endeavor to provide quality customer service as we meet your individual needs in a timely and efficient manner. Our goal is customer satisfaction.
- Incoming Fall 2023/Spring 2024 Admits:
Estimated financial aid award notifications were sent on March 9th . The notices were sent to the email used by the student on the Common Application.
Only complete records receive an estimated award email. Below is a copy of the sample email sent to students:
If the student did not receive an email, we ask that you check the following before contacting our office:
• Check the Spam/Junk folder for the notification
• Confirm that you have completed the 2023/2024 FAFSA at studentaid.gov and listed the TCNJ school code on the form (002642)
• Provided the student’s Social Security Number (SSN) on the Common Application or to the TCNJ Admissions Office. Please note a SSN is the only we can we can access your FAFSA information and import the data into our system.
Our Cost of Attendance budgets may be viewed here:
For financial aid tutorials on many helpful topics please visit our tutorials page:
For account/log-in questions please contact the TCNJ Helpdesk:
- Current/returning TCNJ students:
Complete your 2023-2024 FAFSA at www.studentaid.gov prior to April 15. Remember you will need a completed FAFSA on file at TCNJ even if you are only borrowing student loans. Official award notifications for the 2023/2024 academic year are scheduled for the latter part of June.
- TCNJ Participating in the new Garden State Guarantee program:
The Garden State Guarantee program will be effective as of the Fall 2022 semester. For more information please visit: https://financialaid.tcnj.edu/garden-state-guarantee/
- New and current TCNJ students:
The 2023-2024 FAFSA is now available.
This is the FAFSA that you will need to be considered for aid during the academic year that begins August of 2023. You can complete the FAFSA at www.studentaid.gov. Please note, you will need a completed FAFSA on file with our office even if you are only borrowing student loans.
We highly recommend you file the FAFSA by February 15, 2023 to meet NJ State deadlines.
Our office can only speak to students about financial aid matters unless the student grants the parent/guardian Authorized User status. To learn more click here: https://authorizeduser.tcnj.edu/
We highly recommend students monitor their “To Do” list in PAWS on a weekly basis for any missing documentation. For PAWS tutorials please click on the following link: https://pawshelp.tcnj.edu/undergraduate-students/current-students/
When submitting documents to the office please make sure that they are legible, accurate, signed (if required) and that all pages have indeed been submitted. Incomplete documentation will result in delays in processing your aid.
You can review the billing calendar for important dates here: https://studentaccounts.tcnj.edu/billing/billing-calendar/
Our current 2022-2023 Cost of Attendance budgets can be viewed here: https://financialaid.tcnj.edu/about/cost-of-attendance/.
For financial aid tutorials to frequently asked question please visit: https://financialaid.tcnj.edu/financial-aid-tutorials/
For parents looking to borrow loans for the next academic year, there are various options available in the links located at the bottom of this webpage. You can review the information listed for the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan, the State’s NJCLASS Loan and private loans listed under the Alternative Student Loans or ELM Select links. Each one of the links will send you to the corresponding website with more information on how to apply. Due to federal regulations, we cannot recommend one loan over another. In addition, we suggest that when you apply, you apply for the entire academic year. When applying for the year, lenders send the first half of the loan in September to cover the Fall bill and the second half in February to cover the Spring bill. We recommend researching how student loans work by visiting our Financial Aid Tutorials page.
- Office Operations
The Office of Student Financial Assistance continues its hybrid office operations for the academic year.
We have alternating staff coverage in the office at all times. The Office is open Monday through Friday 8:30AM – 4:00PM. For information about campus COVID guidelines, please visit: https://covid19.tcnj.edu/.
If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com or call 609-771-2211.
If you need to submit documents to our office, you may do so via one of the following methods:
Email: Scan and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax: (609) 637-5154
Regular mail at:
The College of New Jersey/Office of Student Financial Assistance
Green Hall, Room 101
P. O. Box 7718
Ewing, NJ 08628
The Office is open for walk-in questions Monday through Friday from 8:30AM – 4:00PM. Students may also request an appointment by phone or virtual format as well, please email us at email@example.com with your request for an appointment.
- Private Scholarship Awards
Federal regulations require students to report yearly award amounts and descriptions of any grants and scholarships received from sources outside The College of New Jersey. Please click on the link below for more information:
- State Updates
The State of New Jersey has updated their application deadlines, please refer to the following link for further information: https://www.hesaa.org/Pages/StateApplicationDeadlines.aspx
- Federal Student Aid FAFSA Completion Information:
- Financial Aid Process Updates
Income tax data can easily be transferred from the IRS to your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool: https://studentaid.gov/help/how-use-irs-drt IRS Tax Return Transcripts or a signed home copy of your tax forms will be required if you are selected for verification and you did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
- NJ HESAA Electronic Document Collection for 2022-2023:
FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID
IRS DATA RETRIEVAL TOOL
This short video explains how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. The retrieval tool allows FAFSA applicants and parents with the ability to transfer their income information from the IRS to the FAFSA.
FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
FinAid.Org is the most comprehensive free resource for objective and unbiased information about student financial aid.
TUITION PAYMENT PLAN
Pay your tuition bills in interest-free monthly installments with the Tuition Payment Plan. Click here for info.
TEACH Grant Home
TEACH Grant recipients must complete Initial and Subsequent Counseling and an Agreement To Serve (ATS) at this site.
FEDERAL DIRECT STAFFORD LOAN
In order to receive a Federal Direct Stafford Loan you must first complete the FAFSA. If you are a first-time borrower you are required to complete both a Master Promissory Note (MPN) as well as Entrance Loan Counseling at StudentAid.gov.
Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan
To apply, please click the above link.
FEDERAL DIRECT GRADUATE PLUS LOAN
To apply, please click the above link.
ALTERNATIVE STUDENT LOANS
Please Note: TCNJ can not certify any alternative and/or private loan unless a FAFSA is on file.
In your research for alternative or private loans The College of New Jersey recommends that you use ELM Select as a tool to compare the different lenders based on the options, benefits and services that each offer.
IMPORTANT: Please remember to “accept” your loan on HESAA.org once they have sent an e-mail certification confirmation. Failure to do so within 30 days will result in your loan being canceled. Click here for info.
SEARCH FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
Find college financial aid, and conduct a scholarship search.
FEDERAL NURSING LOAN E-SIGNATURE
Electronic signature for your Federal Nursing Loan Promissory Note through ECSI.
EXIT LOAN COUNSELING
ALL student federal loan borrowers at TCNJ will eventually be required to participate in Exit Student Loan Counseling.
NATIONAL STUDENT LOAN DATA SYSTEM
Make inquiries about your Title IV (federal) loans and/or Pell grants.
TCNJ NET PRICE CALCULATOR
Please Note: Please refer to the TCNJ Admissions website regarding the TCNJ Scholarship Program: https://admissions.tcnj.edu/scholarships/
FAFSA4caster – Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) Estimator
SNAP FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
For information, please click the above link.