The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority Tuition Aid Grants (TAG) is a state-funded program which provides assistance to students who demonstrate substantial financial need.

Eligible Students

  • Are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens.
  • Have a U.S. diploma or equivalent.
  • Are enrolled, full-time, matriculated undergraduate students.
  • Are legal residents of New Jersey for a minimum of twelve (12) months prior to receiving a grant.
  • Cannot be in default on a student loan or owe a refund on any student grant.

How to Apply

Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filled out by the required deadlines:

  • Returning students: June 1. If you do not file by this deadline you will lose grant eligibility for both the fall and the spring.
  • New students in the fall and spring: Oct. 1.
  • New students in the spring only: March 1.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I considered a State resident if I live on campus?
No, residency is determined by your parents’ residence.

Can I receive a TAG grant if I am a part-time student?
No, unless it is your last semester and you are taking at least nine credits.

Can I transfer my out-of-state grant to NJ?
No. If you are eligible for a state grant in the state you reside you must attend college in that state to receive it.

If I receive a state grant, is it automatically renewed each year?
No. You must reapply by the deadlines (by filing a FAFSA) as well as complete the additional information questions with the State of NJ to be eligible.

Contact Information

The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority Scholarships and Grants
P.O. Box 540
Trenton, NJ 08695

For further information, email the Financial Aid Office at or call 973-408-3112.