Free Application for Federal Student Aid/NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application



Beginning with the Class of 2022 (and beyond), each graduating high school senior in Newark is required, as part of the District's new graduation requirement, to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or the NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application.

The FAFSA is an opportunity to have access to the resources that are needed to consider and enter postsecondary education – whether it be 2-year, 4-year, or technical school. In addition, students who are NJ residents but do not meet the requirements for FAFSA may consider the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application (NJAFAA) as an option. The NJAFAA enables students to receive state financial assistance to support their post-secondary college and career goals.

If you do not qualify for the FAFSA or the Alternative Financial Aid Application, parents/guardians should complete the FAFSA/NJAFAA Exemption Form and submit it to your child’s school counselor of your child’s senior year.

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Whether you’re a student or parent, years away from college or just about to start, the following checklists will help you get ready.

  • Elementary School Checklist: Student and parent checklists that start the student on the road to enjoying learning and point the parent to resources for college savings accounts.
  • Middle School Checklist: Student and parent checklists that get the student thinking about high school and possible careers and encourage the parent to keep an eye on the student’s progress.
  • High School Checklist: Student and parent checklists that help the student focus on succeeding academically and learning about financial aid and provide the parent with tips for supporting the student and participating in the financial aid application process.
FAFSA with Friends — Financial Aid Schedule of Events