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Residency Guidance

 

Residency review requests are considered when received within 60 days of the first notice of ineligibility.

 

A dependent student as defined in N.J.A.C. 9A:9-2.6 is presumed to be a legal resident of the State in which his or her parent(s) reside. A dependent student whose parent(s) is not a legal resident of New Jersey is not eligible to participate in State grant and scholarship programs. If you believe that HESAA has incorrectly determined that your parent(s) is not a legal resident of New Jersey, or that you can establish legal residency in New Jersey notwithstanding the residency of your parent(s) and have been a permanent resident of New Jersey for at least 12 months prior to the start of college and are not residing in New Jersey for the sole purpose of receiving an education, you can request a review of HESAA's preliminary decision by providing HESAA with documentation including but not limited to:

  • Proof of graduation from a New Jersey high school or a New Jersey GED (currently enrolled New Jersey high school seniors can submit a high school transcript);

  • A copy of the parent's or student's most recent New Jersey resident income tax return as applicable;

  • A copy of the parent's or student's New Jersey driver license or state identification as applicable (copy and enlarge before faxing or mailing);

  • Evidence of the parent’s or student’s home ownership or a long-term lease in New Jersey as applicable; and

  • Such additional documentation as may be deemed necessary by HESAA upon specific review of the student's application.

Upon receipt of this documentation, HESAA will make a determination of your State grant eligibility and send you a Student Eligibility Notice (SEN) reflecting your potential State grant eligibility.
 

You should know that this determination does not affect your eligibility for federal financial aid. In addition, most students, including those receiving grants and scholarships, also take advantage of affordable student loans that are an important component of financial aid. A financial aid representative at your institution can advise you on the best financial aid package to meet your needs, so it is important to meet with your campus financial aid counselor and discuss available options.

 

If you have any questions, contact HESAA's Customer Service Hotline at 609-584-4480, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm; Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

To submit, visit www.njgrants.org and click on "Electronic Document Collection".

 

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