As of 2015, New Jersey state grants for college are available through the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, according to GoCollege. Grants include the state's Tuition Aid Grant program, which offers full or partial college tuition to full-time students pursuing degrees at New Jersey colleges or universities, and the Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarships, called NJ Stars and NJ Stars II. The Educational Opportunity Fund Grant helps financially and socially disadvantaged students planning to attend college in New Jersey.
The Tuition Aid Grant program bases its awards on the financial need shown by the students' Free Application for Federal Student Aid applications, notes GoCollege. The Educational Opportunity Fund Grant has set as its priority those students who are motivated academically, but are at risk for not attending college. The fund renews its grants annually if the recipients' financial needs continue.
The NJ Stars program provides full tuition assistance to state residents with scholastic talent and financial need who plan to attend county colleges, explains GoCollege. To qualify, students must graduate in the top 15 percent of their high school class. The NJ Stars II program makes additional awards to NJ Stars graduates of two-year colleges, enabling them to transfer to four-year colleges. Grant recipients must take 12 to 18 credits per semester.
Other New Jersey grants for college education include the Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars program and the New Jersey World Trade Center Scholarship, notes GoCollege. The Survivor Tuition Benefits program and the Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Scholarship program are for New Jersey students of higher education whose parents died in the line of duty as first responders, notes GoCollege.