Types of Financial Aid

Take the first step in finding out the type of aid you qualify for at Sussex by filling a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Federal Aid

Federal Pell Grant

  • Must be enrolled in an eligible program of study and demonstrate financial need.
  • Amounts vary with cost of education ($606 to $5,920 awarded annually). No repayments required. Students may be eligible for additional funds for the summer terms. Check with Financial Aid to see if you qualify.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

  • Must be Pell eligible and enrolled in at least 6 credits.
  • Federal grants awarded to Pell recipients. Amounts vary from $100 to $600 annually based on federal funding.

Federal Work Study Program (FWSP)

  • Full or half-time students working toward a degree or certificate that show financial need. Filing a FAFSA form is required.
  • Students work on and/or off campus and are paid the 15th and last day of each month.

Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan*

  • Students enrolled at least half-time in eligible program of study showing financial need (must file FAFSA).
  • Up to $3500 for first year students and $4500 for second year students. Repayment in amounts of at least $50 per month. Interest rate is 4.45%

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan*

  • Students enrolled at least half-time in eligible program of study. May be used if the student does not qualify for a subsidized loan (must file FAFSA).
  • Up to $5500 for first year students, and $6500 for second year students. Interest rate is 4.45%. Repayment in amounts of at least $50 per month. Student may pay interest while in school or capitalize interest.

Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)*

Parents and relatives may borrow for the student. Student must be enrolled at least half-time (must file a FAFSA).

  • Amount borrowed may cover tuition, fees, books and related educational expenses. Repayment starts 60 days after disbursement. Interest rate capped at 7.00%.

Veterans’ Educational Benefits

Students wishing to take advantage of V.A benefits & programs at Sussex MUST meet with the Veterans Coordinator to apply, register for classes and certify enrollment with the V.A. Veterans should contact the College's Veterans Services Dept. at 973-300-2109 or email jfinocchiaro@sussex.edu.

NJ Veterans Tuition Credit Program (NJVTCP)

  • Must have served in the armed forces at least one year between 12/31/60 and 5/7/75 and have been a resident of NJ at time of induction or discharge.
  • $200 per semester for full-time.
    $100 per semester for half-time.

NJ National Guard Tuition Program

  • Must have completed Initial Active Duty Training and be able to present Commanders Certificate each semester.
  • Full tuition up to 16 credits per semester.

State Aid

New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant (TAG)

  • Must be enrolled full-time and a New Jersey resident.
  • NJ HESAA determines grant value based on need. $1228 to $3084 annually. Limit is 5 semesters.

New Jersey Part-Time Tuition Aid Grant

  • NJ resident, enrolled in at least 6 credits.
  • NJ HESAA determines grant value based on need. $598 to $2048 annually. Limit is 5 semesters.

Educational Opportunity Fund Grant

  • Available to students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds who meet eligibility requirements.
  • Award amounts vary depending on enrollment status, college costs and financial need.
  • Renewable annually based upon continued eligibility.
  • Applicants must also contact the campus EOF director to apply for admission into the program. The college will determine the value of the grant.

New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship Program (NJ STARS)

  • NJ residents only. Must rank in the top 15% of their class at the end of either their junior or senior year of high school, and maintain a 3.0. Students must provide proof of graduation. All remedial requirements must be completed before receiving scholarship.
  • Must file FAFSA form by deadlines each year. Pays tuition up to 18 credits college level per semester for a total of 5 semesters.

NJ Public Tuition Benefit Program

  • NJ residents only. Restricted to dependents of emergency personnel killed in the line of duty.
  • Full tuition.

NJ Volunteer Firefighters Rescue Squad Members, Spouses & Dependent Children’s Benefit Program.

  • Town/Township certification required noting 4 years of volunteer service commitment.
  • Up to $600 per year with a cap of $2400.

Foundation Scholarships

The College Foundation offers scholarships to students attending Sussex County Community College.

*Loans are the least desirable means of meeting educational expenses and are to be used only after all other options are exhausted. Regulations and amounts are subject to change. Contact the Financial Aid Office for details.