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Financial Aid

Overview

Because Ramapo is a state-assisted college, the cost of attending is affordable compared to many other institutions. There are three forms of student financial aid for which application can be made:

  • Grants
  • Loans
  • Work/Study Payments

The package offered to a student is determined by financial need and college year.

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Financial Aid is based on your financial need. Financial aid comes
in the form of grants, loans, and work study. The first step to receiving financial aid is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available starting October 1 each year, and new students should submit their FAFSA no later than March 1 so that we can send you your financial aid award letter around April 1. Ramapo’s School Code for the FAFSA is
009344
.

Visit the FAFSA Website

FAFSA-Tutorial

Seven Easy Steps to the FAFSA, A Student’s Guide to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

For a step-by-step visual guide on completing your FAFSA application, please click on the link below:

Generic Version:
http://www.finaid.ucsb.edu/fafsasimplification/

IRS Data Retrieval Tutorial:
http://www.finaid.ucsb.edu/media/videos/1516/english/irs-data-retrieval.htm

Important Notice for NJ Residents Applying for Financial Aid

NJ Residents:

On the 2016-2017 FAFSA on the Web confirmation page you MUST select the “optional feature” link to apply for NJ State based Financial Aid in order to be considered for NJ State Aid (TAG etc) fro the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA).

If you did not select the optional feature to apply for State aid on the FAFSA On the Web confirmation page, you should go to www.hesaa.org 3-5 business days after submitting your FAFSA online. From there, you should select the link “Report Additional Information for State Aid.”  You will be able to create a login to the state system to provide the additional information they need directly online.

Calendar

Financial Aid Calendar
Sept. through April Prospective students indicate interest in financial aid on admissions applications.
After October 1 Prospective students may obtain the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from the high school guidance counselor or online.
March 1 Deadline to submit FAFSA in order to receive an award letter prior to April 15.
June 1 Last date for students to submit financial aid applications to central processor in order to receive state grants that can be applied to fall charges.
By July 1 College notifies students (who submitted aid applications by June 1) of aid awards.

News/Updates

Fall 2016 Award Letters will begin to be mailed the week of April 1st for new and transfer students. All financial aid correspondence is sent to the Ramapo College email address. Students are urged to check their Ramapo College email regularly.

Guide to Reading Your Financial Aid Award Notification Letter

Financial Aid Resources:

Federal Student Aid Website
NJ Higher Education Assistance Authority (HESAA)
National Student Loan Dad System (NSLDS)
Apply for Alternative Loans
Financial Aid Forms
Apply for Parent Plus Loans, Federal Direct Student loans, Complete Entrance and Exit Counseling