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Information for High School Students and High School Graduates

To High School Students and Graduates:

In February, letters are sent out by the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) to high school students who qualified for the NJ STARS program as prospective NJ STARS students at the end of their junior year.

After receiving the prospective NJ STARS scholars’ information from HESAA, Rowan College at Burlington County will send a letter to those prospective NJ STARS students together with the Application Process for New and Transfer Students checklist.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, please read the letter and attachments carefully since these documents contain important information including requirements that must be met to be officially certified as an NJ STARS student, as well as requirements necessary to maintain eligibility in the NJ STARS program.  For more information, please visit the NJ STARS website at rcbc.edu/njstars.

Students who are eligible and have already applied to Rowan College at Burlington County should email njstars@rcbc.edu so their college record can be flagged as Prospective NJ STARS students, and they can be added to the NJ STARS email list to receive important announcements regarding upcoming deadlines, registration dates, etc.


What if You Do Not Receive a Letter from HESAA or Rowan College at Burlington County?
If you did not receive a letter from HESAA or RCBC by the end of March and believe you should have, please check with your high school guidance department to see if you ranked in the top 15.0% of your class at the end of your junior year.  If you did not qualify at the end of your junior year, you can still qualify if you rank in the top 15.0% of your class at the end of your senior year.

Students whose names are not on the HESAA list of qualifying junior high school students but should have been and students who qualify at the end of their senior year are potentially eligible for the NJ STARS Program. However, these students will need to provide proof of their class rank and class size either 1) on an official final signed and sealed transcript, or 2) in a signed letter from their high school on the high school’s letterhead, sealed with the school seal.

Students who already graduated and are within five semesters from high school graduation are also potentially eligible for the NJ STARS Program.  These students may also need to provide proof of their class rank and class size (see above) depending upon whether or not these students are listed on a previous HESAA list of qualifying junior high school students.