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The New Jersey World Trade Center Scholarship benefits dependent children and surviving spouses of New Jersey residents who were killed in or who died as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001 or who died as result of illness caused by exposure to the attack sites.

Benefits

Waiver of tuition and fees

Eligibility

Students must:

  • Be a child or spouse of an individual who was a NJ resident on September 11, 2001 and who was:
    • killed in the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001
    • died as a result of injuries received in the attack
    • died as a result of illness caused by exposure to the attack sites
    • declared missing and officially presumed dead as a result of the attack
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be a full-time, undergraduate student
  • Eligibility to apply is limited to eight years from the date of the child’s high school graduation and eight years from the date of death for the spouse
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Not have received the maximum allowable number of payments.  For example:  eight semesters of payment for a regular four-year degree program; five semesters of payment for a regular two-year degree program.

How to Apply?

  • The World Trade Center Application will be available in August.
  • Application deadlines:
    • Fall and Spring term – October 1 of the academic year for which aid is requested
    • Spring term only – March 1 of the academic year for which aid is requested

Required Medical Documents for Verification

Appropriate documentation must be forwarded to HESAA to establish that a person who had direct contact with the September 11th attack sites died as a result of illness caused by exposure to the attack sites includes:

  • Proof that the deceased was a New Jersey resident on September 11, 2001.
  • An original or certified copy of the death certificate, or an accurate and complete photocopy of the original or certified copy of the death certificate.
  • A letter from the deceased’s physician stating the cause of death; and
  • Proof that the deceased was registered with an appropriate state or federal registry, including but not limited to:
    • The Victim’s Compensation Fund;
    • The World Trade Center Medical Monitoring & Treatment Program; or
    • The World Trade Center Health Effects Treatment Program at Mount Sinai.

Sign and date the completed New Jersey World Trade Center Scholarship Fund application and mail to NJHESAA, P. O. Box 545, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0545. If you need further information or help in completing this form, call (609) 588-3214.