Step 1: Complete your FAFSA
Your first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov
. If you have already completed your FAFSA for this year, simply add our school code (002643) to your FAFSA so that we will receive it.
Two of the eligibility criteria for the FAFSA are citizenship status (you do not need to be a citizen) and selective service registration. Go to our Citizenship and Selective Service
webpage for more information about these criteria.
If you are not eligible to complete the FAFSA, you may still be eligible for scholarships. You can find more information on how scholarships work and how to apply for one on our Scholarships
Step 2: Check that your FAFSA was received
You will be able to see when we have received your FAFSA by checking the Communication section in Owl’s Nest. If you haven’t yet logged on to Owl’s Nest, or need more information about it, please go to our Owl’s Nest webpage.
Step 3: Submit any requested documents to the Financial Aid Office
When you check to see that your FAFSA was received, you may also notice that some other documents are in a Missing or Incomplete status. The completed documents can be faxed the Financial Aid Office at to 908-709-7018 or you can scan the completed form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that any citizenship documentation or a social security card must be presented in person.
The Financial Aid Office does not make tentative awards. You will not be awarded any federal or state financial aid (including grants and loans) until all of the required documents have been reviewed.
If you receive any requests via email or through the mail from the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA), please comply with those requests. You must submit all documents that they request in order to be eligible for any state aid including Tuition Aid Grant (TAG), Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), and NJ STARS.
Step 4: Check the status of your submitted documents
Once your documents are received by our office, they will be in a status of Pending Review. All documents are reviewed within a week to 10 days, however, many are processed much sooner. Please check the status of your documents often. If additional information is needed after the documents have been reviewed, you will see those documents in the Communication section. Once all documents have been updated to a Reviewed status, you can see your financial aid award.
Step 5: Review your financial aid award
Once all of your documents have been reviewed, you will see your financial aid award in the Financial Aid section of Owl’s Nest. You can view your financial aid award amounts for the entire academic year or just for a single term.
If all of your documents have been reviewed and you do not see a financial aid award, this is because you are not eligible for grants. You are still, however, eligible for student loans and scholarships. Union County College does not automatically award students a loan, however, if you would like to borrow a loan, you can request one. Information about how student loans work and how to request one can be found on our Loans page. Information about how scholarships work and how to request one can be found on our Scholarships page.
Step 6: Remember to Apply each year
You must apply for financial aid each year. You should complete your FAFSA each spring for the following fall and spring semesters. If you have a loan, you will need to complete a Loan Request Form each year. If you are receiving a scholarship, you will need to submit a scholarship application for the next year.