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Eligibility Requirements and Coverage for New and Transfer Students

In October, 2014, new NJ STARS regulations were signed allowing students who rank in the top 15.0% of their class at the end of either their junior or senior year of high school to be potentially eligible for the NJ STARS Program.

Students who graduated from high school and did not take advantage of the NJ STARS Program may still be potentially eligible for NJ STARS scholarships if they enroll in their home county community college within five terms from high school graduation.

NJ STARS will pay for tuition only for 12-18 college-level credits in fall and spring terms (currently, funds are not available to cover summer courses). Books, student fees and supplies are not covered by NJ STARS. Students are eligible for five terms of funding.

In order to be eligible for NJ STARS scholarships, there are other academic, financial aid and residency requirements which must still be met such as:

  • Students must demonstrate college readiness for English, Reading and Math in order to be academically eligible for NJ STARS.
    • ** Beginning fall 2017, students who are deemed college ready may need to take an additional College Level Math (CLM) test to determine the appropriate math course sequence. This test is required for student's who are declaring a major that requires a calculus math track.
  • NJ STARS is not contingent on displaying financial need.  However, applications for all Federal and State financial aid must be completed by the appropriated deadlines in order to be eligible for NJ STARS.
  • Students and their parents must be U.S. Citizens or eligible non-citizens, and legal New Jersey residents for a minimum of twelve months prior to high school graduation and upon county college enrollment.


These links are the Fact Sheets directly from HESAA (Higher Education Student Assistance Authority) for each cohort of NJ STARS students.