The New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship, NJ STARS, is a merit-based scholarship exclusively for New Jersey residents identified in the top 15 percent of their high school class. NJ STARS covers tuition for up to five semesters at the community college.
Initial Eligibility Requirements for NJ STARS
In order to qualify for NJ STARS, students must graduate in the top 15 percent of their high school class at the end of their senior year. Following high school graduation, students must display college readiness for English and math by presenting: SAT/ACT scores, Accuplacer test scores, AP scores, CAP courses and/or college-level English and math taken at another accredited institution. Students have one year following high school graduation to display college readiness for English and math.
Note: For students pursuing degrees requiring pre-calculus or calculus, an additional placement test may be required.
Required Scores for College Readiness:
My son or daughter meets the initial eligibility criteria for NJ STARS, now what?
After meeting the initial eligibility criteria, the FAFSA must be completed with Bergen Community Community College (BCC) as the first choice college (college code 004736). How to Complete Your FAFSA
Additional information also needs to be reported to determine eligibility for state aid. Students can go to www.njgrants.org and click on Report Additional Information for State Aid.
For more information or assistance on Financial Aid at BCC, see the Financial Aid Website
Registering as an NJ STARS Student at Bergen Community College
Once a students’ academic eligibility has been determined, the student will make an appointment with an academic counselor to register for courses and review the NJ STARS contract. To schedule an appointment, please call 201-447-7211
What Does NJ STARS Cover?
NJ STARS will pay for tuition only for 12-18 college-level credits in fall and spring semesters (currently, funds are not available to cover summer courses). Books, student fees and supplies are not covered by NJ STARS. Students are eligible for five semesters of funding.
How Maintain NJ STARS Eligibility
To maintain NJ STARS eligibility, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and maintain continuous full-time enrollment (12 college-level credits) in fall and spring semesters. FAFSA and state information reporting must also be completed each year by the required deadlines. In order to qualify for NJ STARS II, students must graduate as a NJ STARS student with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA as well as have a family income (taxable and untaxed income) less than $250,000. NJ STARS does not guarantee acceptance at the four-year institution; students must meet all acceptance criteria and adhere to the admissions deadlines required by the four-year transfer institution.
The Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the confidentiality of a students academic records and prohibits the college from releasing information about the student to anyone but the student. This legislation requires verification of the students identity to release information and prohibits information being released over the phone or to a parent, family member, friend, etc. without the students consent. FERPA consent forms are available for the student to complete authorizing the college to release certain information to individuals whom the student identifies.
Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Road
Paramus, NJ 07652