Free tuition is in the STARS! 

Were you ranked in the top 15% of your class at the end of junior or senior year?

You could attend RCBC for five full semesters tuition FREE! 

Am I eligible?

If you meet the following requirements, you could be a STAR!

  1. You are a New Jersey resident.

  2. You rank in the top 15% of your class at the end of Junior or Senior year of high school (*Note: This is based on your weighted rank.).

  3. You are within five semesters of your high school graduation.

  4. You are considered college-ready.

What does NJ STARS cover?

NJ STARS will cover your tuition at RCBC for between 12-18 credits per fall and spring semester only for up to five semesters.

(*Note: If you have any other federal or state grant funding, this may be applied to your tuition first.)

How do I maintain my NJ STARS status?
  1. Maintain full-time status – between 12 to 18 credits per semester (about 4-6 courses).

  2. Reach a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 prior to the start of your third semester. (*Note: This only includes courses taken while enrolled at RCBC in the NJ STARS Program.)

  3. Complete FAFSA, HESAA, and any additional financial aid documents requested of you annually.

What is NJ STARS II?

If you plan to transfer to a four-year institution in the state of New Jersey, NJ STARS II could be for you! 

This is a tuition scholarship of up to $2,500 each year for two consecutive years at one of the 38 four-year institution in New Jersey that accepts it.

Simply graduate with your associate degree from RCBC with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 in good NJ STARS standing to be eligible!

To do:

  1. Apply to RCBC and declare a major in an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree program.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and State (HESAA) requirements.
  3. Submit your official high school transcript and standardized test scores.
  4. Meet with the NJ STARS Coordinator and complete the NJ STARS Contract.
  5. Register full-time for 12-18 college credits.
  6. Make a payment or payment plan toward fees on your account. 
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