How to Apply for Financial Aid

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Completing the FAFSA is the most important step for anyone applying for financial aid, but did you know there are other steps involved in the application process? Follow this step-by-step process to ensure you complete all steps in the financial aid process. Let’s get started!

 

U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens should only follow the steps below to apply for Stockton scholarships, file the FAFSA and view their eligibility for state financial aid programs. New Jersey Dreamers/DACA students should only follow the steps below to apply for Stockton scholarships and complete the New Jersey Alternative Application.

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Stockton University offers incoming students the opportunity to apply for institutional scholarships based on academic and extracurricular achievement.

Accepted transfer students are considered for scholarships based on previous college performance.

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How Long Will It Take?
  • 15 Minutes
What Is An FSA ID?

Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your FAFSA.

Students: You’ll need one in order to electronically sign your FAFSA form and to fill out a Renewal FAFSA form. Students also need one to apply for Direct Loans on StudentAid.gov.

Parents: A dependent student will need to have one of his or her legal parents sign the student’s FAFSA form, so the parent needs an FSA ID as well. Parents also need one to apply for a Direct PLUS Loan on StudentAid.gov.

It’s important to understand that the student and the parent may not share an FSA ID. Your FSA ID is your signature, so it has to be unique to you.

How to Get Started:
  • Go to fsaid.ed.gov
  • Select "Create an FSA ID"

 

 Create an FSA ID

How Long Will It Take?
  • 30 Minutes
What Is The FAFSA?

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the application you will use to apply for federal student aid programs offered by the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

  • Apply after October 1st
  • Stockton Federal School Code: 009345
How to Get Started:
  • Go to fafsa.gov
  • Login using your FSA ID

 

Complete the FAFSA

How Long Will It Take?
  • 10 Minutes
What is state aid?

Just as the federal government offers aid to qualifying students who file a FAFSA, the State of New Jersey also offers aid to qualifying New Jersey residents.

After a student files the FAFSA, the State of New Jersey receives a copy of the application and uses the information to determine their eligibility for state financial aid programs. No additional action is required unless the state requests additional documentation from a student. Students can view their eligibility and any requirements at njfams.hesaa.org.

How to Get Started:
  • Visit njfams.hesaa.org
  • Log in with your NJFAMS username and password 
    • First time users will have to create an account to log in.
  • View your eligibility and click on your To Do List

Click here to view your eligibility

How Long Will It Take?
  • 30 Minutes
What is the NJ Alternative Application?

New Jersey Dreamers/DACA students are not eligible for federal financial aid; however, these students could be eligible for state financial aid programs. To determine your eligibility, follow the steps below to apply. Learn more at njgrants.org.

How to Get Started:
  • Visit njgrants.org
  • Select the "NJ Dreamers" tab
  • Click "Apply Now"
  • Create an account to complete the New Jersey Alternative Application

Please Note: Qualifying New Jersey Dreamers/DACA students need to complete the application each year by the April 15 deadline to be considered for the grant.

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Each year a student is eligible, they must submit an affidavit to the Office of Financial Aid. We will send the affidavit to all eligible students to complete and submit to our office. Eligible students must submit their high school transcript to the Office of Financial Aid the first time they receive the grant.

How Long Will It Take?
  • 10 Minutes
Where Can I View my Financial Aid Offer?

Students will receive an email notifying them that their financial aid offer is ready to view. A link to view their offer notification will be provided to students within the email.

How to Get Started:
  • Check your email for an offer notification from the Office of Financial Aid
  • Click the link within the email to view your offer notification

 

Instructional Video:

How Long Will It Take?
  • 10 Minutes
Why Do I Need To Accept Loans?

Unlike any grants or scholarships that may be included in your offer, there are additional steps you must take in order to receive your Federal Direct Loans.

How to Get Started:
  • Go to go.stockton.edu
  • Login with your goStockton Portal username and password

 

Accept/Decline Your Offer

Instructional Video:

Things you May Need:
  • goStockton Portal ID

Entrance Counseling

How Long Will It Take?
  • 20 Minutes
What Is Entrance Counseling?

The Federal Government requires you to complete entrance counseling to ensure that you understand the responsibilities and obligations you are assuming.

How to Get Started:

  • Go to studentaid.gov
  • Login with your FSA ID

Complete Entrance Counseling

 

Instructional Video:

Things you May Need?
  • Verified FSA ID
  • School Name
  • Details on your income, financial aid, and living expenses.


Master Promissory Note (MPN)

How Long Will It Take?
  • 20 Minutes

What is an MPN?

The MPN is a legal document in which you promise to repay your federal student loan(s) and any accrued interest and fees to your lender or loan holder.

How to Get Started:
  • Go to studentaid.gov
  • Login with your FSA ID

 

Complete a Master Promissory Note

Instructional Video:

Things you May Need:
  • Verified FSA ID
  • Personal Information
  • School Name
  • Reference information for two people with different U.S. addresses who have known you for at least 3 years.

After applying for financial aid, you may still have a balance with the Bursar's Office. You can view your bill through the Bursar tab on the goStockton Portal.

Here are three different options to help close the gap.

Instructional Video: How to View your Bill

As always, all students with questions regarding financial aid are welcome to contact our office.

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