The New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) announced today that the deadline for current students to renew State financial aid will be extended to June 1, 2020. Originally slated for an April 15, 2020 deadline, the timeline was extended to June 1 to meet the needs of students and families whose ability to complete financial aid forms has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students will now have an additional six weeks to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application for NJ Dreamers if they are "renewal students" in the current academic year who are receiving a New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant (TAG), Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG), Governor's Urban Scholarship (GUS), and/or New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (NJSTARS and NJSTARS II). Renewal students who plan to re-enroll in the upcoming academic year at a New Jersey higher education institution are now eligible for a one-time filing extension to June 1, 2020.
We encourage all students to complete the FAFSA well before the June 1 deadline. The sooner students apply, the earlier they can find out about available State financial aid and make informed decisions about the 2020-2021 academic year. While the April 15 deadline for renewal students is now extended to June 1, 2020, the State aid application deadline will remain September 15, 2020 for new students enrolling for the first time in the fall 2020 semester.
To complete a FAFSA, click here. To complete a New Jersey Alternative Application for NJ Dreamers, click here.