The Stockton Promise

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The new Stockton Promise grant covers 100% of the gap between federal, state and institutional financial aid (grants & scholarships) and the cost of tuition and fees for qualifying students.

This grant furthers Stockton University's ongoing commitment to helping students achieve their academic goals while reducing their need for student loans.


Eligibility

To be eligible for the Stockton Promise grant, students must:

  • Enroll as a new matriculated (degree-seeking), first-time undergraduate (freshman) OR transfer student for the fall 2021 semester or later.
    • NOTE: Only students pursuing their first bachelor's degree are eligible. Student cannot be a readmitted student or have been previously enrolled at Stockton, unless enrollment occurred while still in high school (i.e. dual-credit courses). 
  • Maintain full-time status (enroll in at least 12 credits per semester at Stockton).
  • Be a New Jersey state resident.
  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or HESAA NJ Alternative Application (Dreamer students only).
    • IMPORTANT: Please be aware that the 2021-22 FAFSA utilizes 2019 income and tax information; therefore, we will use 2019 income information to verify fall 2021/spring 2022 students' eligibility for this grant program. When the 2022-23 FAFSA opens on October 1, 2021, it will utilize 2020 income and tax information for incoming fall 2022 students. 
  • Complete all outstanding federal and state requirements, including all verification requirements. Learn more at stockton.edu/verification.  
  • Have an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $0 - $65,000 per year AND an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $15,000 or less, as per the FAFSA.
    • Dependent Students: Parent(s) adjusted gross income (AGI) must be between $0 - $65,000 per year. (Student income, if any, will NOT be factored in to the (AGI) requirement.)
    • Independent Students: Student and spouse (if applicable) adjusted gross income (AGI) must be between $0 - $65,000 per year.
    • NOTE: A negative adjusted gross income (AGI) is ineligible for the Stockton Promise grant. 

How to Apply

  1. Submit and complete your FREE application for admission (if you have not yet done so). Promo codes to waive the $50 application fee can be found on our Applications page (for use with the Stockton application only). 
    • First-year (freshman) students can apply through the Common App or Stockton application.
    • Transfer students should apply via the Stockton application. 
  2. Complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or HESAA NJ Alternative Application (Dreamer students only).

Students do not need to indicate interest in or submit a separate application for the Stockton Promise grant - all new matriculated students meeting the eligibility requirements are automatically considered. 


Questions? 

Click here for our Stockton Promise FAQ, or contact us below! 


Did you know?

  • Merit scholarships and other sources of financial aid are available to all students, including those not eligible for the Stockton Promise grant.

 

  • Our Foundation Scholarship program awards approximately 200 privately funded scholarships annually to qualified current Stockton students.

  • Stockton has a bill estimator tool that allows you to see how your personal bill might look, depending on how many credits you take, what housing option you choose, or what meal plan you pick.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Stockton Promise grant will be added to qualifying students' financial aid offers beginning with the fall 2021 semester. 

Yes! You will receive the grant for up to four (4) years, as long as you continue to meet the eligibility criteria

The Office of Financial Aid will verify your eligibility based on the eligibility criteria provided above. Once your eligibility has been confirmed, the grant will be added to your financial aid offer. You should continue to check the Financial Aid tab of your goStockton portal for updates to your financial aid offer. 

The Stockton Promise grant will cover the remaining balance of your tuition & fees after all institutional scholarships and federal & state grants are applied. Students eligible for the Stockton Promise grant will NOT be required to take out loans to cover their tuition & fees. 

Total tuition & fees bill - any federal/state grants you are eligible for - any scholarship monies you have received (institutional) = tuition & fees balance that Stockton Promise grant will cover

Important: One-time fees (including, but not limited to, transcript and orientation fees) and enrollment and/or housing deposits are NOT included and will not be covered by the Stockton Promise grant. View a breakdown of all University fees here

Room & Board are NOT included and will not be covered by the Stockton Promise grant. 

If you are an on-campus residential student, you will be encouraged to accept any federal loans provided as part of your financial aid offer and/or explore payment plan options to cover any balance resulting from your room & board (housing/meal plan) costs. Private/external scholarships can also be used to pay any room & board costs. 

Use our bill estimator tool to approximate your costs at Stockton according to number of credits, housing option, and meal plan choice. 

Students will not need to accept Federal Direct Loans (which are typically included as part of a student's financial aid offer) to receive Stockton Promise grant funds.

Since Stockton Promise does NOT cover housing and/or meal plan expenses, you can choose to accept these loans to cover those charges.

If you are offered Federal Direct Loans as part of your financial aid offer but do not want them, you can decline or adjust the amount of loan you wish to accept in your Financial Aid tab of your goStockton portal. Click here to view step-by-step instructions on how to accept/decline your loans. 

You can receive the Stockton Promise grant for up to four (4) years. To maintain eligibility, you must: 

  • Complete the FAFSA annually, no later than April 15 prior to the eligible academic year (for example, the 2022-23 FAFSA would need to be completed by April 15, 2022 in order for eligible students to continue receiving funding for the 2022-23 academic year).
  • Continue to meet the criteria listed in the Eligibility section.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Yes! Financial aid is deducted from your total tuition & fees bill as follows: 

Total tuition & fees bill - any federal/state grants you are eligible for - any scholarship monies you have received (institutional) = tuition & fees balance that Stockton Promise grant will cover

IMPORTANT: Stockton Promise does NOT cover room & board (housing & meal plan) charges.

Stockton strives to make a quality education available to all students. Other sources of aid available include: 

  • Federal & State Grants 
  • Loans (Federal and/or Private)
  • External Scholarships 
  • Foundation Scholarships (for continuing Stockton students, not new/incoming students)

Federal Direct loans are available to many students and are included in qualified students' financial aid packages; students have the option of accepting or declining these loans. Federal Direct PLUS loans are available to qualified parents/guardians of students. A list of frequently used lenders can be found on the Private/Alternative Loan Resource page

We encourage continuing Stockton students to apply for our Foundation Scholarship program, which provides annual awards ranging from $100 - $2,500. Students can also access our Scholarship Resource Center to learn more about external scholarship opportunities. 

Lastly, we offer several different payment plans that provide students and families the opportunity to pay off their balance over 2-5 payments, rather than as a single payment.  

For dependent students, we will strictly be looking at your parent(s) adjusted gross income (AGI) to verify the $0 - $65,000 per year requirement. 

For independent students, the student and their spouse's (if applicable) adjusted gross income (AGI) must be between $0 - $65,000 per year. 

NOTE: The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as per the FAFSA must also be $15,000 or less, in addition to the AGI requirements as listed above. 

The Office of Financial Aid will review your updated FAFSA or HESAA NJ Alternative Application (Dreamer students only) annually to verify continued eligibility. 

If you were initially eligible and received the Stockton Promise grant during your first year at Stockton but then lost eligibility, you may be able to re-qualify for Stockton Promise if you once again meet the eligibility requirements as outlined in the Eligiblity section. Students believing they re-qualify must email the Office of Financial Aid to appeal their eligibility.