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2015-2016

Going to College in New Jersey. A magazine for college-bound students in New Jersey. Features colleges and universities in New Jersey.

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73 GOING TO COLLEGE IN NEW JERSEY • WWW.HESAA.ORG • 1-609-584-4480 STEP 1 - GET FREE HELP! Get free information and help from your school counselor, the financial aid office at the college or career school you plan to attend, or HESAA at: 609-584-4480 or www.hesaa.org or the U.S. Department of Education (ED) at: StudentAid.ed.gov or 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433- 3243). Free help is available any time during the applica- tion process. You should never have to pay for help. STEP 2 - KNOW YOUR DEADLINES! New Jersey State Deadlines First-time NJ State Grant Applicants Fall/Spring Applicants – October 1st Spring Only – March 1st Renewal Tuition Aid Grant Recipients June 1st Federal Deadlines Complete the FAFSA between Jan 1st and June 30th of the succeeding calendar year (no exceptions to either date) BUT apply as soon as possible. To meet deadlines apply online at www.fafsa.gov. KNOW YOUR COLLEGE FAFSA DEADLINES. STEP 3 - PREPARE! Collect the documents needed to apply, including income tax returns and W-2 forms (and other records of income). A full list of what you need is available at www.fafsa.gov. Tax return not completed at the time you apply? Estimate the tax information, apply, and correct information later. STEP 4 - LOGIN AND COMPLETE FAFSA! Create your user ID and password by clicking on the link create an FSA ID. Start entering your FAFSA answers for the appropriate FAFSA school year. When you have completed answering all FAFSA questions, submit the FAFSA. STEP 5 - ANSWER NEW JERSEY QUESTIONS! To submit additional information required to be considered for New Jersey State grants and scholarships, New Jersey residents should click the link on the FAFSA on the Web con- firmation page entitled "Optional Feature – Start your state application..." Once completed you will be notified of the status of your State grant application by the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority. STEP 6 - YOUR FAFSA RESULTS! The U.S. Department of Education will send you your Student Aid Report (SAR) – the result of processing your FAFSA. Review your SAR, and if necessary, make changes or corrections and submit your SAR for reprocessing. You can submit corrections online at www.fafsa.gov. Your complete, corrected SAR will contain your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which determines your federal student aid eligibility. STEP 7 - VERIFY YOUR ANSWERS! If you are selected for federal verification, your school's financial aid office will ask you to submit tax return tran- scripts and other documents, as appropriate. Be sure to meet the school's deadlines. To request an IRS tax return transcript go to www.irs.gov - it's free. Note: The State of New Jersey may also request documents to verify information reported on the FAFSA. STEP 8 - GET AWARD QUESTIONS ANSWERED! All Students: Contact the financial aid office if you have any questions about the aid being offered. First-Time Applicants: Review award letters from schools to compare amounts and types of aid being offered. Decide which school to attend based on a combination of (a) how well the school fits your needs and (b) its afford- ability after all aid is taken into account. 8 STEPS TO APPLY FOR FEDERAL & STATE STUDENT AID

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