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Financial Assistance for Undergraduate Students

The Office of Student Financial Assistance administers federal, state, institutional, and outside financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, work programs, and loans. Some aid resources require that you demonstrate financial need, while others do not. The basic types of financial assistance are described below:

  • Grant – Gift aid that is not repaid. Usually based on financial need.
  • Scholarship – Gift aid that is not repaid. Usually based on financial need.
  • Work – Aid that is “earned” through service during the academic period and paid directly to the student every two weeks.
  • Loan – Aid that must be repaid.

Table of Federal and State Financial Assistance Programs at TCNJ

This table contains name of aid resource, type of aid, eligibility requirements, application deadline, and award amounts.

Additional information regarding federal financial assistance programs is available in the Student Guide published by the U.S. Department of Education.

Additional information regarding the state of New Jersey financial assistance program is available via the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority’s website.

Federal Programs

To be considered for most federal student assistance programs, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Renewal FAFSA, list TCNJ in the information release section, meet all eligibility requirements as stated on the application instructions, and provide any additional documentation as requested by TCNJ. In addition to the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA, some federal programs do require a separate application.

For more details, consult, The Student Guide, Financial Aid from the U.S. Department of Education web site. The guide is also available in public libraries, high school guidance offices, and the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Federal Verification

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA is the federal financial aid form students complete to apply for all federal student financial aid.

Federal verification is a process which requires institutions to verify the accuracy of the information provided on a student’s FAFSA in an effort to ensure that federal aid is distributed to those who are eligible. If your FAFSA is selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education, you are required to provide documentation to the school verifying the information you entered on your FAFSA. Your FAFSA may be selected for verification because your FAFSA contains inconsistencies, was incomplete, or was selected at random.

Verification must be completed by the deadline date published on the Federal Register, which is either 120 days after the student’s last date of enrollment or a specific date in September. The September date varies from year to year so we ask that students contact the OSFA for more information on this process.

State Programs

There are various aid programs that residents of New Jersey may be eligible for. Most programs require that you be a legal resident of the state of New Jersey (as defined by the New Jersey Office of Student Assistance) and file the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA. Your FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA must have been received by the federal processor by April 15 (September 15 for initial applicants) to be considered for some state programs. TCNJ students are strongly encouraged to file applications by the TCNJ priority deadline of March 15.

For detailed information about aid programs from the state of New Jersey, visit the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) web site or call Grant and Scholarship Programs by phone 800/792-8670, or by fax 609/588-2228.


TCNJ Scholarship Awards – One mark of a truly outstanding college is the recognition of exceptional academic achievement. The College of New Jersey rewards in-state and out-of-state high school graduates who have achieved distinction in their academics. Awards range from $2,000 to $10,000 per year. Additional information can be found at

Learn more about scholarships


The Office of Student Financial Assistance has a limited loan fund available to students for assistance in meeting unexpected expenses due to emergencies. There is no interest payment on HELP loan funds. You may only receive one HELP loan per semester.

Learn more about HELP Loans


Office of Financial Aid
Green Hall, Room 101
The College of New Jersey
P.O. Box 7718
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
Tel. 609.771.2211
Fax. 609.637.5154

Office Hours: 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Monday through Friday

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