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State Aid Opportunity

If you are an NJ Dreamer (a resident who was brought to the United States as a child without documentation and meets all the criteria outlined below) and are not eligible for financial assistance under the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), you may still be eligible for state financial aid through the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application. Learn more about this application below.

How to Apply

  • Step 1 Create a login for the NJ Financial Aid Management System (NJFAMS)
  • Step 2 Access your NJFAMS Account
  • Step 3 Select “Apply Online for New Jersey Financial Aid (NJ Dreamer Students Only)" to complete the Academic Year 2024-25 application.

Who Should Complete the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application?

Complete this application if you live in New Jersey, are not eligible for the FAFSA, and meet all of the following criteria:

  • Attended a New Jersey high school for at least three (3) years
  • Graduated from a New Jersey high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in New Jersey
  • Are able to file an affidavit stating that you have filed an application to legalize your immigration status or will file an application as soon you are eligible to do so
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  • Tuesday, 8/6 - 6pm
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Frequently Asked Questions

Will my information remain confidential?

The New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application is a confidential application that is used solely by our state agency – the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) – to qualify students for state financial aid. It is not used for federal financial aid purposes. Information that is shared with HESAA via this application is only used by HESAA and partner colleges/universities and other state agencies in order to administer grants and scholarships. HESAA will do everything within its authority and jurisdiction to protect the ongoing confidentiality of this information.

Why should I complete the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application?

If you are eligible for this application, completing it will allow HESAA to determine your eligibility for any state financial aid, such as grants and scholarships. New Jersey colleges and universities may also use this data to award their own aid. This helps more students afford a postsecondary education who are not eligible for federal aid.

What will I need to start my New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application?

  • 2021 Tax Returns for Parents and Students for the 2023-24 college academic year, or
  • 2022 Tax Returns for Parents and Students for the 2024-25 college academic year
  • Other Verifiable Income Information
  • Student’s Social Security Card (Only if you have one)
  • Student’s State Issued Driver’s License (Only if you have one)

Do my parent(s) or I need a Social Security number to apply?

If you and/or your parent(s) do have a Social Security number or Individual Identification Number (ITIN), please enter that information on the application. However, if you and/or your parent(s) do not have a Social Security number or ITIN, that information is optional.

Students without a Social Security number and/or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) will be assigned a HESAA Grants ID. Parents without a Social Security Number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) should follow the instructions on the application. If families do not have these numbers, they will need to provide some other proof of verifiable income on the application.

What is the State deadline to complete the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application?

For all State financial aid deadlines, click here.

What are the next steps after I complete this application?

Monitor the customized ‘To Do List’ in your NJFAMS account to see if there is any additional documentation you might owe HESAA. Otherwise, keep an eye on your account for notification from HESAA about your state aid eligibility .

Helpful Resources

New Jersey Financial Aid Management System (NJFAMS) View/​Download(PDF)
HESAA Publications View/​Download
HESAA Customer Care Contact Information View