Changes To NJ STARS Will Affect 2009 High School Graduates

TRENTON—Recently, Gov. Jon Corzine and the New Jersey State Legislature revised the New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Rewards Scholarship (NJ STARS) and NJ STARS II scholarship programs to ensure their long-term viability.

Students graduating high school in 2009 in the top 15 percent of their class will be academically eligible for the scholarship in the fall 2009 semester, provided they pass the community college placement test or have an equivalent SAT score.

In the fall 2009 semester, community college NJ STARS graduates with a 3.0 or better grade point average will academically qualify for the NJ STARS II scholarship during the junior and senior years at New Jersey’s public four-year colleges and universities. However, in future semesters, community college NJ STARS graduates will need at least a 3.25 grade point average to qualify for NJ STARS II.

In addition, NJ STARS II scholarships will be fixed at up to $6,000 a year for students earning their associate degree with up to a 3.49 grade point average; scholarships will be $7,000 a year for students earning their associate degree with a 3.5 to 4.0 grade point average and in both cases other merit- and need-based aid will be applied first. The scholarships will cover tuition only, except in the case of NJ Tuition Aid Grant recipients who can apply the scholarship to fees as well. Non-need based aid students will cover the fees and any remaining tuition amounts. NJ STARS II students must maintain a 3.25 grade point average in their junior year to receive the scholarship in their senior year. The senior year award will be adjusted up or down based on the student’s grade point average.

Current NJ STARS freshmen at the community college will be grandfathered for their remaining semesters but will have to meet the new criteria for NJ STARS II. Current NJ STARS II juniors will receive their current benefit for their senior year.

For a detailed list of all changes to NJ STARS and NJ STARS II, visit

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government.

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