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green-sideWe 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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • All Students

    Some general information to start preparing for the 2021-2022 academic year:

    If you have not done so already, please complete your 2021-2022 FAFSA at www.studentaid.gov. Remember you will need a completed FAFSA on file at TCNJ even if you are only borrowing student loans.

    Official financial aid award notices will be sent to the student’s TCNJ email account during the last week of June.

    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/

    Monitor your “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 Fall 2021 billing calendar for important dates here: https://studentaccounts.tcnj.edu/billing/billing-calendar/

    Our 2021-2022 Cost of Attendance budgets are expected to be published sometime in mid-July. You can begin to project your expenses for the next academic year by reviewing our current Cost of Attendance budgets here: https://financialaid.tcnj.edu/about/cost-of-attendance/. Please anticipate a slight increase in costs when budgeting for next year.

    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 are not permitted to 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 sites like YouTube and Google.

  • Office Operations

    For the summer of 2021 the Office of Student Financial Assistance continues its hybrid office operations. We have daily alternating staff coverage, some staff are working remotely and some staff are on campus.

    The Office is open to walk-in traffic Monday through Thursday 8:30AM – 4:00PM, we are closed on Fridays in the summer.

    Please note that due to on-going State changes/updates to COVID safety protocols we ask that you stay up to date with the latest College safety guidelines and requirements before coming to campus. For information, please visit: https://spring2021.tcnj.edu/.

    Although we have limited staff working on campus, for your safety and ours, the preferred office outreach method continues to be phone/email. If you have any questions, issues or concerns please email us at osfa@tcnj.edu 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 osfa@tcnj.edu

    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

    Office appointments will continue by phone or virtual format for the time being, please email us at osfa@tcnj.edu with your request for an appointment.

    Thank you.

  • 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:
    https://financialaid.tcnj.edu/about/scholarships/private-scholarship-awards/
  • 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
  • Notice to All Students on Drug Use and Ineligibility for Federal Financial Aid
  • IRS Warns Students and Staff of Impersonation Email Scam
Federal Student Aid FAFSA Completion Information:
https://studentaid.gov/apply-for-aid/fafsa/filling-out

  • 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 2020-2021:
    https://www.hesaa.org/Pages/GrantsUpload2020-2021.aspxPlease click here for instructions on how to scan documents using your mobile phone.
FAFSA logo

FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID

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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.

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FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

FinAid.Org is the most comprehensive free resource for objective and unbiased information about student financial aid.

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TUITION PAYMENT PLAN

Pay your tuition bills in interest-free monthly installments with the Tuition Payment Plan. Click here for info.

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TEACH Grant Home

TEACH Grant recipients must complete Initial and Subsequent Counseling and an Agreement To Serve (ATS) at this site.

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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.

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Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan

To apply, please click the above link.

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FEDERAL DIRECT GRADUATE PLUS LOAN

To apply, please click the above link.

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ALTERNATIVE STUDENT LOANS

Please Note: TCNJ can not certify any alternative and/or private loan unless a FAFSA is on file.

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ELM SELECT

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.

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NJCLASS LOAN

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.

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SEARCH FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

Find college financial aid, and conduct a scholarship search.

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FEDERAL NURSING LOAN E-SIGNATURE

Electronic signature for your Federal Nursing Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) through ECSI.

Exit Counseling

EXIT LOAN COUNSELING

ALL student federal loan borrowers at TCNJ will eventually be required to participate in Exit Student Loan Counseling.

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NATIONAL STUDENT LOAN DATA SYSTEM

Make inquiries about your Title IV (federal) loans and/or Pell grants.

TCNJ Net Price Calculator

TCNJ NET PRICE CALCULATOR

Please Note: Please refer to the TCNJ Admissions website regarding the TCNJ Scholarship Program: https://admissions.tcnj.edu/resources-for/freshman-applicants/

FAFSA4caster – Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) Estimator

SNAP

SNAP FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

For information, please click the above link.

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