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How to Apply to the NJ STARS Program

We are excited that you have decided to apply to Bergen Community College in the NJ STARS program as a prospective NJ STARS student!

Please complete the following steps as soon as possible in order to be officially certified as an NJ STARS student:

  1. After receiving your letter and contract, read the contract carefully.  It contains important information including requirements that must be met to become certified and also to remain in the program.
  2. If you received a letter stating you qualified for NJ STARS at the end of your junior year and may be eligible if you graduate in the top 15 percent of your high school class, but did not receive a contract, please confirm your class rank, and if you meet the requirements, sent an email to njstars@bergen.edu and let us know you are interested in receiving NJ STARS information.
  3. After visiting Academic Advising, registering for your classes, and checking your portal account to make sure your Financial Aid requirements have been met, stop in or call 201-447-7211 to schedule an appointment with one of the NJ STARS Academic Counselors list. Please bring the completed contract with you to your appointment by July 21, 2014.
  4. Please send or bring in your final sealed official High School transcript directly to:  Catherine Krostek, Enrollment Services Coordinator, Office of Recruitment & Admissions, 400 Paramus Road- Room A-118H, Paramus, NJ  07652

For more detailed information, please click on the NJ STARS Contract above, and the table below:

 

TO DO LIST

INSTRUCTIONS

DEADLINE

Apply to Bergen Community College and declare a major.

Apply online. If you are unsure of which major to declare, choose liberal arts.

BCC has an open enrollment policy; however, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Complete required Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA).

 

Indicate BCC as the first choice college.

Complete the appropriate aid year FAFSA. Make BCC the first choice college.







College Code: 004736





Contact Financial Aid with any questions at:





Phone:201-447-7148



Fax: 201-612-9823



Email:
financial.aid@bergen.edu

BCC Priority Deadline:



April 15 2014







State Deadline:



(2013-2014 Academic Year)



Returning students: June 1, 2014







All Other Applicants:



(fall semester or full academic year) October 1, 2014







All Other Applicants:



(spring semester only)



March 1, 2015

 

 

Complete required State financial aid paperwork.

 

Indicate BCC as first school of choice.

Visit www.njgrants.org and click "Report Additional Information for State Aid.”







IMPORTANT!







Any changes to the first choice college code require direct contact to FAFSA and HESAA







HESAA Customer Care: 800-792-8670







Contact Financial Aid with any questions at:







Phone:201-447-7148



Fax: 201-612-9823



Email:
financial.aid@bergen.edu

 

 

Deadlines listed above, apply.

Confirm FAFSA and HESAA information is complete, accurate, timely and received by the College.

Contact Financial Aid with any questions at:



Phone:201-447-7148



Fax: 201-612-9823







Email: 
financial.aid@bergen.edu







Submit any additional paperwork requested.

 

 

 

 

Deadlines listed above, apply.

Submit final, official high school transcripts.

Final transcripts are required for all NJ STARS students by July 18.

 

Please send transcripts to the attention of Catherine Krostek, Enrollment Services Coordinator.

As soon as final transcripts become available after high school graduation.

Submit any other college transcripts (if applicable).

Official transcripts must be sent to Registration to be evaluated for transfer credit. Students may use unofficial copies of transcripts for initial registration.

Unofficial copies should accompany the student on the day of registration. Official copies should be received before registration for the student’s second semester.

Display college readiness for English, Reading and Math

College readiness is displayed by any of the following:





SAT scores: 540 reading, 530 math



ACT scores: 23 reading, 20 math, 23 composite



AP or CLEP scores



CAP classes in English or Math





College level English or Math taken at another regionally accredited institution



BCC Accuplacer testing.





Additional placement testing is required for students pursuing a major which requires pre-calculus

Placement testing must be complete prior to registering for the first semester.

 

College readiness must be displayed by Sept. 1st one year following high school graduation.







Students must submit any placement test scores and are strongly advised to bring copies of test scores and current high school transcripts with them on the day of registration.







Students are not eligible for NJ STARS funds until college readiness is displayed .

Complete the Verification Process for Federal and/or State aid.

If selected for verification, submit all required paperwork to the BCC Financial Aid office.







Delays in supplying any requested documentation can impact processing of financial aid applications/scholarships.







For more information, visit:



Phone:201-447-7148



Fax: 201-612-9823



Email: 
financial.aid@bergen.edu

Please refer to the Financial Aid, Federal and State websites for deadlines and procedures.

Register for courses.

Attend Spring Ahead with your high school (speak with your Guidance Department for details) or attend a New Student Orientation (post cards are mailed

Ideally before the payment deadlines for each semester. Please refer to the Bursar for payment deadlines and policies.





Registration after the payment deadlines will result in same day payment being required.





Registration after the payment deadlines will result in same day payment (potentially in full) being required.

Make payment on all fees.



* NJ STARS covers tuition only for 12-18 credits per semester, no summer funding



available. The remainder of the cost of attendance is the responsibility of the student.

Payment on fees can be made once NJ STARS funding is awarded to the student’s account. Students will be sent an award letter from financial aid and the award will appear on the student’s Portal account.

Ideally before the payment deadlines for each semester. Please refer to the Bursar for payment deadlines and policies.



Registration after the payment deadlines will result in same day payment being required.

Sign the NJ STARS contract.

Email Admissions for an appointment.

Can be signed at any time during the enrollment process. 

Become familiar with your BCC portal account.

Log in to your BCC Portal account and change your password. Use these tools daily as it is the main means of communication between you and school.

As soon as you are given access to the accounts.